Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has a lot of surprises in it. But even with Reed Richards there, one of the biggest shocks was the return of Anson Mount’s Black Bolt. The last time he embodied the character was for the universally despised Inhumans show—that’s even putting it lightly. Many refer to it as one of the worst projects Marvel has ever done, and it holds an impressive 11% on Rotten Tomatoes; a really hard score to achieve for a television series.
So why in the world would Marvel want him back? The actor deserved another go at it. Mount did the best he could with what he was given. He even went and created his own unique sign language for the character to communicate with on screen. That’s dedication.
Now, Mount has spoken out for the first time about returning to the role in the most recent Marvel Studios outing.
Black Bolt Actor (Non-Fatally) Breaks Silence on Doctor Strange Return
Actor Anson Mount has finally spoken out about his surprising return as Black Bolt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, after he played the role on ABC's Inhumans.
The actor recalled how "getting the call from [Kevin Feige] was one of the most unexpected of [his] life," and how it was "an honor [and] joy to finally work [with] Sam Raimi," who "reached out to engage [on] how best to [make his return]:"
"Finally able to discuss this w/out providing too many spoilers. Getting the call from @Kevfeige was one of the most unexpected of my life. It was an honor & joy to finally work w/ Sam Raimi who reached out to engage me on how best to do this. Beyond grateful for the experience."
Alongside the tweet, he included an image of the iconic Inhuman leader, which seems to be a character model from the mobile game Marvel Future Fight:
Will Black Bolt Return in Another Marvel Project?
For those who knew the actor and character, many loved the opportunity to see Mount portray Black Bolt in the proper way—tuning fork and all. With how viciously negative the reception to the show was, this opportunity undoubtedly meant the world to the actor.
But, seeing as Earth-838’s Black Bolt is dead, will the character ever show up in the MCU’s main reality?
With the X-Men, and mutants in general, eventually entering the MCU, introducing Inhumans is an extremely difficult task. To a general audience, they could end up seeming too similar and redundant—even if there are clear differences between the two species.
Also, Ms. Marvel happens to have a direct connection to the Inhumans and the Royal Family. However, it seems that link has been erased and shaped into something else entirely for her upcoming Disney+ series.
All that is to say, the signs don’t look so good. Since the reception to Mount’s return has been notably strong, perhaps the studio will take another look at where the Inhumans could fit into the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is playing in theaters worldwide, and Anson Mount can currently be seen in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.