4/06/2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) - Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) [Source]
Here's one more piece of exciting Black Panther news! Andy Serkis just confirmed he's playing Ulysses Klaue. Ever since his appearance in the first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer fans have been guessing Andy Serkis' character is Ulysses Klaw, a long-time Avengers and Black Panther villain. It's just one more clue that Black Panther will make an unscheduled appearance in Avengers 2. We already see Captain America's broken Vibranium shield (which can only be repaired by Wakandans), a woman who appears to be one of the Dora Milaje (Black Panther's personal bodyguards) and numerous references to Africa.

Recently, at the Empire Awards actor Andy Serkis confirmed that he's playing Ulysses Klaw. "Well, I think I can absolutely confirm it’s Ulysses Klaw now because I think the news is out." Serkis said, "I sort of noticed that people on the red carpets sort of knew that I was Ulysses Klaw, so I thought 'It must be out then.' It was [a really minimal role], but I just loved doing it. It’s a great character." In addition to the quote Marvel also released an official character description which reads "Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) is a black-market arms dealer, smuggler and gangster operating out of South Africa. He is a former acquaintance of Tony Stark’s from his weapons-dealing days and a powerful new player in the Marvel Cinematic Universe." The unusual spelling is from Fantastic Four Unlimited #1 where his father is the Nazi war criminal, and friend of Baron Von Strucker, Colonel Fritz Klaue. His son later changes his name to Klaw.

Black Panther is the first major African superhero and first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 back in 1966. He is a master fighter, has superhuman senses, is a billionaire with a geius-level intellect. He's also the spirtual leader of the highly advanced fictional African country of Wakanda. While his importance in the comics can't be overstated he's virtually unknown outside of the comics. But this could change soon. It's already been announced that Chadwick Boseman is playing Black Panther, and he'll be in Captain America: Civil War and his own standalone film in July 2018. If he shows up in Avengers Age of Ultron it would be insane!

In the comics, Klaw first appears in Fantastic Four #53 (1966) as a physicist who has been transformed into solid sound, and a sonic emitter on his right hand. In the Black Panther comics it was established that he killed T'Challa's father looking for Vibranium and is a chief adversary of his. Vibranium is a fictional metal from Marvel comics that come from a meteorite that crashed in Africa thousands of years ago. It can absorb all vibrations and sound and is extremely rare.

All these clues are pointing to Black Panther making some kind of appearance in the next Avengers movie either as a cameo or maybe an after-credits scene.




Do you think Black Panther will be in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Are you looking forward to the movie?

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12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Serkis playing Klaw will be great. Hopefully Black Panther is in the next Avengers. We'll find out very very soon...

jeremy [retro] said...

Arrghhh! I cannot wait for this film to come out...

Roland Yeomans said...

It only seems logical to have Black Panther (with or without the costume) in it as Ultron is coated in Vibranium in the film.

spacerguy said...

Great character Klaw, it'll be interesting to see how he shapes up in this movie.

Liesel Hill said...

Didn't even realize Serkis would be in the new Avengers film. I always love to see his work, though. Should be awesome! :D

Meradeth Houston said...

I hope so! That would be awesome :) I'm incredibly stoked for this film!!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Great point Roland! I forgot about that connection.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Not long now Jetrmy!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Very very soon Alex!

Maurice Mitchell said...

He's a very talented actor but his motion capture is exceptional.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Counting down!

LDianeWolfe said...

That makes me even more excited to see the movie.

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