Marvel’s Black Panther is headed to the big screen and he’s bringing one of his oldest enemies with him.
Andy Serkis will play Ulysses Klaue, the villain better known simply as Klaw, in Black Panther, reprising his role from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Those familiar with Klaw from the Marvel Comics universe will know that the villain’s primary weapon is a sonic emitter made from vibranium, the rare precious metal found only in the Black Panther’s country of Wakanda, which Klaw uses as a prosthetic limb.
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Klaw will have a version of this weapon in Black Panther. Klaw is said to use an advanced piece of Wakandan mining equipment as a kind of sonic cannon attached in place of the arm he lost in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The reason the item does not appear in the Black Panther trailer released last night is that it was taken from him prior to his interrogation and is, in fact, likely what led the authorities to Klaw in the first place.
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay co-written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Boseman debuted as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016.
Filming on Black Panther took place from January through April of 2017.
Black Panther will be released on February 16, 2018.