LAGOS, NIGERIA - NOVEMBER 06: Winston Duke poses on arrival for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" African Premiere, at Filmhouse Cinemas IMAX Lekki on November 06, 2022 in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo by Emmanuel Obianke/Getty Images)
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Gives M'Baku One Of The Best Arcs In The MCU
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This story contains spoilers for "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" finds time not just to mourn the loss of Chadwick Boseman and set up a huge conflict, but also enough time to introduce a new kingdom and two big new characters. Additionally, "Wakanda Forever" shows M'Baku has quietly gone through some of the best character development in the whole Marvel universe.
When we first met M'Baku in “Black Panther,” he is a rival, and the leader of a tribe that has long been isolated from the rest of Wakanda. Even before Killmonger shows up, he challenges T'Challa for the throne and proves himself a formidable villain with a reason to want to take over the kingdom.
At the end of "Black Panther," M'Baku starts to open up to the rest of Wakanda, and in "Infinity War," he’s a prominent lieutenant fighting alongside T'Challa himself. He takes more of a leadership position with T'Challa gone during the Blip, and it all eventually pays off.
By the beginning of "Wakanda Forever," M'Baku has become the calmest, most caring of the generals and tribal leaders in Wakanda — as well as the funniest. He is now a full member of the Wakanda royal council, and by the end, M'Baku earns his righteous spot as king of Wakanda, a role he's been chasing since the first film.