One of the films Black Panther director Ryan Coogler drew from for inspiration was the 1970’s epic The Godfather. In it, mafia families fight for control following a transference of power from father to son. As Black Panther opens, a similar scenario is unfolding for T’Challa, who is still grieving the death of his father, T’Chaka, who was assassinated during Captain America: Civil War. Unfortunately for T’Challa, not everyone inside Wakanda, or outside, supports the new king, making the throne a little less comfortable.

The trailer has shown us the film’s two key antagonists and now we have a little more information about them and what their motivations are in the film. While Wakanda has long fought to keep their enemies at bay, it appears that it’s greatest threats may have grown inside its own borders in the person of Erik Killmonger. Played by Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger  is described as “a dissident from the country and aspiring prince who has colluded with a hostile foreign adversary in a bid to bring down the rightful heir to Wakanda’s throne.”

Killmonger has always been one of T’Challa’s fiercest foes in the comics, every bit the physical and intellectual equal of the King of Wakanda, and has bested him more than once. His comic book backstory saw him born in Wakanda, nee N’Jadaka, only to find himself uprooted and exiled when his father was enlisted by a certain foreign invader to fight against his country. His character here seems to share some similar traits, having been exiled and now returning to challenge the King for the throne. Marvel executive producer Nate Moore explains a little more about Jordan’s Killmonger:

I think Killmonger has his own opinion on how Wakanda has been run and should run, and what I think Michael brings to the table is sort of a charming antagonist, who doesn’t agree with how T’Challa is running things, frankly. I think that puts T’Challa in a difficult situation. Killmonger is a voice of a different side of Wakanda.


Source: EW