In a post on Twitter Winston Duke revealed that the moment M’Baku refers to Okoye (Danai Gurira) with a carrot as a reference to a “bald demon” was actually improvised. The line got the audience laughing, who can hardly be blamed for thinking such fantastic dialogue must have been on the page. But as Duke explained, part of his role on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was to act as comic relief in tense situations, and that aspect of the role led him to dream up some of M’Baku’s dialogue.
“The intention for [M’Baku] intended to serve as a vent for a pressure cooker in this film,” Duke wrote in his tweet, “and that influenced, among other things, this improvisational gem…” It goes a long way to dispelling the heavy atmosphere that hangs over the action. Few other characters in Wakanda Forever get many opportunities to express their comedic sides, so M’Baku’s funniest lines help offset the film’s darker tones. Though the character isn’t aware that he’s humorous, Duke is secure.
But Duke’s tweet implies that other M’Baku dialogue in the film was also his own improvisational deviation from the script, raising the question: What other lines did Duke come up with? This mystery will surely make at least some fans pay special attention to M’Baku’s dialogues when watching “Wakanda Forever” a second time.