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    In the Avengers 2 Trailer, Mr. Serkis Looks A Lot Like Ulysses Klaw. Is a Black Panther Appearance Probable?

    Well, to channel the immortal words of The Comic Shoppe's Daryll B., "I'll believe it, when I see it."  Word has it in cyberspace that motion capture actor, Andy Serkis may have been tapped to portray the Black Panther villain, Klaw in the second installment of the Avengers franchise.  If that's the case, are audiences to expect an appearance from the Wakandan king in this next iteration?  It would behoove Marvel to consider going in this cinematic direction if their ethereal competition with rival comic movie company, Warner Brothers is to have any "teeth."  Just last week Warner/DC announced no less than ten movies slated for release in the next six years with a few films centered around minority themed characters.  To date, Marvel Entertainment (no, Blade doesn't count....that film came before ME's creation) has not produced any films where a woman or minority is the actual star of the production.  The irony is that after the success of The Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel has gained the reputation that their brand can make a successful film out of anything, considering the obscurity GOG was as an intellectual property.  If you need further evidence of Marvel's growing teflon status, check out this recent SNL skit that pokes fun of their current hit making abilities (starring Chris Pratt, no less):

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    Black Panther May Be In Avengers 2, Here's The Evidence

    Black Panther May Be In Avengers 2, Here's The Evidence image

    We’ve been hearing whispers about Black Panther’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years and years now, and while he hasn’t shown up yet, it may not be long before the character makes his live-action feature debut. After all, the brand newAvengers: Age of Ultron trailer has what appear to be some rather big hints that Black Panther is coming sooner rather than later.

    At this point we’ve analyzed practically every frame of the breathtaking preview of next year’s blockbuster, but there are two moments in particular that suggest Black Panther’s imminent arrival. The first clue to look at is actually the reveal of one of the most popular character actors working today:

    Andy Serkis The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    In case you don’t recognize him outside of a performance capture leotard, that’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Andy Serkis, sporting a mop top and a pretty interesting looking beard. We’ve known that the actor has a role in The Avengers: Age of Ultronfor a few months now, the official identity being kept a secret, but his appearance here is reminiscent of one comic book character in particular: the Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw.

    Andy Serkis The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    In the comics, Klaw is a supervillain and physicist who specializes in the field of sound. A key element to his work is the metal vibranium – a.k.a. the stuff Captain America’s shield is made out of – and as a result he often finds himself in the only place in the world where the metal can be found: Wakanda (Black Panther’s home). We’ve already heard rumors that part of The Avengers: Age of Ultron would be set in the African nation, and the appearance of a character that looks a whole lot like Ulysses Klaw only supports that idea.

    That brings us to our second clue featured in the Avengers 2 trailer, which is featured about 18 seconds into the spot:

    Vibranium The Avengers: Age of Ultron

    This scene may seem rather innocuous given that the image of forging metal isn’t really out of place in a film with a robot villain, but it’s very possible that there is more going on here than meets the eye. I’d be willing to put some money down now saying that what we are looking at here is Ultron visiting Wakanda and essentially making himself indestructible by coating his entire body in Vibranium. The idea simply fits too well with all of the other information we’ve gotten.

    The Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring scenes in Black Panther’s home country and one of
    his key adversaries isn’t necessarily proof that the hero will actually be appearing in the film, 
    but it certainly does seem like a lot of set up. And why set it up unless you are going to let it 
    pay off. Even if Black Panther isn’t in Avengers 2, it’s hard to imagine that he won’t be a part
    of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Three.        
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