Marvel’s Black Panther Gets its Man-Ape


If, like us, you’ve been sitting around wondering if Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie would actually be so bold as to cast Man-Ape, then we’ve got some GREAT news for you! We learned yesterday that director Ryan Coogler (Creed), has gone and cast Person of Interest star, Winston Duke, as the infamous M’Baku, or as he’s better known to comic readers, Man-Ape. Duke joins an already amazing cast including Chadwick Boseman as the titular Black Panther/King T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as a currently unnamed Wakandan warrior, and, while not officially confirmed as of yet, Sebastian Stan, who will hopefully be reprising his role as the Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes.

This is pretty great news if you’re a comics fan as Man-Ape is one of Black Panther’s primary foils and it’s always good when the movies embrace their will to get weird. The character is also the perfect rival to introduce post Black Panther’s introduction in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, wherein we see T’Challa’s father and king of Wakanda, T’Chaka, killed in an explosion that was meant to frame Captain America’s best buddy, Bucky Barnes. This automatically thrust T’Challa into his father’s former seat of power and you know that there will be some rivals to the throne showing up which will likely include both M’Baku’s Man-Ape and Erik Killmonger. Will they be working together to oust the new king of Wakanda in some kind of epic Man-Ape led coup, or will they be competing forces to the throne? Currently details on Black Panther are fairly sparse, but we’re hoping that with the release of this most current information, more will follow shortly.

In the comics, Man-Ape appears as the second highest ranking Wakandan warrior, second only to the Black Panther. Feeling the need for greed, he tries to usurp the throne from King T’Challa with the help of the infamous White Gorilla Cult and is ultimately banished. His superhuman strength, speed, and agility were bestowed upon him after he ate the flesh and bathed in the blood of a white gorilla, hence his mantle, Man-Ape. If you’re interested in learning more about either Black Panther or Man-Ape, check out Marvel’s, Essential Black Panther Vol. 1.

Again, it’s a bit of a mystery how Man-Ape will play into the Black Pather’s movie, but the foundation that’s been laid for both the Black Panther and his country is completely solid. It would be fairly easy for the writers to work Man-Ape into a more contemporary character and a formidable foe for T’Challa.

So what do you think about Duke’s casting? Are you excited for the upcoming Black Panther movie? What upcoming Marvel movies are you most excited to see? As always, let us know in the comments box below.

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