Winston Duke Had Marvel’s Greatest Introduction

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Marvel’s newest star talks his scene-stealing role as M’Baku in Black Panther, and how the film challenges the values of Trump’s America.

In late 2016, shortly after finding out he’d been cast as M’Baku in Black Panther—and the news of his casting had quickly made its way online—Winston Duke went to Blastoff Comics in North Hollywood to begin research for his first-ever movie role.

“I went in there, and the guy recognized me,” Duke says, “and he just pulled out all the comics that my character had ever appeared in.”

He started reading like crazy, immersing himself in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, an Afrofuturist utopia “that exists outside of the -isms—racism, colonialism,” as Duke explains. “It’s a world that doesn’t define itself in proximity to whiteness.” A few weeks later, the film began shooting during a time when the real world faced its own uncertainty: President Donald Trump had taken the Oath of Office amid a resurgence of white nationalism in America.

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