Real Name: M'Baku
Occupation: Mercenary, renegade
Identity: Known to Wakandan and American authorities
Legal Status: Exiled citizen of Wakanda
Other Aliases: White Gorilla
Place of Birth: Wakanda, Northern Africa
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: One time member of the Lethal Legion,
former ally of Grim Reaper
Base of Operations: Mobile
First Appearance: AVENGERS #62
History: M'Baku was one of Wakanda's greatest warriors,
second to T'Challa, the Black
Panther himself. While the Panther, king of the Wakandas,
was on a several month leave of absence from his royal
duties to serve the Avengers
in America, the ambitious M'Baku plotted to usurp the
throne. The Wakandan culture had evolved from a hunter-warrior
society, and was traditionally ruled by its greatest warrior.
The Black Panther had outlawed the rival White Gorilla
cult from Wakanda while the Panther cult was dominant.
M'Baku flouted T'Challa's edicts and revived the White
Gorilla cult, personally stalking and killing 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 conferred its great strength upon M'Baku.
When the Black Panther returned to Wakanda with some of his
teammates in the Avengers, M'Baku, calling himself the
Man-Ape, openly challenged the Panther's right to rule.
M'Baku deplored 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. In his protracted battle
with the Panther, the Man-Ape succeeded in besting him.
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 Black Panther believed the Man-Ape had been crushed, but
M'Baku's chief supporter N'gamo revived him. M'Baku left
Wakanda to track down the Panther who had rejoined the
Avengers in New York. There the Man-Ape allied himself
with the Grim Reaper and his Lethal Legion, a short-lived
team of Avengers foes including the Living Laser, the
original Power Man, and the Swordsman. The Man-Ape kidnapped
Monica Lynne, the Black Panther's American girlfriend,
and sent word to T'Challa that he would have to once more
engage in personal combat with him to free her. Through
treachery, the Man-Ape again bested the Panther, and also
took him captive. When the rest of the Avengers came to
the Panther's rescue, the Lethal Legion managed to ensnare
them, too. Eventually, however, the Avengers broke free
and defeated their captors. It was Captain
America who physically bested the Man-Ape.
The Panther decreed that the Man-Ape could never return to
Wakanda without facing the death penalty. Humiliated,
the Man-Ape never risked the attempt and instead wandered
the less civilized parts of the world, performing mercenary
work to survive and keeping a low profile. 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
(now known as Atlas) from his incarceration on the West
Compound. Succeeding in the task, the Man-Ape joined
with the Grim Reaper as one of his henchmen until the
Reaper's racist attitudes prompted the Man-Ape (and the
Black Talon) to abandon
the Reaper's cause. The Man-Ape is at large, his current
whereabouts and activities unknown.
More recently, Man-Ape was invited to join the most recent
version of the villain team Masters of Evil, but soon
after, the Master's ultimate plans were thwarted by the
hero team Thunderbolts.
Height: 7 ft.
Weight: 355 lbs.
Strength Level: The Man-Ape possesses superhuman strength,
enabling him to lift (press) approximately 10 tons under
Known Superhuman Powers: The Man-Ape's primary power
is his strength. He also has superhuman endurance, agility,
and resistance to injury.
Abilities: The Man-Ape is a masterful natural fighter
whose fighting style is reminiscent of that of a gorilla.