Since last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Black Panther has slowly been unveiling its cast, and last week, Marvel officially announced who all the main players will be, including the villains. Along with Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Winston Duke as M'Baku (as previously reported), it was also finally confirmed that Andy Serkis will resurface as Ulysses Klaue in next year's blockbuster. So while T'Challa is getting the hang of ruling over Wakanda, he'll also have deal with three baddies determined to give him hell in one way or another.

Now that Black Panther's main villains are public knowledge, we've decided to go over their comic book histories, any other media appearances they've made and what we can expect from them in the movie. Let's start with Erik Killmonger, who seems to be the primary antagonist of the MCU installment that will hit theaters on February 16, 2018.

Erik Killmonger

Erik Killmonger

Erik Killmonger was born as N'Jadaka, a Wakandan native whose father was forced into being one of Ulysses Klaw's slaves following the physicist's attack on the country. N'Jadaka's family was eventually killed, and the boy ended up in the United States with a burning hatred for T'Chaka, the king of his homeland, for allowing his loved ones to die. Taking the name Erik Killmonger, he became quite the learned man as an adult, obtaining a PhD in Engineering and an MBA at M.I.T. When he learned that T'Challa had taken over the Wakandan throne, Erik initiated his plan to destroy the son of the man he believed wronged him.

Pretending to be a Wakandan who simply wanted his exile from Wakanda to end, Erik Killmonger made contact with T'Challa in New York and secured repatriation back to the African nation. Once there, Erik began collecting resources and allies to help him seize the Wakandan throne and take the country. In Erik's eyes, the only way for Wakanda to truly thrive was to move away from the "white colonialist" influences of the present day and re-embrace the the country's ancient roots. Erik's first coup against T'Challa was successful, but the Black Panther later bounced back to defeat his enemy, and during their battle (but not by Black Panther's hand), Erik was killed. In traditional comic book fashion, he was later resurrected, and since then hasn't let up in his attempts to control Wakanda. Outside of the comics, Erik has only been seen as a playable DLC character in the video game Lego Marvel's Avengers, so Black Panther will essentially be his first major appearance off the printed page, giving Michael B. Jordan plenty of room to put his own spin on the character.

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