An actor from Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther film appears to have joined the cast of Avengers: Infinity War.
Set to play one of the villains in Black Panther alongside Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, actor Winston Duke’s M’Baku, aka Man-Ape, appears to play a role in the highly-anticipated third Avengers film. The news comes after it was announced that Shuri actress Letitia Wright has also reportedly joined the film. While not much is known regarding Duke’s role in Black Panther, the news that he has joined Infinity War seemingly confirms Man-Ape is set to play a larger role in T’Challa’s life after his debut film.
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Duke is just the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe newbie to join the highly-stacked Avengers film, as Thor: Ragnarok‘s Valkyrie was spotted on set in Durham, England a few weeks back along with Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. With Infinity War set to serve as the culmination of everything before it and life after Phase Three set to look vastly different for the MCU, it’s exciting to see the new cast members incorporated into the big battle in one way or another.
Ahead of Infinity War, fans will be able to catch Duke as M’Baku, aka Man-Ape, when Black Panther hits theaters on February 16th, 2018.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.