There’s no doubt that Black Panther was one of the highlights of the recent Captain America: Civil War movie. Since then, the hype surrounding the Black Panther standalone movie has reached fever pitch, with a whole host of actors rumoured to be playing alongside T’Challa in Marvel’s next big hitter – including returning Marvel characters, as well as new introductions.
Andy Serkis is alleged to be returning to Marvel Studios to resume his role as Ulysses Klaue, last seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, sporting a rather nasty looking Ultron related injury.
As we already know, Ulysses Klaue is a black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster whose base of operation is located in South Africa. His experience with Marvel so far has seen him involved with Tony Stark, back in Stark’s weapons-dealing days, and has also had encounters with Hydra leader, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker in the past too.
Klaue’s role in Black Panther currently remains unclear, but I wouldn’t hesitate to assume that he is already known to the titular character, given that he already has ties to Wakanda. Klaue managed to steal large amounts of vibranium from the country and while the metal made it out safely, Klaue was captured and had ‘thief’ burned into the back of his neck, written in the native Wakandan tongue.
Klaue was also involved in an assassination attempt of the previous Black Panther, T’Chaka. He was paid ten million dollars, but was also motivated to take the job as he had a personal hatred for T’Chaka, who killed his great-grandfather in the 19th Century.
I have to say, I like this addition. I enjoyed his brief encounter in Age of Ultron and would like to see his story built upon from a newer perspective. I also think there will be a mutual hatred between Klaue and T’Challa that I’d like to see explored on screen.
Everett K. Ross
Admittedly, there wasn’t much of an origin story offered for Martin Freeman’s role in Civil War, he was simply introduced as someone that pulled a lot of strings. Quite poetic, in a sense, given that, canonically speaking, Everett K. Ross was relatively faceless until he came face to face with Black Panther – as a result, becoming synonymous with the Wakandan king. However, Ross’ introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already set up his obvious inclusion in the future Black Panther film, so it will be interesting to see how it develops.
Canonically, he was first introduced when the Wakandan King visited New York, but I’m assuming that through his introduction in Civil War, this will not be repeated. Ross’ character has always been portrayed as someone cynical, yet inspired – like Martin Freeman’s own character, I’m guessing. He has often appeared in the Black Panther comic book canon as a slightly more ridiculous and comedic character, and the marked difference between Ross and Black Panther has been highlighted through the former’s cluelessness in comparison, to the latter’s masterfully strategic manner of conducting himself.
The only two cast members who have been confirmed as certain for the upcoming Black Panther movie are Michael B. Jordan (Creed) and Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 12 Years a Slave) and although there are no clear confirmations on who either will be playing in the movie, there are a whole host of characters that are available to both.
Monica is a singer who saved T’Challa from drowning, after he was defeated by Killmonger. Within the Marvel comic canon, Monica Lynne has been a perpetual and longstanding love interest of Black Panther’s – whom he pledged his eternal devotion towards.
Historically, N’gassi has always acted as a close colleague to King T’Challa. During times when Black Panther was required to leave the country, N’Gassi acted as regent to the king.
Queen Divine Justice
While most people believe Lupita Nyong’o will be playing T’Challa’s love interest in the movie, I quite like the idea of her playing the queen of Jabari tribe. She’s relatively smart and was raised in Chicago, as well as previously acting as the former Dora Milaje of T’Challa (which basically means she is ceremonially betrothed/bodyguard of Black Panther).
Her original name is Chanté Giovanni Brown, which sounds pretty amazing – not as good as ‘Queen Divine Justice’ but still good.
Traditionally, W’Kabi as always acted as the chief of Wakandan security, and is also T’Challa’s loyal second-in-command. In the comic books, he was killed by Morlun alongside a second warrior, Zuri as they were protecting a wounded T’Challa.
I’m not entirely sure if that means he will be axed almost as soon as he arrives in the upcoming Black Panther movie, but I hope not; he has a bionic arm, containing internal weaponry that can emit deadly blasts, which will look pretty cool on the big screen, I’d imagine.
One of T’Challa’s most trusted advisers; he is a grumpy and gigantic elderly warrior, and a very close friend of Black Panther’s father, T’Chaka.
Achebe was a poor farmer in South Africa, who sold his soul to the demon, Mephisto. He is portrayed as an unpredictable and a lunatic, as well as a warrior-mystic, who has regular conversations with his hand-puppet, Daki. He also has delusions that his hand-puppet is alive.
Truthfully, he reminds me a little of the Joker, in the sense that he is relatively enthusiastic about engineering plots of social unrest for his own profit and/or entertainment.
Originally known as N’Jadaka, his father worked for the villain Klaw (i.e. Ulysses Klaue). When Klaw fled the country, N’Jadaka’s family were exiled by T’Challa. After this, N’Jadaka grew up in Harlem, New York, where he developed a hatred of both Klaw and Black Panther.
It makes sense for him to be featured, especially if the Black Panther movie chooses to introduce Monica Lynne as Black Panther’s love interest as per the comic books. I think he’d be an interesting villain, but I’m not entirely sure if I like the idea of too many villains.
Also a former Dora Milaje (ceremonial betrothed/bodyguard) of T’Challa, Malice is a Wakandan mutate with superhuman strength, speed and agility.
Another villain allegedly added to the Black Panther cast. Man-Ape is the ruler of the Jabara tribe, a recognised micro-nation within Wakanda’s borders. He plotted to usurp the throne with the assistance of the outlawed White Gorilla cult – ancient rivals of the Black Panther cult.
I’m not really sure if I can handle the sheer amount of villains being rumoured to appear in the upcoming Black Panther movie, I’m hoping that these are either going to be spread out over numerous films, or they’re simply fleshing out possibilities for the plot.
He is T’Challa’s adopted elder brother, as well as the former leader of the Hatut Zeraze, who are the espionage elite police of Wakanda. He was ultimately exiled by his brother, due to using torture and assassinations in his zeal to root out potential threats to national security.
We need to remember that these names are simply rumours and that there is no official stance from Marvel regarding the legitimacy of the casting rumours, so it may not be quite as an extensive cast as the rumours suggest.
What do you think of the upcoming Black Panther movie? Let me know in the comments!