Black Panther’s Winston Duke credits the women in his life for helping him chase his dreams

Winston Duke

Black Panther’s Winston Duke credits the women in his life for helping him chase his dreams

Winston Duke recently joined ABC’s The View to talk about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and his popularity as the character of M’Baku. Whoopie Goldberg and the cast of the View said, “You are not only just a fan favorite, just in the world, but in Wakanda, you are resonating with lots and lots of people.” Goldberg is correct in her assessment that Duke and M’Baku are beloved by fans in both Black Panther films.

In addition to sharing the actor’s success, the cast touched upon the emotional loss of Duke’s mother, which took place before the release of Wakanda Forever in October. Add to this trauma the loss of cast mate Chadwick Boseman who was grieved during the filming process of the movie. The women of the view reflected upon the tremendous strength and resolve required by Duke to overcome these devastating losses in his personal and professional life.

Duke replied, “it was always my mom’s wish; she always was very supportive of me, raising a young black man, she would always say things like, you are a prince; remember that you are a prince in this world, remember that you are worth more than anything…”

Duke reflected upon a production photo of his character M’Baku where his mom was a part of the photo, saying, “that picture was actually from when you shoot the movie, you do photo shoots and things like that, and she came with me, and I had no idea that would be one of the last kinda public moments we would share…” Winston’s mother got sick and passed away only six weeks later.


Black Panther premiered only a week or two after his mother’s passing. Duke drew strength from his mother to attend the film’s premier and press functions. Duke counted himself blessed to have such a wonderful mother and drew inspiration from her maxims and lessons. The segment offered a softer side of Duke, whose character, M’Baku, is known as the typical alpha male in the Black Panther films.

You can check out the heartwarming interview with the Trinidad and Tobago native online.

Related: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Officially Coming to Disney+ on February 1st

Winston Duke

Winston Duke recounted his journey from a reclusive immigrant to the star of the stage and screen. He even talked about his latest project with Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt and his on-location shoots in Australia. Duke credits all his “dream-chasing” to the women in his life, following the blueprints and life lessons from the women in his life.

Related: Wakanda Forever is now highest-grossing female-led superhero movie

We loved seeing the softer side of this Marvel Strongman, and we can’t wait to see more of Duke when Black Panther: Wakanda Forever drops on Disney+ on February 1, 2023.

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