Following up a busy week in Atlanta for Marvel Studios, Andy Serkis was spotted on the set up the upcoming "Black Panther." The actor, famous for his motion capture work in "Lord of the Rings," "Planet of the Apes," and "Star Wars" made a rare appearance without a full CGI costume in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" as international smuggler and arms dealer Ulysses Klaue, a role he will be reprising.
Check out the blue glove! The photo shows Serkis on the set, sporting Klaue's familiar beard. Klaue lost his hand the last time we saw him, perhaps the blue indicates that his new appendage is a computer-generated -- make that sound-generated -- creation?
In the comics, Ulysses Klaw is one of Black Panther's arch-nemeses. Klaw is the son of a Nazi who was sent to infiltrate Wakanda and steal their technology and their precious Vibranium. The younger Klaw becomes a physicist specializing in the physics of sound. Upon losing his hand, he replaces it with a nifty cybernetic sound-manipulating appendage, before eventualybecoming a being of living sound. It is Klaw who kills Black Panther's father T'Chaka, cementing his place at the top of T'Challa's rogues gallery.
Obviously the MCU has already taken some liberties with the Black Panther mythos. Klaue is probably not the son of Nazi, he lost his arm not in Wakanda, but to the murderous android Ultron. He may yet manifest a fascination with sound, but his portrayal thus far has been that of a crooked criminal and not a high-science supervillain.
The main villain in the "Black Panther" film is already known; it's not Klaue who will be primarily menacing T'Challa, but Erik Killmonger, as played by Michael B. Jordan. This confirmation that Serkis is still involved probably means that Klaue will be sticking to the background, still a slimy scumbag, though not achieving the same villainous heights that his comic book counterpart reached. At least, not in the first "Black Panther" movie.
Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, Danai Gurira, and others, “Black Panther” opens on February 2, 2018.