Andy Serkis reveals where and how the villainous Ulysses Klaue gets his new sonic disruptor/replacement arm in Black Panther. Perhaps one of the more iconic villains in the Black Panther comics, Klaue was one of the more notable Black Panther seeds that Marvel had already taken the time to plant in the MCU by the time Chadwick Boseman made his debut as T’Challa in Captain America: Civil War. Introduced briefly in Avengers: Age of Ultron as a weapons smuggler who loses one of his arms after angering Ultron (James Spader), fans will have waited three years to see Klaue live up to his full potential by the time Black Panther finally hits theaters next February.
Fortunately, the first Black Panther teaser trailer didn’t hold back on the iconic villain either, with a majority of its time being dedicated to setting up Klaue as the lead antagonistic force in the film, and his viewpoint against Wakanda as a nation. And while Klaue was armless in the teaser trailer, Andy Serkis did reveal to Screen Rant just a few days ago that the villain would not be for the entire film.
While recently speaking with ComicBook.com about the character as well, Serkis revealed just where it is that Klaue gets his new replacement arm – which doubles as a powerful sonic disruptor – in the film, and how he fashions it into being a powerful weapon:
“So Ulysses Klaue in ‘Age of Ultron’ gets his arm severed, and he’s incredibly bitter about that. But that doesn’t stop him: he goes back, and he’s retrieved an old mining tool, which he’s turned into this sonic disruptor – and yeah, he gets to play with it. And that’s such fun [laughs].”
As Marvel comic book readers already know, this is a direct nod to Klaue’s appearance and abilities in the comic books. While he both loses and replaces his arm differently in the comics, Klaue is a villain with an arm that allows him to emit powerful sonic blasts, and which more or less led to him eventually becoming a being made of pure sound. But while Serkis’ version of the character likely won’t transform that much throughout the course of Black Panther, knowing that Klaue will still take on at least one of his comic book forms in the film makes him an even more exciting villain to face off against Boseman’s T’Challa.
Serkis’ comments here also come following Marvel’s brief presentation for Black Panther at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, which included the reveal of new footage from the film for all those in attendance at Hall H. While that footage wasn’t released online publicly, the footage description from the event revealed that there was a scene in which Klaue put his sonic disruptor to use against T’Challa. And now that the origins of that arm have been revealed, it’ll be interesting to see how Klaue’s replacement arm evolves throughout the film, just as the villain himself does.
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