Black Bolt is the voice of authority in the Inhuman kingdom, which is ironic, as he rarely utters a sound. His ability to harness ambient electrons is directly linked to the speech center of his brain, and even the tiniest peep out of his mouth will cause … a disturbance. That is to say, his barest whisper could cause tornado-level destruction. At a full-on shout, Black Bolt could easily destroy a planet. Eat your heart out, Dragonborn.
Obviously, projecting strength and regal intensity without speaking will be a challenge for the man cast in the role. Anson Mount, star of the AMC Western drama Hell on Wheels, was tapped for the lead in February 2017, and Marvel Television boss Jeph Loeb thinks he's up for it. "Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently," Loeb said in making the announcement. "His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing, almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt."
The Inhuman King may not be a household name, but it's easy to forget that, not so long ago, Iron Man wasn't either. With the core members of the Avengers' time in the MCU likely winding down, Black Bolt is another "B-level" character who could rise to A-level prominence.