The folks over at Schmoes Know have seemingly confirmed what pretty much every hardcore Marvel fan has thought and hoped: Andy Serkis will be portraying Ulysses Klaw, the arch-nemesis of T'Challa, in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
While it's been speculated about like crazy all over the internet, it seems that the Schmoes source, who has been relatively reliable in the past, has seemingly confirmed that Andy Serkis will be playing the role of Ulysses Klaw, the man that murdered T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, setting the stage for T'Challa's ascension to the throne and the title of Black Panther. I've wondered for a while now if Marvel Studios might use Avengers: Age of Ultron to set in motion the events that put T'Challa on the throne and the details from Schmoes Know's source make me believe that is exactly why Klaw is going to be in this film.
According to the Schmoes' source, the MCU Klaw will be a blend of Ulysses Klaw and his father, Nazi Colonel Fritz Klaue, who had early run-ins with the Howling Commandos.
We know that Wakanda will feature in Avengers: Age of Ultron as Ultron will go there to score some Vibranium for his final, perfect version. It's likely that his trip there will see him cross paths with Klaw. In the comics, Klaw was a physicist who was allowed to work in Wakanda before betraying T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, and murdering him. In the aftermath, T'Challa attacked Klaw and cut off his arm, avenging his father but also pushing Klaw down the path to super-viallindom. How much of this, if any, will be directly translated on screen remains to be seen, but it appears that Marvel may be using Avengers: Age of Ultron to set up Klaw as the villain for Black Panther.
Given Kevin Feige's comments about T'Challa at the November press event, it makes sense that when we first meet T'Challa, he is NOT the Black Panther. "He’s a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn’t" , said Feige. I think that we'll see why that prince becomes a king this May!