‘Black Panther’: Man-Ape’s Motivations Could Extend To ‘Infinity War’

The trailer for Marvel's Black Panther dropped this Friday and gave us our first look at Winston Duke's character: Man-Ape.

This weekend saw the release of Black Panther’s teaser trailer, Ryan Coogler’s first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The teaser trailer was met with positive reactions, with many praising the film’s visual aesthetic, adherence to the source material, and emphasis on African culture.

Despite everyone’s admiration of the teaser trailer, we don’t know much about T’Challa’s first solo outing, though we can speculate. It’s anyone’s guess how many villains this film has, but it has been widely assumed that Michael B. Jordan’s character, Erik Killmonger, will be the film’s main villain. However, in the trailer, we got a decent look at Winston Duke’s character, M’Baku, better known as Man-Ape.

During their trailer breakdown with director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Entertainment Weekly took a moment to describe Man-Ape.

As the ruler of the mountain tribe, he has a ruthless nature, and in the comics — where he wore a mask and white, fur-covered armor and went by the name “Man-Ape” — he was one of Black Panther’s most dangerous foes.

It was reported that M’Baku will also appear in Avengers: Infinity War, signaling that Black Panther won’t be the end for Man-Ape. Who knows, maybe Man-Ape could be a pawn of sorts for Thanos? Only time will tell as we move forward into 2018.

Here’s the synopsis for Black Panther.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Black Panther will be in theaters on February 16, 2018.

Source: Entertainment Weekly