Sunday, October 2, 2016

Will Man-Ape Be In "Black Panther"?

Expectations abut the upcoming "Black Panther" movie is building at feverish space as more and more details are release about the film. This past summer at San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that "Creed" star Michael B. Jordan would appear as Erik Killmonger, one of Black Panther's oldest adversaries.

However, since this is the same African-American Michael B. Jordan who was falsely cast as Johnny Storm, an extremely white superhero with blues eyes in the reboot of "The Fantastic Four," nobody was really excited. To sustain the excitement, a second villain has been added to the mix, who will be played by "Person of Interest" actor Winston Duke.

Variety is reporting that Duke has been cast as M'Baku, better known as Man-Ape, in "Black Panther." No details were provided about this version of the character, but if he's anything like his comic book counterpart, he'll be quite a powerhouse.

"Black Panther" will be Duke's first film role, as his acting credits until now have been on television. His notable appearances include a recurring stint as Dominic in "Person of Interest," as well as guest spots on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Major Crimes."

In the comics, M'Baku was a powerful Wakandan warrior who wanted to usurp the throne with the help of the outlaw White Gorilla Cult. He gained his powers (including super strength, speed, agility, stamina, the usual stuff) when killed one of the namesake animals and both ate it and bathed in its blood.

Now calling himself Man-Ape, he returned to Wakanda to challenge Black Panther, determined to move Wakanda way from technology and back to its primitive state. Unfortunately for Man-Ape, he was defeated in battle by the Wakandan king and thought to be dead for a while.

However, as is the case with many comic book baddies, he eventually resurfaced and has been a recurring thorn in Black Panther's side since. On occasion, he has also joined forces with several super villain teams, like the Lethal Legion and Masters of Evil. M

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