Unless you are familiar with the Black Panther comics, there is a chance that you have not heard of Erik Killmonger.
This is now going change as Marvel and Ryan Coogler’s solo pic is over 2 weeks out from its release. Given the ties to the MCU, comic book fans had been already looking forward to Black Panther. After last night’s social media embargo had broken, T’Challa’s movie has upgraded from an anticipated blockbuster to one that is Marvel’s best.
Erik Killmonger has been brought to life by Michael B. Jordan, and the character is a hot-headed nemesis of Black Panther. He holds a big grudge against T’Challa after T’Chaka had ordered Killmonger’s family into exile.
It is a compelling arc and based on the Twitter feed, Erik Killmonger can dethrone Loki and become the best antagonist of the MCU.
“It is 10:01pm PST and I am here to say that BLACK PANTHER is an excellent film with the most realistic Marvel villain.”
— Kendra James (@KendraJames_) January 30, 2018
“BLACK PANTHER is incredible, kinetic, purposeful. A superhero movie about why representation & identity matters, and how tragic it is when those things are denied to people. The 1st MCU movie about something real; Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger had me weeping and he’s the VILLAIN”
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) January 30, 2018
“#marvel does it again with ‘Black Panther’. Very impressed with the story and filmmaking. @michaelb4jordan absolutely kills it as the villain and is the best one since Loki. Also @DanaiGurira kicks so much ass and I loved every second of it. Going to make serious $. pic.twitter.com/YBrg2x3Nnz”
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) January 30, 2018
“Black Panther is one of Marvel’s most ambitious works and includes, in Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, a top tier villain for Marvel or otherwise. He owns every scene he’s in and the film is everything it’s been billed as. Long may it reign. pic.twitter.com/KajWk3PNRm”
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) January 30, 2018
So, there you have it: Killmonger is purportedly a triumphant achievement in a film full of them, and we’ll be able to see what all the fuss is about once Black Panther makes its way into theaters on February 16th. Much like its MCU brethren, it’ll debut overseas first before making its way to North America, where it’s expected to collect anywhere between $120m and $150m on its four-day opening weekend.