9 Creators Who Regretted Killing Off Movie Characters

8. Ryan Coogler Loved Ulysses Klaue & Hated Killing Him - Black Panther

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Black Panther is a terrific movie with several incredibly satisfying death scenes, though co-writer-director Ryan Coogler has significant misgivings about deciding to kill off South African arms dealer Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis).

Klaue dies after being double-crossed by Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who murders him and uses his corpse to gain entry to Wakanda. Coogler, who clearly has great fondness for both the character and actor Andy Serkis, doesn't seem so sure he made the right call:

"I like Klaue... I was bugged by having to do that. It's tough when you have to kill characters off and I really did love that character... I love Andy, he's a lovely person. But again, it's one of those things where when you've got so many people in a movie, some of them have to go. Klaue in this movie, he's just having a good time... Every scene he's in, he's walking in like it's the best day of his life. He's got a swagger to him that's interesting and for me it was cool to see Andy act like that. It was a real pleasure."

Ultimately it sounds like Klaue's demise was more a practical, utilitarian decision than one made because it made best sense for the character.

That's not to say that Klaue's death is bad by any means, but that he could've done much more in the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he was still kicking around.


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