– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Black Panther has yet to hit theaters, but Avengers: Infinity War is already on the horizon. The film is set to bring together a ridiculous number of characters, so it’s no real surprise these days when we find out that a certain character will be involved, but it’s exciting nonetheless.

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While at the press junket for Black Panther, our very own Nancy Tapia had a chance to interview Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku in the film, leader of the Jabari tribe, and the character who comic readers may recognize as The Man-Ape (though they’ve avoided that nomenclature for obvious reasons). During the interview, Duke revealed that M’Baku would be playing what sounds to be a pivotal role in the film, saying:

“I can tell you that, you know … plays a big role in Wakanda’s story in that film, and the role that Wakanda plays in the Avengers: Infinity War. He will be tested, as you can suspect, with Thanos coming and doing his thing. You’re going to like what you see, it’s going to be epic. Black Panther’s revolutionary and then the world and all the things Wakanda creates, all that is tested in Infinity War.”

For those who don’t know, M’Baku is a man who believes more in the isolationist views than T’Chaka, and feels that the country needs to go back to its more primal origins. While it sounds like they are going the more sympathetic villain with M’Baku, we can understand the need for them to work together to take on someone like Thanos.

But will Avengers: Infinity War begin the road that will lead M’Baku to being more of a villain, as he is in the comics? We have to wait and see.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.