LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Winston Duke attends the "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" European Premiere at Cineworld Leicester Square on November 03, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Jeff Spicer - Getty Images)
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To M'Baku's Weapons Than Meets The Eye In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
In "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," insults aren't the only weapon Winston Duke's tribal leader, M'Baku, wields. His club and furry armor are key features of his character’s design, but what many MCU and “Black Panther” fans don’t realize is the importance of the material that his club and armor are made of, Jabari Wood.
This wood is an important facet of Jabari society, which rejects the vibranium-powered technological advancements of Wakanda's capital and prefers instead to dwell in the mountains. You can see Jabari wood hanging all around M'Baku's throne room in the original "Black Panther."
During the promotion of “Black Panther,” Duke related how integral said wood is to the Jabari Tribe, telling Entertainment Weekly, "[T]his is something we didn't get to interrogate deeply in the film, but everything for them is based around this Jabari wood that comes from this sacred tree.” Duke also said that the Jabari believe they were gifted this wood by the ape God, Hanuman.