Anson Mount is having a career peak with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds but would he ever return to the MCU?
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a career-maker for so many, and while Anson Mount, the star of the show, is no newbie, the same can be said for him. He’s hit a new level in his career, and he’s arguably more in demand than ever before. Sure, he’s an established pro but he’s never had this level of hype before. That doesn’t mean it was his first opportunity, though, as he played a role in the MCU prior to landing on Star Trek.
Before the world was engulfed in streaming service after streaming service, there was a thing called a television set. This television, or “TV”, used to show moving pictures with sound called “television shows”. Pretty freaky, right? Well, Mount was on one of these shows for the then-fledgling MCU. It was called “Inhumans” and it was going to be about a race of elite, gifted individuals who weren’t mutants (but totally were). Disney wanted the Inhumans to be the next big hit, and to be built up like the X-Men and mutants would have been, had the MCU had the rights to those characters at the time.
So since the MCU didn’t have access to the X-Men and mutants thanks to Fox, the Inhumans were tabbed to be the next big hit, because if the Guardians of the Galaxy could be huge, why not these guys, right? Mount was cast as the Inhuman’s leader Black Bolt, a king who if he spoke, would shatter and kill anything and everything around him.
Even a whisper could sink an army. So it’s a big role. Marvel’s fully behind the project, it’s a property that s a need, and it features some pretty big names, like the best villain in Game of Thrones history, Iwan Rheon, aka Ramsey Bolton.
It had everything it needed to succeed, so naturally, it failed.
Would Anson Mount return to the role of Black Bolt in the MCU?
The show failed due to bad writing, poor choices with costumes, and other things out of Mount and the rest of the cast’s hands. It didn’t have the same budget that new MCU shows that are streaming on Disney+ have, and that didn’t help things.
That didn’t stop Mount from returning to the role in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film, where he played a more comic’s accurate version of Black Bolt. That version had a bad day, but did that mean that was the end of things for Mount in the MCU?
Well, Daniel W. Rasmus caught up with Mount at Comic-Con, and after he told Mount that he hoped he’d return to the MCU as Black Bolt, Mount replied, “From your lips to god’s ears.”
That’s an old idiom and if it’s confusing, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It basically means that Mount agrees with the statement. Considering his profile and the MCU’s need to keep replenishing slots in their lineup, it seems possible that Mount could return to the franchise eventually.
Whether he does, or should is a different conversation altogether.