Marvel Studios has done a considerably good job of finding young, talented actors while they are on the rise.They seem to have struck gold again with British actor Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out, Black Mirror), a film teeming with young talent.
Kaluuya, who will fill the role of T’Challa’s most loyal ally, W’Kabi, has been thrust into the spotlight following his turn in the hugely successful horror film Get Out. During a recent interview with GQ about some of the controversial comments made by fellow MCU actor Samuel L. Jackson, Kaluuya was asked to update the status of Black Panther. His comments, while brief, certainly generate even more excitement for the film, which has been called a “geopolitical thriller” by Kevin Fegie:
“This is an African blockbuster, bruv. This is like Game of Thrones. This is crazy. And Ryan Coogler is just, man dem. He’s like us! He’s a normal dude, in a Golden State hat and a Tupac T-shirt directing the whole set. It’s the most beautiful thing to see.“
The comparison of Black Panther to Game of Thrones almost certainly points to at least some part of the nation of Wakanda not being content with T’Challa following his father as the King. We expect that Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger will be among those who challenge T’Challa for the throne and that Kaluuya’s W’Kabi will stand firmly by the side of his king. In the comics, W’Kabi served as T’Challa’s second-in-command and as the commander of Wakanda’s security forces. His distrust for anyone and anything non-Wakandan often caused some conflict between him and his King, but his loyalty, and fierceness as a warrior, was proven time and again.
Fans of the MCU who may be unfamiliar with Ryan Coogler to this point should prepare themselves for a film unlike anything we’ve seen to this point. Coogler is a talented, creative and innovative visionary who, despite having made two critically acclaimed films (Fruitvale Station and Creed) is only 30 years old and just coming into his prime as a film maker.