CBMB: Has Andy Serkis’s Character Been Revealed?

The folks at ComicBookMovie.com suggest that Serkis’s look is very close to a classic Black Panther villain, Ulysses Klaw.

In the comics, Klaw is a human physicist who has been transformed into solid sound, and who wears a sonic emitter on his right wrist as a prosthetic device, a vibranium-powered sonic converter. Klaw was converted into a being composed of psionically “solidified” sound, giving him a somewhat inhuman appearance. The character is described as having superhuman strength and durability.

Klaw first appeared in Marvel Comics in a flashback in Fantastic Four #53 (Aug 1966) as a physicist working in the field of applied sonics. Klaw steals vibranium – a substance known to exist only in certain meteoric deposits in the small African nation of Wakanda – to power his device, and in so doing comes into conflict with T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda — ultimately killing the king.

T’Challa, who followed his father to watch him combat the invaders, then attacks Klaw to avenge his father, maiming him by costing the villain his right hand as Klaw escaped.

In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, Tony Stark is said to create Ultron to help quell the metastisis of Hydra cells across the globe. Stark ultimately imbues Ultron with the character trait to evolve and Ultron chooses to eradicate humanity to keep peace. In his pursuit of evolution, Ultron crafts himself a vibranium shell to become an even more indestructible force.

Early on, Joss Whedon took the production to South Africa to film scenes that involved The Hulk fighting Stark’s Hulkbuster suit. Some people have suspected that we get an introduction to Wakanda in these scenes. Although there is no indication that anyone has been cast to play Black Panther, there is likely to be an introduction to the character, who has been hinted at several times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Klaw may somehow get involved with Hydra, and ultimately Ultron, as someone who understands how to manipulate the precious metal. On the other hand, since Klaw made his debut in a Fantastic Four comic, he may be off limits for Marvel Studios.

We will find out on May 1, 2015 when Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres!

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