One of the ways you can get around the name "Man-ape" is give him a distinctly African name. Like for example Hausa or Bantu. You can even joke about the English translation of the name "Ha Ha Ha what does that mean something like Man ape or something?" and then have that person beaten to a red mist by him. That would get the name out of the way and tell the audience that Man ape means death. Literal translations that are weird in english. "El Tigre Blanco" or "gato cosmicos" ( white tiger and thunder cats respectively) can fall under the silly name thing. It would just show that he is more then a man or greater than an ape.
HE'S THE *%$&#* BLACK PANTHER!
Though if they just called him M'Baku I'd be cool with that.
To me the name and costume is cosmetic. The character below the window dressing is a good one (IMO).
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Stan Lee: "No such thing as bad xcters, just bad writers"...hek if Goblin/Osborn can b transformd in2 a compelling threat of d Avengers..."Goblin"?!?
As of d name....we/SZ suggest M'Baka b calld SILVERBAK based on his white-silver...-ish fursuit & also ties well in2 d Gorilla cult.
D name does hv sum offense....or rather is offensive.
He can't have a tech based suit--since he's a traditionalist. The Were-Ape Is probably the only way to make it work. But a large tribal black man with a Ape skin thrown over his back and head--is something disney will shy away from.
I agree with the name thing, you could do that--but when the translation comes about--then what?
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But tweak the name and the costume, and I think it's workable. Truthfully Man Ape has been operating for decades as is, so the damage is done if there's any damage to be had. But he can be tweaked if he needs to be tweaked. Again, there is a good character there aside from the name and the costume.
Comic fans,sure--but more then comic fans are going to be exposed to the movie.
The real bitch is..... A silver back ape attacking me is in my top 5 animal attacks I don't want to have happen
2. Tiger, lion, feline
3. Alligator, crocodile
4. Large ape
That's the list
I was actually saying that with how do you do it.
1) Stylized-Ape modified-technology stripped Hatut Zerze habit. This Strictly cosmetic. Think, HZ habit only with a stylized ape cowl.
2) A form of lycanthropy--without the actual transformation--similar to how Were-things are while they are in human form or easy example--spiderman. He doesn't eat the ape flesh, but gains it how were wolves do.
M'baku as a poacher of apes and other animals works well and offends only animal right activists who have to acknowledge that he is a bad guy and keep it moving and protest something else.
Christian Bale wanted nothing to do with having a Robin sidekick character in the new Batman films so they worked in a Nightwing angle at the end of Dark Knight Rises with Detective Blake long after the Bruce Wayne character had moved on to European fine dining with Catwoman... Bale never stood side by side with an underaged teen dressed as a bird and everybody collected big paychecks and lived financially ever after.
Why bother with things that will only offend and cause problems in the long run if all you want to do is get a Black Panther movie off the ground and cash some checks?
You are already rolling the dice with the character being named "Black Panther" as it is so adding something that could easily be left out and not missed except by a few is not even worth it.
Man-Ape... I put that right next to Jar Jar Binks and that "Watermelon" colored negrobot in The Transformers 2 movie that could not read despite being a technologically advanced living robot robot who could scan anything that he needed to be.
Michael Bay had to fast track an excuse for that one (Writer's strike... Yada yada yada) and the heat got so bad a whole other range of racial problems erupted on the set that extended to the third installment... Not saying that is why Megan Fox left the franchise but she did call him a Hitler and made other racial references.
The race card is a motha frakker so who needs all that racial drama for a multibillion dollar franchise?
When Black Panther the movie debuts many eyes will be watching for any and everything to either derail the movie or to hail the movie... Don't give them stupid excuses when as grown folks you know better!
Kanye West: "Marvel Comics does not like Black Panther!"
I am a T.R.O.L.L.... Totally Ruling On Line Linguistics!
You're so vain... I bet you think this post is about you don't you!