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Winston Duke joins the cast of Black Panther as M'Baku

09.28.2016
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Winston Duke M'Baku Black Panther Man-Ape

When Chadwick Boseman finally takes center stage in Ryan Coogler's BLACK PANTHER, he'll have more than one villain to contend with. Variety reports that Winston Duke (Person of Interest) has been chosen for the role of M'Baku, a super-villain and enemy to Black Panther who also goes by Man-Ape.

M'Baku was one of Wakanda's greatest and most powerful warriors, second only to Black Panther himself, before his plot to usurp the throne revealed his true motives. After killing and consuming one of the rare white gorilla's of Wakanda, M'Baku gained superhuman strength, speed and stamina and became Man-Ape. Variety reports that Marvel had been testing actors for this "key role" for the past week before finally deciding on Winston Duke. In addition to M'Baku, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) will also serve to threaten T'Challa's rule of Wakanda. Production on BLACK PANTHER is set to begin early next year, so I'd imagine that we'll be hearing more about how M'Baku figures into the plot before long.

The young actor is still relatively new to the scene but has appeared in roles on Major Crimes, The Messengers and Person of Interest. As I have seen exactly zero installments of those series, I'll leave it up to those of you who have to decide if he has what it takes to go up against T'Challa. BLACK PANTHER will hit theaters on February 16, 2018.

Source: Variety

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1:53PM on 09/29/2016
He was great on Person of Interest. Looking forward to seeing what he can do here.
He was great on Person of Interest. Looking forward to seeing what he can do here.
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12:10PM on 09/29/2016

Good

Yet; I was hoping for Klaw to be one of the major bad guys, here !
Yet; I was hoping for Klaw to be one of the major bad guys, here !
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11:18AM on 09/29/2016
He was a great bad guy on Person of Interest - this is good casting.
He was a great bad guy on Person of Interest - this is good casting.
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9:05AM on 09/29/2016

Marvels all or nothing mentality

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12:26AM on 09/29/2016

i just hope they can find a compelling villain....

I have no doubt that Boseman will be awesome in the role (I knew it before Civil War came out), but Marvel has a long history of crappy villains and so far they've announced at least 3 in this introductory movie. That doesn't bode well for the quality of the story (unless they play it like the others are working for the main boss villain). I really like Jordan's acting and was hoping that somehow he'd be the main villain to see how he handled it. That is evidently not the case, so I'll cross
I have no doubt that Boseman will be awesome in the role (I knew it before Civil War came out), but Marvel has a long history of crappy villains and so far they've announced at least 3 in this introductory movie. That doesn't bode well for the quality of the story (unless they play it like the others are working for the main boss villain). I really like Jordan's acting and was hoping that somehow he'd be the main villain to see how he handled it. That is evidently not the case, so I'll cross my fingers that they'll find a way to make the challenge equivalent to the hero.
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