Andy Serkis made his debut as the Black Panther nemesis Ulysses Klaue in a brief appearance in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, where we got to see the arms dealer stockpiling his own collection of Vibranium. It was a minor scene in the film, but one that ultimately set up the future for Serkis within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While selling his supply of the highly coveted material to Ultron, Klaue ends up losing a limb. While we didn’t get to see what happened to the villain following the loss of his arm, we now know that the character returned to Wakanda where he crafted a prosthetic out of Wakandan mining equipment.
During the teaser trailer, which debuted during last night’s NBA Finals game, viewers saw Klaue captured by Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman), while T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) looked on as the madman began telling Ross that everything he knew about Wakanda was wrong. It’s a notable trailer opening for many reasons, but perhaps, most notably because Klaue is seen without the famous sonic emitter his character sports in the comics. According to director Ryan Coogler, in the film, Klaue will indeed wear a powerful prosthetic in place of his missing limb — but instead of a sonic emitter, it’ll be “a piece of advanced Wakandan mining equipment as his arm-cannon.”
While Klaue’s new deadly prosthetic isn’t shown in the teaser trailer — as it was confiscated following his capture — it’s clear that the film will be keeping the character more like his comic book counterpart when he goes after the King in Black Panther.
Opening Feb. 16, 2018, 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.
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