Black Panther star Winston Duke recently discussed his character M’Baku’s lost Avengers: Endgame footage and reveals what he was doing in the film.
2018’s Black Panther was a major film in many ways but it was also the film that helped turn Winston Duke into a relatively unknown character actor to a sought after star. In Black Panther, he played M’Baku the leader of Jabari Tribe and was originally a rival for the crown of Wakanda. He would eventually help T’Challa in his fight against Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger.
Winston Duke would eventually go on to reprise the role of M’Baku in Avengers: Infinity War where he helped Black Panther and the Avengers defend Wakanda against Thanos’ army. He was ultimately spared from Thanos’ snap and eventually returns to battle Thanos’ forces in Avengers: Endgame during the film’s climactic battle. Unfortunately, as it turned out, much of M’Baku’s fighting was left on the cutting room floor.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Winston Duke discussed a bit of M’Baku’s lost Avengers: Endgame footage. He sadly didn’t reveal what M’Baku had been doing in the years after Thanos’ snap but did reveal that M’Baku did a lot of fighting and that he was sad to see it cut:
“The raw footage was just so long with everyone that my stuff didn’t make it in. I filmed so much fighting for it, and I was really bummed to not see any of it in the movie. I did so many fighting scenes in Endgame during that final battle… It was really cool. Marvel knows what they’re doing, and it all leads to the best product. So, I am happy; I was just very disappointed that nobody got to see all the stuff I was doing.”
What do you all make of Winston Duke’s comments? Are you sad to hear that his M’Baku footage was cut from Avengers: Endgame? What did you think of his character in Black Panther? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Winston Duke’s M’Baku last appeared in Avengers: Endgame. Here is the official synopsis for the film:
The grave course of events set in motion by Thanos that wiped out half the universe and fractured the Avengers ranks compels the remaining Avengers to take one final stand in Marvel Studios’ grand conclusion to twenty-two films, “Avengers: Endgame.”
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter