We all came to love (well, hate) Iwan Rheon as Game of Thrones' emphatic villain Ramsay Bolton, but while the character of the bloodthirsty bastard is hard to forget, the actor is doing everything he can to avoid being typecast in Marvel's new superhero show Inhumans. Yep, even if he is playing someone called Maximus the Mad.
If you're not a comic book expert or haven't watched Agents of SHIELD since season 2, then the Inhumans are superhumans created after going through Terrigenesis, a process which exposes them to special mists which trigger their powers. Basically, think of it as super-puberty.
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However, Rheon's Maximus – brother to the group's mute leader and king, Black Bolt – strikes out when he goes through super-puberty. No, he doesn't get a squeaky voice that hasn't quite broken and some questionable facial hair. Instead, he gets lumbered as a human with no powers whatsoever. Bummer.
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Speaking to Digital Spy on the set of Inhumans in Hawaii, Iwan explained that his humanity is seen as a weakness by the rest of his kind: "He's kind of looked down on by the rest of the Royal Family and the people of Attilan because he's not one of them, in theory. It's kind of the worst thing that can happen to you."
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Yep, somehow this is still viewed as the worst thing that can happen to you, even though fellow Inhumans such as Triton (Mike Moh) will basically look like a fish on legs.
But with a name like Maximus the Mad and the fact the character has been an antagonist in the comics, surely Ramsay Iwan could be slipping back into his old ways?
"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 grey areas in terms of what is a villain and what isn't.
"Maximus is very considered. He's a politician; he thinks. He doesn't do his own dirty work; he manipulates people to do things for him.
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"You could see Black Bolt as cruel because he's sending all the people to live in horrible conditions and mine for resources for them. Is he a villain for doing that?"
Good question. Sadly, it's one we won't know the answer to until the show debuts at IMAX on September 1, 2017. So could the dynamic between Black Bolt and Maximus echo a certain other pair of famous siblings from the MCU? Namely, Thor and Loki?
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"Yeah, possibly yeah," explained Iwan. "He's incredibly loyal to his brother and he loves his family, but he also feels very strongly about the world that he lives in and how he wants it to change and how he believes it should be, so that's where you get a sort of conflict."
Plus, there's the fact neither Black Bolt or Maximus will be sporting the luscious long hair of the fan-favourite Asgardians.
Experience the first chapter of Marvel's Inhumans exclusively in IMAX from Sept 1 and on ABC in the US on September 29. A UK broadcaster is yet to be announced.
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