When Black Panther arrives in theaters next year, T'Challa will face a familiar threat: Ulysses Klaue. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Chadwick Boseman -- who plays the Wakandan king -- revealed that Klaue will be the main villain of the film, if only because Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger is more relatable.
Asked if Killmonger will be the primary antagonist, Boseman said, "I can’t really say. Klaue is the real villain. I can say that I identify with Killmonger’s character. It’s going to be a fun character. He definitely has a different point of view. They are polar opposites. A superhero movie is only as great as its villains. I think they both provide a piece of that."
As to the threat Klaue poses, Boseman explained, "You have Wakanda, which is an isolationist society, Klaue has entered that space and knows more about it than anybody else. Because of that, he is a threat. Not to mention that he’s accessed this gift that could also be a curse to the rest of the world."
"A lot of times when we talk about Vibranium we talk about it as if it’s, like, nuclear. It’s not a nuclear weapon but with the flexibly and versatility of it, it can do a lot of things," he continued. "The fact that he has accessed that and has the mind to use it for evil is the key thing. Most people don’t know what it is and what can be done with it."
"He is the Osama bin Laden of the movie. He’s out there, and you have to go find him because he’s coming back at some point in time," he added.
Klaue made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, where he was introduced as a black market arms dealer whose speciality is Vibranium. Ultron tracked him down in order to forge a new body out of the indestructible metal, and Klaue paid dearly for dealing with him; surprised by the Avengers, Ultron accidentally hacked Klaue's arm off. Nevertheless, Klaue managed to scramble away during the ensuing battle between Ultron, Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver and the Avengers. Age of Ultron establishes that Klaue has run afoul of Wakanda before and was branded as a thief for trespassing on their land in order to steal their precious Vibranium. Klaue had a very minor role in Age of Ultron, but it seems that will be expanded on in Black Panther.
Opening on Feb. 16, 2018, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown and John Kani.