We have been hearing since San Diego Comic-Con that Marvel’s Black Panther would feature two villains. Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) has already been officially announced and many assume the second would be Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), a character that first appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015. That may not be the case, however, as Variety reports that Winston Duke (Person of Interest) will be playing M’Baku in Black Panther.
M’Baku is also known as Man-Ape, one of Black Panther’s more famous foes. He is a native of Wakanda, the fictional African nation over which T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) will now rule. M’Baku has been known to challenge T’Challa’s rule of the country taking a specific offense to Wakanda becoming a technological power in the world.
It is possible that M’Baku and Killmonger will join forces to overthrow T’Challa in, but that may not necessarily be the case. In the comics, M’Baku and Killmonger have been enemies far more often than they’ve been friends, so perhaps Black Panther will feel a bit like Game of Thrones will several (or at least three) parties all trying to gain or retain the crown.
Whether he’s fighting a battle on multiple fronts or facing a united front, T’Challa is going to have his hands full.
Black Panther will be directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler. Joe Robert Cole is the other co-writer on the screenplay and the film will also star Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira. It will begin production early next year for a February 16, 2018 release.
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