Having a thriving universe like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is quite the double-edged sword, as you can imagine. Of course, on the plus side, you have countless characters you can delve into, but the negative side of that is that you have more characters than you can ever give decent portrayals of. Along the way, you’re bound to shortchange a lot of fan favorites, all in service of the larger narrative and the actual main characters.
As such, the MCU has a tendency to let certain characters survive in earlier films, leaving us hoping to see them get fully taken advantage of in full films, only to kill them off unceremoniously in service of the plot. One such character was Frank Grillo’s Crossbones, who survived Captain America: The Winter Soldier, only to be killed in Captain America: Civil War‘s opening scene.
Black Panther had such a character — and it’s a character that director Ryan Coogler didn’t enjoy killing off, as he revealed to the Toronto Sun. The character in question is Ulysses Klaw, who pas portrayed by Andy Serkis.
“I like Klaw. I was bugged by having to do that. It’s tough when you have to kill characters off and I really did love that character. I love Andy, he’s a lovely person. But again, it’s one of those things where when you’ve got so many people in a movie, some of them have to go. Klaw in this movie, he’s just having a good time. Every scene he’s in, he’s walking in like it’s the best day of his life. He’s got a swagger to him that’s interesting and for me it was cool to see Andy act like that. It was a real pleasure.”
Ulysses Klaw was a character who played a bit role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and at the time, it was assumed that he would likely play the lead villain role in Black Panther, but that role eventually went to the now fan favorite Killmonger.
But was it all worth it? I think so. But what do you think? Were you also sad to see the unexpected death of Klaw? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Toronto Sun