Who is Maximus the Mad?

Who is Maximus the Mad?

He is a crazy, but genius member of the Inhuman Royal Family.  He has the power to control and manipulate people's minds.  Maximus the Mad will be a main character in the Inhumans show/film and will played by actor Ewan Rheon of Game and Thrones fame.

Real name:  Maximus Boltagon

Race: Inhuman

First appearance: Fantastic 4 #47 (1966)

Fun Facts:
  • He is the primary antagonist of the Inhumans Royal Family
  • He is one of the only characters who can understand Groot
Sneak Peak of Inhumans Episode 3.  Maximus is seeking to send more help to Auran to track down the Royal Family members.  To do so he seeks the help of a dangerous Inhuman.


Maximus is a member of the Royal family behind only his older brother in line to be King.  His brother is the powerful Blackbolt.  At an early age Blackbolt was put in seclusion due to his enormously destructive sonic super power and during this time Maximus began to scheme on how he could become King.  When Blackbolt leaves seclusion Maximus tries to trick him into using his power.  Blackbolt is not tricked and Maximus only manages to make himself look bad.  Maximus is made insane by being too close to Blackbolt's sonic scream when he used it to destroy an enemy Kree emissaries ship.  Maximus had been plotting with the Kree agent to overthrow the Inhumans.  Unfortunately, the sonic assault also killed Blackbolt's and Maximus's parents ship as well.

While Blackbolt feels bad for what happened to his brother  he still sees him has threat.  Due to his constant treachery he is eventually banished from the home of the Inhuman's their floating city of Attilan.

Maximus has been successful at various times of driving his brother away and taking the throw for himself.  The first one when he caused the Alpha Primitives an Inhumans subclass to revolt.  He rules for a time while Blackbolt searches for Medusa who had lost her memory.  When Blackbolt returns to Attilan he immediately retakes the crown.

Maximus comes back in a benevolent capacity but he is never fully trusted.  His desire to be king seems to always resurface.

 Skills and Powers:
Maximus is extremely intelligent and is one of the foremost minds in the Marvel Universe.  However, his mind was scrambled at a young age due to being too close to Blackbolt's sonic scream.  While Maximus is still a genius, he is not always thinking rationally.

Maximus has the power to control and manipulate people's minds.  He can use this power on Blackbolt who has trained his mind against psionic attack.  Maximus's powers are generally shown to be less than those of Charles Xavier.  They could have potentially been stronger if his mind had not been impaired by Blackbolt's sonic scream.

Ewan Rheon playing Ramsay Snow

Maximus the Mad will be a main character in the Inhumans show/film and will played by actor Ewan Rheon of Game and Thrones fame.   Ewan played the villain Ramsay Snow where he terrified audiences with his characters brutality.

Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb commented on the casting of Ewan as Maximus the Mad saying:
"Iwan's ability to be charming, roguish and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life. We’re thrilled to have him on board,"
Inhumans' two-part pilot will debut in IMAX theaters on September 1, with extended versions of those episodes making their ABC television debut September 26.


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