From going to one of the most well-known franchises to a lesser known Marvel comic, Iwan Rheon’s taking a leap of faith joining Marvel’s latest TV series Inhumans.
Rheon, who played a primary antagonist particularly to Sansa in the past few seasons of Game of Thrones, was initially hesitant to take on the role of the villainous Maximus, who attempts to usurp the authority of his brother, Black Bolt (Anson Mount), the King of the Inhumans.
“[He’s this] young man who went through terrigenesis and he became nothing. In this society, which is all about what power you have, he’s the lowest of low. The only reason he’s not working down in the mines is because he’s the brother of the king — even though he feels like he’d be a much better king — and he’s a man of the people.”
Despite Black Bolt’s power, the cunning Maximus takes advantage of his political influence and takes over forcing the Black Bolt and his royal family to feel to Hawaii not knowing what is to face them there.
“[We] try to show the side of him that he’s trying to genuinely change the world and try to help out the people who he believes are living in terrible conditions in the caste system,” Rheon says, noting this is where the tension between the brothers comes in. “He believes his brother is not doing anything, so he believes he has to do something himself. He’s perhaps more of an antagonist than a villain. It’s just two opposing ideas. He’s a passionate politician who wants to change things for the better for the people — and maybe for himself.”
So it appears we’ll see a little of Magneto in Maximus than Ramsey from Rheon.
“In a way, he’s a revolutionary and a forward thinker. He genuinely thinks he can change the world for the people. He’s ruthless. He believes that in order to make this happen, these are the things he has to do. He loves his family, they’re the only family he has, it’s a lonely world, but his belief in what he’s doing, he thinks it’s right. He’s just trying to stop suffering. The costs of the decisions that he makes really starts to corrupt him. It’s a very Shakespearean type of story.”
Marvel’s Inhumans will premiere in IMAX on Sept. 1 before premiering on September 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.