Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Winston Duke Clarifies Key Moment For M’Baku In Marvel Movie
Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are ahead!
Since Marvel Studios has decided not to recast T’Challa after Chadwick Boseman passed away, we knew someone else would become Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That person, as so many assumed, ended up being Shuri from Letitia Wright, T’Challa’s sister, who embraced the heroic mantle to protect her people of Namor from Tenoch Huerta and his nation forces. Talokan Submarine. However, after the conclusion of the battle in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverit looked like Winston Duke’s M’Baku, not Shuri, would be leading Wakanda in the future, and now Duke has clarified that key moment for his Marvel character.
For those who need a refresher, in the MCU just because you’re Black Panther doesn’t automatically guarantee you the Wakandan throne. In the coronation ceremony, the future ruler must defeat all challengers in ritual combat, and in 2018’s Black Panther we saw T’Challa emerge victorious over M’Baku. Cut to the end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shuri did not attend her coronation ceremony, with M’Baku instead appearing in front of the crowd. During a long interview with Squire, Winston Duke has confirmed that in Shuri’s absence, he will indeed be King of Wakanda. As the actor explains:
Although Winston Duke did not specify if M’Baku merely rules Wakanda until Shuri returns or if he is officially King of Wakanda, no recap. Either way, it’s a great moment for the character, as we’ve seen how effectively he leads the Jabari and how much he cares about his country as a whole. Sure, the reins of leadership passed to him in unconventional ways, but now he’s in a position to guide the people of Wakanda into a brighter future.
So will we actually see M’Baku perform his royal duties? Officially speaking, it’s unclear at this time, and Winston Duke noted that he was not made aware of his character’s future. That said, given how well-received Wakanda Forever has been and its impressive box office debut, it’s likely we’ll get someday black panther 3. Throw it there Danai Gurira’s Okoye Set to Direct a Wakanda Series for Disney+and the possibility of M’Baku showing up Avengers: Kang Dynasty and or Avengers: Secret Wars (just like he did in Infinity War and End of Game), and I’d say there’s a good chance we’ll get at least a glimpse of M’Baku sitting on the Wakandan throne in the years to come.
Until then, be sure to read our thoughts on Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe end credits scene and check out our other coverage on the sequel. If you’re looking to relive M’Baku’s past MCU exploits or just rewatch the Marvel movies in ordertake out your Disney+ subscription.