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Iwan Rheon on ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ having “No Villains”

Written By: Nick Poulimenakos

Marvel is looking to make a big splash on the TV side of the MCU once again with the upcoming premiere of Marvel’s Inhumans.” The show is touted to be taking the MCU in a different direction and will feature very unique and complex characters. The show has quite the cast lined up and the villain role of Maximus the Mad will be played by Game of Thrones alum, Iwan Rheon who is now speaking out on his character’s arc.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Rheon spoke about the show not actually featuring any “villains” but rather, characters with morally gray areas.

“There are no villains. It’s developing as we go along. Maximus, he wants to help the people. He’s actually genuinely out to help people in a system he believes is wrong and unjust.”

“What’s great about this show, is it has sort of gray areas in terms of what is a villain, what isn’t. It’s not black and white.”

The Inhumans have had quite the rocky history with the MCU. Originally, the species made their debut in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, while the royal Inhuman family were originally slated to have their own feature film but that was eventually scrapped in favour of an ABC TV series. The show is developed by Iron Fist showrunner Scott Buck.

Personally, the trailer for the series did not get me excited for the premiere. It just didn’t have the flare of excitement past MCU shows have. However, Rheon’s comments do tease something exciting. As per usual, most villains don’t consider themselves bad because they believe that what they are doing is right. It will be interesting to see what Rheon means by Maximus wanting to help people. He obviously doesn’t believe in the current leadership. Will he be a benevolent leader? A vicious dictator? I guess by the time September rolls around, we’ll have our answer.

The first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans will debut in IMAX theaters on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. The full eight-episode series will air on ABC on Fridays as part of the fall television lineup.

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