By Travis Martin
While it was previously announced that “Black Panther” would have Michael B. Jordan as the main villain Erik Killmonger and rumored that Andy Serkis would return as Ulysses ‘the Klaw’ Klaue, a new villain has been announced. According to Variety, actor Winston Duke has been cast as M’Baku aka Man-Ape. Duke is primarily known for his roles in NBC‘s “Person of Interest“ and on the CW‘s “The Messengers.“ He has also had minor roles on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and on “Major Crimes“ on TNT.
In the comics M’Baku belonged to a tripe within Wakanda that considered itself separate and sovereign to the country and its monarchy. Being his tribe’s strongest warrior, M’Baku believed that only the strongest should rule Wakanda. He also wanted to bring back the White Gorilla cult that was outlawed by current monarchy rooted in the Black Panther cult. After hunting one of Wakanda’s rare white gorillas, he ate its flesh and bathed in its blood. This magically enhanced M’Baku’s strength and stamina. He then gave himself the name Man-Ape, and sought to usurped T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as ruler.
The film will also star Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye, with Ryan Coogler directing with a script by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole. “Black Panther” comes out on February 16, 2018.