The wait is nearly over. After being announced in late 2014 and Chadwick Boseman debuting as the hero in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther is now just a little over two weeks away from hitting theaters. The movie is a big deal for a number of reasons, from being the MCU's first black superhero-led movie to giving us our first full look at the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda to being the final MCU movie before Avengers: Infinity War arrives. After decades of T'Challa being an important Marvel player in the comics, TV shows and video games, now he finally gets to shine in his own movie.

Over the last couple years, Marvel has done a good job of slowly providing Black Panther details through reports, photos and previews, but even with everything we've learned, there are still a few questions about the plot on our minds. It won't be much longer until the answers are provided, but in the meantime, here are the Black Panther mysteries we're still wondering about, starting with how one of the key supporting characters fits into the story.

M'Baku in Black Panther

What's M'Baku's Role In The Story?

For years, M'Baku has battled Black Panther in the comics as Man-Ape, and that conflict will carry over somewhat to the Black Panther movie. However, the Man-Ape moniker has been set aside due to its "offensive" implications, and M'Baku's status as leader of the Jabari, the Wakandan tribe that prays to the gorilla gods, has been emphasized. So far our only good look at M'Baku in Black Panther is when he's holding up a Wakandan not of his tribe and yelling fiercely. Despite being a Black Panther villain in the comics and clearly not the world's biggest T'Challa fan in the MCU, M'Baku hasn't been identified as one of the movie's main antagonists alongside Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue. We know he and his people have issues with how the Wakandan kingdom is run, but it remains to be seen how M'Baku actually becomes involved in the story. Given that M'Baku is confirmed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, that rules out him being killed in Black Panther, so I suspect that during the latter half of the latter movie, M'Baku and T'Challa will strike up an uneasy alliance to stop Killmonger and Klaue. It will be an "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" kind of situation.

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