Looks like Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) won’t be the only villain the newly minted King of Wakanda, the man formerly known as Prince T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), will have to go toe to toe with in Marvel’s Black Panther.
According to Variety, actor Winston Duke (Person of Interest, The Messengers) has been cast in the key role of Marvel villain M’Baku, aka Man-Ape. Marvel has apparently been testing quite a few actors for the part in the past week, including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (The Get Down). The site also reports that Marvel has declined to comment.
One of Black Panther’s greatest rivals, Man-Ape first appeared in the pages of Avengers #62 in 1969, and was created by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. In the comics, M'Baku was one Wakanda's most powerful warriors, second only to Black Panther. Planning to usurp the throne of the technologically advanced African country and return it to a more primitive state with the help of the White Gorilla Cult, he gained superhuman strength by consuming the flesh of white gorilla and bathing in white gorilla blood. Nope. Not getting queasy. Not. At. All. M’Baku tried to defeat T'Challa in combat but was defeated and banished from Wakanda.
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed) from a script co-written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther also stars Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye, and Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia. The superhero movie is slated to arrive in theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
What do you think of the casting of Winston Duke as Man-Ape?