Andy Serkis Excited To See How Wakanda Changes In Black Panther 2

Andy Serkis, who played arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in the MCU, reveals that one of the things he's most excited about in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is seeing how the nation of Wakanda evolves. Serkis is best known for his role as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Caesar in the new Planet of the Apes trilogy, and Snoke in Star Wars, but has also made a name for himself as a director with Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and the upcoming Venom: Let There Be Carnage. He is also slated to appear as Alfred in the upcoming The Batman.

Serkis' character, Klaue, appeared in both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Panther before he was ultimately shot dead by villain Erik Killmonger. Black Panther ends with King T'Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman, vowing to reverse Wakanda's closed-door attitude and isolationist policies and opting instead to use the nation's abundance of vibranium to enact positive change on the world. The costly Battle of Wakanda in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos' snap, and events of Avengers: Endgame will also likely have massive repercussions for the world of Wakanda moving forward.

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In a recent interview with io9 to promote Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Serkis discussed his long and varied career, including what he most looks forward to seeing in Wakanda Forever. In addition to acknowledging the profound impact Chadwick Boseman had as the Black Panther, Serkis expresses his admiration for Wakanda and all that it stands for and says he's excited to see how it evolves and changes in the sequel. Read Serkis' full comment below:

"Wakanda as a world, as a place, as a philosophy is such an extraordinary thing. So I’m really excited to see how it evolves, how it unfolds. Obviously, it’s very, very sad in the wake of [Chadwick Boseman’s] departure, but I’m sure that the story will go some way to memorialize such an extraordinary performance and such an incredible actor and person in that movie."

Although the MCU has a habit of bringing back characters from the dead, Serkis' comments suggest that he will not be a part of Black Panther 2 and that Klaue is indeed dead and gone for good. Considering the events of Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, it would seem that Wakanda is indeed in for some big changes on the road ahead. Especially in light of Boseman's passing, Wakanda Forever has a lot of weight on its shoulders with some big questions to answer and a lot of loose ends to tie up.

It seems likely that, with Boseman gone, T'Challa will die in Wakanda Forever, especially since it has already been confirmed that the studio has no plans to digitally recreate Boseman for the film. With T'Challa gone, a new ruler is needed and Letitia Wright's Shuri seems poised to take up the mantle of the Black Panther. Also, although no plot details are known yet, Wakanda's new, more open global policy, while beneficial in many ways, is sure to expose Wakanda to new threats from around the world. Audiences will have to wait and see how Wakanda evolves and how Chadwick Boseman is honored when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases next year.

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Source: io9

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