Spoilers ahead for Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a very interesting place at the moment. The release of Avengers: Infinity War saw a ton of major character deaths, and fans are left wondering if any of their favorite fallen heroes might return to the world of the living in Avengers 4. The Surprise appearance of long lost character Red Skull certainly made it seem like just about any character could pop back up, but we now know one villain who is dead for good: Andy Serkis' Ulysses Klaue. The one armed character got the chop in Black Panther, and now the movie's executive producer Nate Moore has opened up about that choice. Spoiler alert: he's actually dead.
[The decision] was made pretty early on because we knew ultimately that more than Ulysses Klaw, Killmonger was the main villain of the film. And he's actually dead. He's dead, dead. Which I think, honestly, was part of the sell for Andy in going, 'Oh, I get to play this character that gets to sort of shine very brightly and burn out quickly. Well, that's kind of fun.' And we only like to tell as much story as we have for a character and I'm not sure how much other story we would have for Klaw, but we were still lucky to have Andy involved.
It looks like plenty of Marvel fans have asked about Klaw since his appearance in Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, hoping in vein that the side villain might pop back up in a potential sequel. Ultimately it looks like he's dead for good, which is probably the right call by the studio. After all, stakes are important.
Nate Moore's comments to Comic Book seems to put the fate of Klaw to rest. Although, he did seem thoroughly dead when his role wrapped in Black Panther. While Andy Serkis' character was T'Challa's original villain, the film ultimately needed to shift focus over to Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger. So the character got to kick some ass and steal some scenes, before being promptly shot in the head by Killmonger himself.
While Ulysses Klaue's death seemed cut and dry, the events of Avengers: Infinity War put a lot into question. Red Skull's return caught everyone by surprise, and made it seem like dead characters could rise at any time. Furthermore, the fans are expecting at least some of the characters who perished during Thanos' finger snap to return, so more resurrections are definitely on the table. It just won't be Andy Serkis' villain, despite his wild performances in both Black Panther and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Black Panther is available now for home purchase, and Avengers: Infinity War is currently in theaters. Check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.