Playing Black Panther’s Killmonger Drove Michael B. Jordan Into Therapy

Despite the staggering amount of characters (heroes and evil-doers alike) that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Michael B.

Jordan’s Erik “Killmonger” Stevens in 2018’s “Black Panther” still reigns as one of the most memorable antagonists in the franchise’s history.

Sure, there are more destructive villains, such as Josh Brolin’s Thanos, or the limitless potential of Kang the Conqueror (as introduced in “Loki” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”), but Killmonger stands apart thanks to his pure rage and charisma.

Because of this, he presents a genuine ideological opponent for Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa.There’s a thick layer of tragedy and vulnerability to Jordan’s portrayal of Killmonger, the estranged cousin of the Wakandan family throne.

As with any proper multi-dimensional antagonist, Killmonger’s descent into violence began with noble intentions: to utilize Wakanda’s resources and technology to fight against the exploitation of Black people all over the world.

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