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Man-Ape (Marvel)
Real Name: M'Baku
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Man-Ape gained mystical powers by consuming the flesh of a sacred white gorilla. M'Baku's mystically augmented powers include super-human strength, speed, stamina, agility and durability

M'Baku was one of Wakanda's greatest warriors, second only to his then friend T'Challa (Black Panther). M'Baku greatly disliked T'Challa's technological revitalization of Wakanda and sought to have all technology outlawed so the nation could return to its natural primitivism of several decades before. M'Baku had a contingent of supporters who shared this view. While T'Challa was on a leave of absence from the throne in order to serve in the Avengers in America, M'Baku plotted to usurp the throne. Wakandan culture was traditionally ruled by its greatest warrior. M'Baku therefor sought out to defeat T'Challa by reviving the outlawed White Gorilla cult, and to personally stalk and kill one of the rare white gorillas living in the jungles near Wakanda. Bathing in the gorilla's blood and eating the gorilla's flesh mystically endowed its great strength upon M'Baku.

When the T'Calla returned with select members of the Avengers, M'Baku, calling himself the Man-Ape, openly challenged the Panther's right to rule. In the battle that ensued M'Baku succeeded in defeating the Panther. However, when he bound T'Challa to the giant statue of a panther which was the Panther cult's major totem and tried to topple it upon his enemy, the statue instead crumbled, burying him.

The believed dead Man-Ape was revived by his supporter N'Gamo and set out to track the Panther down and gain retribution. He tracked him to New York. There the Man-Ape allied himself with the Lethal Legion, kidnapped Monica Lynne, the Black Panther's American girlfriend, and sent word to T'Challa that he would have to engage him once more in mortal combat to free her. Through treachery, M'Baku once again bested the Panther, taking the Panther captive. When the Avengers came to the T'Challa's rescue, the Lethal Legion managed to ensnare them. Eventually, the Avengers broke free and defeated their captors, and Captain America physically bested the Man-Ape.

T'Challa decreed that the Man-Ape could never return to Wakanda without facing penalty of death. Humiliated, the Man-Ape never risked the attempt and instead wandered the less civilized parts of the world, performing mercenary work to survive. He was eventually contacted again by the Grim Reaper, who was trying to assemble a new Lethal Legion to exact revenge upon the Avengers. The Man-Ape was assigned to free Goliath from his incarceration on the West Coast Avengers Compound. Succeeding in the task, the Man-Ape allied with the Legion until the Reaper's racist attitudes prompted him to abandon the Legion's cause.
Later, M'Baku joined a new incarnation of the Masters of Evil, but was defeated by the Thunderbolts.


First Appearance: The Avengers (1963) #62

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Issue Appearances:
All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update (2007)
All-New, All-Different Avengers (2016)
Avengers/JLA (2003)
Black Panther (1998)
Black Panther (2005)
Black Panther (2009)
Black Panther (2016)
Captain America (1968)
Civil War: Battle Damage Report (2007)
Fantastic Four (1961)
Heroes For Hire (2006)
Iron Man (1968)
Marvel Encyclopedia (2014)
Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z (2008)
Superior Carnage (2013)
The Avengers (1963)
The Marvel Encyclopedia (2006)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition (1985)
The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Master Edition (1990)
The Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1985)
Thunderbolts (1997)
Villains For Hire (2012)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
Wonder Man (1991)

Group Affiliation(s):
Lethal Legion (Marvel)(01 - villains)
Masters of Evil (Marvel)

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