Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Winston Duke has opened up on where M’Baku and the Jabari fit into Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In 2018, Black Panther hit theaters and introduced the world to several new characters. One of the biggest show stealers in the film was Winston Duke’s M’Baku. The leader of the Jabari tribe, the character, and his people lived in isolation from the rest of Wakanda and initially was a rival for the throne. Eventually, he and his people joined T’Challa in his battles against Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger.
Winston Duke reprised the role of M’Baku for Avengers: Infinity War and shot footage for Avengers: Endgame that was ultimately cut from the film. In both instances, he fought alongside T’Challa against Thanos’ forces. With the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, it isn’t entirely clear who will take on the mantle of Black Panther, though it has been reported that Duke has an expanded role in the film. What has been made clear, however, is that his character will no longer stand on the sidelines in Wakanda’s issues.
In the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, M’Baku can be seen fighting Namor’s forces. While speaking to ScreenRant, Winston Duke discussed his role in the film and how his character fits into Wakanda, revealing that he can no longer stay on the sidelines:
“I think the events of ‘Infinity War’ and ‘Endgame’ really showed that the Jabari are now full-fledged members of Wakanda. M’Baku was a part of every single conflict; every event, and I don’t think they could really exist in isolation anymore. They have open borders, and we saw that M’Baku was really Wakandan. His entire community has expanded.
Now we get to see how he figures out a brand-new world for Wakanda; a brand-new world like we’ve had to experience. A world post-COVID; a world post-pandemic or mid-pandemic. Much like us, he’s going through a lot of the same things and figuring out how to move forward. This movie really deals and dives into that a lot.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will star Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, and Tenoch Huerta
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 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 video content.