Black Panther will include a large cast of amazing talent that will bring quite a lot of famous characters from the character’s comic book storyline to life on the silver screen. The first trailer did tease a rather interesting storyline that will see the many tribes of Wakanda come to a small civil war, as they revolt against their new king. One major character in this revolt will be none other than Winston Duke‘s M’Baku.

Making his first appearance in Avengers #62 back in 1969, the character wore white fur and became known as ‘Man-Ape’. Given the circumstances, this kind of name would be rather controversial to use in the film, so Marvel Studios found a rather simple way to work around the issue. The character’s name does have a reasoning, as he stems from a mountain tribe that worships a white gorilla god. This lead to the character taking up a costume of the tribe’s famous religious symobl to inherit its abilities and noble spirit. Producer, Nate Moore, made clear in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that we will not hear him being called by his comic book name.

Having a black character dress up as an ape, I think there’s a lot of racial implications that don’t sit well, if done wrong. But the idea that they worship the gorilla gods is interesting because it’s a movie about the Black Panther who, himself, is a sort of deity in his own right.

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M’Baku (Winston Duke)
Credit: Kwaku Alston/©Marvel Studios 2018

That does not mean nothing from the character’s past will make it into the film, as going by the recently revealed picture of the character. While he will not wear the famous mask, we will get a chest-plate that hints at the animal they worship and he also has many fur elements in his design to keep it alive. So while some aspects of the character are being changed,  part of his origins still seems to be quite alive within the film.

What do you think of M’Baku not being called Man-Ape? How do you feel about his design?

Source: Entertainment Weekly