The world was literally lit up when Black Panther entered cinemas everywhere as one of Marvel Studios’ most critically acclaimed and financially successful films of all time. Through the events of the film, we saw the fate for one of the baddies Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis) as he made his second appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) made his next move, Klaue was shot to death by the film’s primary antagonist. But it appears that the decision to kill him off wasn’t an easy one for director Ryan Coogler.
In an interview with The Toronto Sun, the director spoke about his big love for Serkis and that it wasn’t fun to ax his character off. While Serkis’ role may have been limited in the film, Coogler was enjoying every moment of the actor’s presence on set.
“I love Andy, he’s a lovely person. But again, it’s one of those things where when you’ve got so many people in a movie, some of them have to go. Klaw in this movie, he’s just having a good time. Every scene he’s in, he’s walking in like it’s the best day of his life. He’s got a swagger to him that’s interesting and for me it was cool to see Andy act like that. It was a real pleasure.”
While it may have been a bummer to see Klaue go so soon, Coogler makes a good point. Serkis made his first appearance in the MCU in Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron as one of the secondary baddies. While Klaue may be dead, perhaps Serkis could return one day as a motion-capture character in a future Marvel movie.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, is now on Blu-Ray/DVD and purchasable through Digital Download.
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