Winston Duke Reportedly Has ‘Expanded Role’ In ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’

Is M'Baku the next Black Panther?

Winston Duke Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Winston Duke reportedly renegotiated his contract to receive higher pay due to this “expanded role” in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Wakanda Forever might be the most mysterious Marvel project in production, mainly due to how the film will address the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Kevin Feige already confirmed they would not be recasting T’Challa. However, it’s expected the film will see a new Black Panther. Many speculate that Shuri assumes the role, but a new report also puts Winston Duke’s M’Baku in play.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Winston Duke received a “hefty raise” for Wakanda Forever. THR then revealed that Duke earned more money because of “an expanded role in the Panther mythos.” No other details were provided, but this could mean that M’Baku might end up being the one to take on the mantle.

Here is the synopsis for the first film:

After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

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

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on July 8, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.