The release of the newest Doctor Strange movie gave us a lot of different cameo appearances because, after all, this is a movie that is connected to the entire multiverse theory in the greater MCU. In that regard, we saw the MCU return of actor Anson Mount, who once played an MCU character in the Inhumans before the show ultimately got canceled. But who is Anson Mount in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
Anson Mount reprised the role of Blackagar Boltagon, or Black Bolt, in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness but played the universe-838 version of the character. In the movie, he serves as one of the members of the Illuminati, considering that he is the leader of the Inhumans.
It is interesting to note that most of the cameo appearances in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness are characters from a different universe. This includes the entire Illuminati, a group that’s based in universe-838 and is universe-638’s counterpart for the Avengers. In that regard, let’s look at what we know about Anson Mount’s Black Bolt in Multiverse of Madness.
Who Is Anson Mount Playing in Doctor Strange 2?
There have already been news regarding the possible appearance of a certain Anson Mount in the upcoming Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Of course, news such as this is not entirely uncommon, especially due to the fact plenty of people have been speculating about the possible appearances of different Marvel characters in a movie that explores the multiverse.
Going back to Anson Mount, the movie did confirm that he is actually a member of the cast but in a limited role because of the fact that his character hardly had any lines and that he didn’t have a lot of screentime. That said, Anson Mount returned as Black Bolt, the king of the Inhumans, during the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And this isn’t Black Bolt’s first rodeo in Marvel Studios.
There is actually an Inhumans series that explores Black Bolt and the rest of the Inhumans. However, because of its poor critical and audience reception, it was never renewed for a second season, as it looked like Marvel was all but done with their plans regarding this superhero group.
While Black Bolt did indeed appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the chances of Inhumans getting another shot are very slim, considering the fate of the character in the movie. Of course, it is also important to note that the Black Bolt that appeared in Doctor Strange 2 is the universe-838 variant of the character. As such, it is unlikely that the Inhumans will return anytime soon or that Anson Mount will once again reprise his role as Black Bolt in the future.
Who Is Black Bolt?
It is fairly understandable for a lot of people not to know who Black Bolt is, especially for the non-comic readers and for those who never saw the less-than-satisfactory Inhumans series. And that’s why we are here to talk more about the character.
As mentioned, Blackagar Boltagon is the leader of a superhero group called the Inhumans, but he is also the king of a race of genetically altered humans called the Inhumans, who live in the fictional world of Atillan.
Black Bolt was born to two Atillan geneticists, who altered his physiology while he was still an embryo. That gave him amazing powers that are beyond what any other Inhuman is capable of. And Inhumans are already powerful as they are because they have better physiology compared to regular humans.
Black Bolt’s powers are based on his ability to control particles using his voice. His control over particles is so strong that a simple whisper can kill a person. That’s why Black Bolt never speaks, as uttering a sentence can possibly level an entire city. In the comics, he was even so strong that a shout could damage an entire planet.
That said, Black Bolt communicates using his telepathic powers. He could also communicate using sign language or by asking someone to interpret for him. But the gist is that he does not talk, as he has mastered the art of keeping his silence, even while he is asleep, so that he could avoid accidentally killing people.
In the Inhumans series, what happened was that his brother rebelled and took over their homeland of Atillan. However, Black Bolt escaped with the Inhumans and led them to Earth so that they could live normal lives. If you are interested in the series, you can catch it on Disney+, as watching it will allow you to get to know the Black Bolt and the Inhumans better, especially if you haven’t seen Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
What Happened To Black Bolt In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?
As mentioned, Anson Mount returned as Black Bolt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In this movie, he is the universe-838 version of the character and is one of the leaders that belong to the group called the Illuminati. The Illuminati in universe-838 is the counterpart of the Avengers in the sense that this is a group that’s composed of the leaders of the different superhero groups all over the world. And considering that Black Bolt is the king of the Inhumans, he deserved a seat in the Illuminati.
In the movie, the Illuminati revealed that the Doctor Strange of universe-838 actually got corrupted by the Darkhold when he was trying to find a way to defeat Thanos by dreamwalking into other dimensions. However, he unknowingly caused an incursion that resulted in the destruction of different universes and the loss of countless lives.
As such, the Illuminati decided to execute Doctor Strange after defeating Thanos because of his crimes against the multiverse. It was Black Bolt who executed him by uttering the words “I’m sorry,” which were enough to cause enough sound that completely eradicated universe-838 Strange from the face of the planet. After that, the Illuminati made a cover-up story of Strange sacrificing himself to defeat Thanos because they needed a story that would explain his death and because they thought that the world needed a hero.
Meanwhile, after the possessed 838 Wanda attacked the Illuminati base, Black Bolt was the first to die at the hands of the Scarlet Witch. Reed Richards threatened Wanda that a simple whisper from Black Bolt could kill her. However, Scarlet Witch used her hex powers to erase Black Bolt’s mouth just as he was about to speak. The feedback from his powers killed him as his head exploded because the sound he created couldn’t escape from his mouth.
So, what happened was that the universe-838 version of Black Bolt died during Wanda’s attack on the Illuminati base as the entire Illuminati leadership got murdered by the Scarlet Witch herself, who proved to be too powerful for any of them to handle.