‘Black Panther’ Antagonist M’Baku Will Not Be Called ‘Man-Ape’

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Marvel is looking to get away from causing controversy over the name of one of their characters (M’Baku) by not using his supervillain alias (Man-Ape) in the film.

The latest reveal from Entertainment Weekly as part of their ongoing Black Panther coverage is that Winston Duke’s M’Baku will only be referred to by his own name. Executive producer Nate Moore explained that this was to avoid a bunch of ugly discussions about whether or not the movie is racist (in spite of the movie having an almost entirely black cast, an African-American director, and being one of the few tentpoles that feature an African superhero):

“Having a black character dress up as an ape, I think there’s a lot of racial implications that don’t sit well, if done wrong. But the idea that they worship the gorilla gods is interesting because it’s a movie about the Black Panther who, himself, is a sort of deity in his own right.”

The Black Panther mythos itself heavily emphasizes the tribes of Wakanda modeling themselves after various animals, so it’s good to see that the movie version of M’Baku will still honor apes in his own way. But in a time where racial tensions in the United States are incredibly high, it’s a shrewd move on Marvel’s part to adjust something so that nobody has to get into a messy fight over this sort of thing.

Black Panther strikes on February 16, 2018. The movie will feature a cast that includes Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa (Black Panther), Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T’Chaka, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Kilmonger, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Winston Duke as M’Baku (Man-Ape). In addition, Atandwa Kani has been cast in an unspecified role.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

7 Reasons To Be Excited For ‘Black Panther’

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Black PantherBlack Panther is coming back, and trust me when I say his movie will be worth seeing.

I know it’s hard to get excited when there are so many superhero movies coming out every year, but Black Panther is a character that deserves a shot on the big screen. Not only was he the first black superhero, he naturally serves as an extension to the rest of the MCU. Finally we’re not focusing on someone from New York City, T’Challa was born and raised in Wakanda, a whole different jungle compared to NYC.

Black Panther is as smart as Mr. Fantastic and as fierce a fighter as Batman. Unlike most of the marvel characters who are defined by one trait, Iron Man as dependent on tech or Cap as overly patriotic, Black Panther is a multi-faceted character.

I almost gave this list 8 reasons just because I’m excited to see what Stan Lee’s cameo is gonna be. Fingers crossed for a stereotypical tourist on safari.

Hit Next to learn the seven reasons you should be excited to see Black Panther on the big screen!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • JediBB8

    Smart call, Marvel!