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Andy Serkis Confirmed as Ulysses Klaw in AVENGERS 2

Earlier, Marvel/Disney released sixteen production images from Joss Whedon’s upcoming “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” movie. The studio provided official captions to Stitch Kingdom, which described who is who. One of the photos features motion-capture veteran actor Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw. Klaw is a chief antagonist to Marvel’s Wakandan superhero Black Panther. Does this mean “Avengers 2” will be used as a springboard to introduce the standalone “Black Panther” film? Odds are good that it will. Here is the image in question! 


Here is a brief comic book biography of Ulysses Klaw. 

Ulysses Klaw first appears in a flashback in Fantastic Four #53 (August, 1966) as a physicist working in the field of applied sonics. In order to continue his design of a sound transducer which converts sound waves into physical mass, Klaw steals the metal vibranium to power his device. This is a metal substance known to exist only in certian meteoric deposits in the small African nation of Wakanda. By stealing this rare mineral, Klaw comes into conflict with the Wakandan ruler/superhero T’Chaka whom Klaw murders in cold blood. T’Chaka’s adolescent son T’Challa, who watched his father fall to the invaders, then attacks Klaw to avenge his father. Klaw manages to escape at the cost of his right hand. 

Years later, Ulysses resurfaces with a sonic emitter/gun on his right wrist as a replacement prosthetic device for his missing hand that can create any kind of object or creature he can conceive by only using sound. He has also created a device that turns him into a being composed solely of sound, making him immortal in the process. Klaw is a professional criminal who is often at odds with the Black Panther as well as the Fantastic Four. 

Ulysses Klaw
Ulysses Klaw
Ulysses Klaw in his final incarnation.
Ulysses Klaw in his final incarnation.

Here is the synopsis for “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.”

When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man (Downey,) Captain America (Chris Evans,) Thor (Chris Hemsworth,) The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo,) Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner,) are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron (James Spader) emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will open in theaters on May 1st. The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Chris Evans, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Cobie Smulders, Andy Serkis, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, James Spader, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Anthony Mackie, Lou Ferrigno, Don Cheadle, Claudia Kim, Thomas Kretschmann, Isaac Andrews, Leila Wong, Mariola Jaworska, Bari Suzuki and Daniel Westwood. Joss Whedon wrote the screenplay based on the comic book created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. Joss Whedon directs. 

Sources: comicbookmovie, wikipedia