Ulysses Klaw was the son of Fritz Klaue, a Nazi war criminal who, after World War II, moved his family to Belgium and changed the family name to Klaw. Fritz would tell his son tales of a secret African nation called Wakanda. As a young man, Klaw worked as a physicist at the Technical University at Delft, where he designed a sound transducer that was able to convert sound waves into physical matter, but his invention needed one key element: Vibranium. Ulysses gathered a group of mercenaries and travelled to Africa in search of Wakanda and Vibranium. He was successful in his travels, finding a mound of the rare powerful element; however, it was being protected by King T’chaka and members of his tribe. They refused to give the Vibranium over to Klaw, who, in retaliation, ordered the mercenaries to shoot T’Chaka and his people. Rhe king’s young son T’Challa, who had never seen such brutality, watched as gunfire destroyed his superiors. Klaw went on a rampage with his remarkable weaponry, massacring and burnint down the nearby village and tribe. Young T’Challa retaliated by stealing the sound-blaster and turninf it on Klaw, then using the weapon to shatter Klaw’s hand. For the next ten years, Ulysses planned revenge against Wakanda, building more weaponry, including a sonic gun called a Force Glove to replace his hand, and vowing to take his revenge against Africa’s secret nation.
Ulysses Klaw’s origins have been altered in the MCU; his hand was not taken by T’Challa, but by Ultron during Marvel Studios Phase 2’s tribute to The Empire Strikes Back. How M’Baku and Eric Killmonger will fit into Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is mostly unknown, though one thing we do know is that some sort of relationship between Klaw and Killmonger does exist. Black Panther tickets are currently selling fast at the box office, so if you want a guaranteed seat on opening weekend, buy your tickets now! Black Panther gets a February 16th release date in the US and February 13th in the UK.