Black Panther: Andy Serkis’ Klaue Is ‘The Real Villain,’ Says Boseman
When Black Panther arrives in theaters next year, T’Challa will face a familiar threat: Ulysses Klaue. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Chadwick Boseman — who plays the Wakandan king — revealed that Klaue will be the main villain of the film, if only because Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is more relatable.
Asked if Killmonger will be the primary antagonist, Boseman said, “I can’t really say. Klaue is the real villain. I can say that I identify with Killmonger’s character. It’s going to be a fun character. He definitely has a different point of view. They are polar opposites. A superhero movie is only as great as its villains. I think they both provide a piece of that.”
As to the threat Klaue poses, Boseman explained, “You have Wakanda, which is an isolationist society, Klaue has entered that space and knows more about it than anybody else. Because of that, he is a threat. Not to mention that he’s accessed this gift that could also be a curse to the rest of the world.”
“A lot of times when we talk about Vibranium we talk about it as if it’s, like, nuclear. It’s not a nuclear weapon but with the flexibly and versatility of it, it can do a lot of things,” he continued. “The fact that he has accessed that and has the mind to use it for evil is the key thing. Most people don’t know what it is and what can be done with it.”
“He is the Osama bin Laden of the movie. He’s out there, and you have to go find him because he’s coming back at some point in time,” he added.
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In 1997, Interplay Entertainment’s subsidiary Black Isles
released a small videogame called Fallout:
A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game, and released a follow-up the next year in
Fallout 2. Black Isles hasn’t existed
for years, not since Interplay’s financial troubles (which also forced the
company to sell the rights to the Fallout
series in 2006 to Bethesda Softworks), but the core membership of Black
Isles (including Fallout 2 directors
Tim Cain and Chris Avellone) founded a new development company called Obsidian,
which you may be familiar with.
In 2008, Bethesda published Fallout 3, transforming the originally grid- and turn-based combat
isometric into a 3D, first-person camera format much like Bethesda’s other
flagship series, The Elder Scrolls. In
2010, presumably because Bethesda was busy developing Skyrim, Obsidian released a gaiden game called Fallout: New Vegas, set in the Mojave Wasteland (where parts of Fallout 1 and 2 take place), featuring many elements from Black Isles’ planned Fallout: Van Buren as well as a number
of factions from the original isometric games.