Black Panther director Ryan Coogler regrets killing off Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue. It's been several months since Black Panther took the world by storm. Not only has it grossed over $1.3 billion globally, but T'Challa has also become one of the most popular characters in the MCU. Although the movie had an abundance of characters, whose stories could be explored in further sequels, some of the characters had to be killed off, such as Klaue.
Black Panther, not to mention Avengers: Age of Ultron, is one of the few times in which audiences got to see Andy Serkis show off his acting chops without his face hiding behind CGI. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Serkis played the part of a black market arms dealer and international criminal. He's the person who essentially introduced audiences to Wakandan's stockpile of Vibranium in the MCU. But, Klaue played a larger role in Black Panther as well. Not only had he discovered the secret land of Wakanda and stole its precious Vibranium, but he also teamed-up with Killmonger. Unfortunately, Killmonger ended up killing Klaue to gain entry into Wakanda, which is something that Coogler regrets.
Ryan Coogler sat down with The Toronto Sun to talk about how Klaue's death bugged him. Coogler discussed how much he liked the character. He said: "I like Klaw. I was bugged by having to do that. It's tough when you have to kill characters off and I really did love that character.” Ryan Coogler also mentioned how much he adored working with Andy Serkis and the reason behind killing off Klaue. Coogler said:
"I love Andy, he’s a lovely person. But again, it’s one of those things where when you’ve got so many people in a movie, some of them have to go. Klaw in this movie, he’s just having a good time. Every scene he’s in, he’s walking in like it’s the best day of his life. He’s got a swagger to him that’s interesting and for me it was cool to see Andy act like that. It was a real pleasure.”
Although Ulysses Klaue had a relatively small role in Black Panther, his scenes were among the best ones in the film. It's even better seeing Andy Serkis let loose in the scenes to give audiences a glimpse into the mind of the criminal.
Coogler's love for the character shows that, sometimes, a director has to give up something in order to move the story forward. Without Klaue's death, there likely wouldn't be a way for Killmonger to have gained W'Kabi and T'Challa's attentions. Klaue's death truly was the impetus for him to eventually take over the mantle of Black Panther and the throne of Wakanda. But, given that Black Panther exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which there are LMDs and various ways of bringing people back to life, it's always possible that Klaue could come back down the line.
Source: Toronto Sun
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