Contrary to the former news, The world of Wakanda would have a larger presence in Avengers: Infinity War, with Winston Duke to return as M’Baku. Duke who is yet to even make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, but will do so next year when Black Panther hits the cinemas. In the role of M’Baku (known as Man-Ape in the comics), he is to have an antagonistic role within the film, which also features Klaue (Andy Serkis) and Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) as the proposed big baddies.
Since M’Baku traditionally just used to challenge T’Challa’s right to rule, it was widely assumed that his role would be quite small in Black Panther and possibly the one and only time that he would be featured. Well, apparently that is not going to be the case, as he is the latest Black Panther cast member to be confirmed for Infinity War.
IMDb gave the news of his return by simply tweeting that Duke will be returning for the third Avengers movie. While IMDb is not the most reliable source as anyone can add info to its various pages, this Infinity War-related update to be legitimate – as it comes directly from the website’s official Twitter (see below).
It was previously believed that Chadwick Boseman would return as Black Panther for Infinity War (his first Avengers film), but it was always unclear that how into the film would the entire nation of Wakanda get involved.
Based on the recent information, it looks like it could be quite heavily. Casting calls hinted at the Dora Milaje playing a role in Infinity War and it has now been confirmed that T’Challa’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) would be appearing in the film too. With M’Baku also to be featured in Infinity War, it is very much possible that Thanos will attack Wakanda at some point and force the people to work together to defeat him.
This also comes to indicate that M’Baku will be alive at the end of Black Panther – which might be a spoiler to some, but shouldn’t really come as a big surprise. This continues to tell just how huge Infinity War is going to be, if Wakanda is going to get its due along with the universe, Asgard, and the rest of Earth also hanging in the balance. Plus, with Black Panther being the final film o be released in the theaters before Infinity War, the more connections the movies have with one another, an essential Black Panther is going to be to the larger MCU narrative.