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Black Panther is getting his own movie after his stellar appearance in Captain America: Civil War. The solo adventure is already packed with an impressive cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Guarira and, of course, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman has already seriously impressed audiences with his portrayal of the wise and fierce T'Challa, and the cast being assembled around him has gotten even better.

Now, we can add Forest Whitaker, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba to the list. Marvel confirmed their involvement and revealed who each of them are playing. Seeing how they're all from the comics, let's break them down:

Forest Whitaker As Zuri

Where you've seen him before:

  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • The Last King of Scotland
  • Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior

Veteran actor Forest Whitaker is appropriately tackling the role of Zuri. The announcement describes him as an elder statesman in Wakanda. In the comics, Zuri was a loyal friend of T'Chaka, king of Wakanda. Once he died, Zuri became a warrior for the new Black Panther, T'Challa. Surprisingly, he had ties to other characters in the Marvel Universe, like Monica Rambeau, a.k.a. Captain Marvel (temporarily, at least), who participated in the original Secret Wars event.

Zuri believed that Monica was a much more suitable wife for T'Challa than Storm from the X-Men. He was also Thor's friend. Could he be the connective tissue between Wakanda and Asgard?

It's obvious that he'll be Black Panther's ally in the movie but, thanks to the comic books, we might know his ultimate fate. In the aforementioned medium, he was killed by Morlun (you know, the guy that wants to kill Spidey) while trying to protect T'Challa and his sister Shuri's transformation into the new Black Panther. Could we get some hints for the female Black Panther in the movie through Zuri?

Daniel Kaluuya As W'Kabi

Where you've seen him before:

  • Sicario
  • Babylon
  • Kick-Ass 2

Daniel Kaluuya is playing W'Kabi, who is described as T'Challa's confidant. In the comics, W'Kabi was Wakanda's chief of security and T'Challa's loyal companion. His right arm was bionic and could hold weapons and emit sonic blasts. While I don't think Black Panther will delve into the specifics of his robotic limb, it's possible that the technology comes from Wakandan scientists' research of Bucky Barnes' arm.

You might be wondering why I'm referring to him in past tense. It's because he was killed by Morlun alongside Zuri for the same reason. Hopefully, T'Challa won't be out of allies when the movie ends.

Winston Duke As M'Baku

Where you've seen him before:

  • Person of Interest
  • The Messengers

The addition of Winston Duke as M'Baku is a very surprising addition. In the official announcement, M'Baku is described as a leader of a rival tribe in Wakanda; this piece of information might hint at his role in the movie. In the comics, he is one of Wakanda's greatest warriors. When Black Panther was in New York for his duties as an Avenger, M'Baku plotted to take the throne from him.

To accomplish that, he revived the White Gorilla Cult, which T'Challa had outlawed, and then proceeded to kill a white gorilla, whose flesh, once he ate it, and blood, once he bathed in, gave M'Baku super strength. He then adopted the title of Man-Ape and challenged Black Panther to see who was fit to be king.

With T'Challa's trip to the United States to hunt down his father's killer in Civil War, could we see this storyline adapted? Maybe M'Baku took his chance and started plotting the Black Panther's demise while he was away.

Florence Kasumba As Ayo

Where you've seen her before:

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Dominion
  • The Quest

Florence Kasumba's Ayo made her debut in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, threatening Black Widow to move out of the way or else. In the comics, she's a member of the Dora Milaje and is in a relationship with fellow member, Aneka. When Aneka's expected to be executed for the murder of the chief of a village for his treatment of women, Ayo pleaded to T'Challa's mother, Queen Ramonda, to free her. While reluctant, the Queen decided to carry on with the sentence, so Ayo freed Aneka. To accomplish this, she used the prototype Midnight Angel Armor and gave another one to Aneka. After this, they promised each other to never be Dora Milaje again.

Because that seems enough story to tackle in one movie, I doubt we'll be seeing her go rogue in the film. However, considering she is reprising her role after only a few seconds of screen time, it's likely we'll get to see her relationship with Aneka to get more insight into her character.

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Those are the inclusions to the Black Panther cast. The one I'm most excited about is M'Baku, as I've always loved his interactions with T'Challa and it would be amazing to see them go head-to-head on screen. Could he be helping Eric Killmonger? I'm also curious about Zuri's role. Will we see his demise in Black Panther or will he live on and become a Coulson-like mentor the young king of Wakanda? Black Panther hits theaters on July 6, 2018.

Are you excited for the movie? Which of these new characters are you looking forward the most?