Marvel’s Black Panther boasts a stacked ensemble of remarkable actors. One of the great performers in this Ryan Coogler-directed entry within the Marvel Cinematic Universe is actor Winston Duke, who has the privilege of playing M’Baku in the film.
In the film, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) will be dealing with the burden of his position in power after his father’s death forces him to take the mantle as Black Panther as well as the King of Wakanda. Alongside the amount of responsibility he has, he also has a bit of a challenge to face when it comes to M’Baku.
Duke appeared at San Diego Comic-Con alongside his fellow co-stars to promote the highly-anticipated film. Duke spoke to ScreenRant to give fans a few hints regarding M’Baku’s role in the story:
M’Baku’s function for a long time as been as a big challenge to T’Challa and I believed that’s retained. That’s stayed, but I think where we focused on is strong storytelling elements, so deepening his attachments, making him more three-dimensional. So he is deeply attached to his people, very culturally grounded and, once we found those attachments, we then know why he would really challenge and why he would do so much and how far he would be willing to go to achieve whatever goals he has.
When audiences visit Wakanda for the first time on the big screen, they are certainly in for an exciting adventure into one of the most exciting places in all of comics. The amount of history that Wakanda exhibits is worth an entire movie on its own, and the fact that we will continue to explore more of it in Black Panther is all the more exciting.
Which characters are you most excited to see in Black Panther? How do you think Duke will portray the character of M’Baku onscreen? Will his relationship with T’Challa be one of the most fascinating dynamics in the film? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all your latest news regarding Black Panther and the rest of the MCU.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kan.
Marvel’s Black Panther will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.