You may not have heard this already, but some movie called Black Panther is set to come out later this week. It's about a man who dresses like a cat and protects his country as a king and superhero, and it's one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Black Panther is the fastest selling superhero movie on Fandango, and it's projected to be one of Marvel Studios' strongest openings ever. Yes, people are very excited to see this already critically acclaimed movie, which only really stars one recognizable character (Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa) amongst a host of new faces.
It's not often these days that a Marvel movie comes around and people don't already the majority of the cast, but that's part of the fun of a brand new Marvel movie! Because the chances are pretty high that most people won't know who Nakia or Killmonger is, I've compiled a list of the major characters that will be appearing in the movie, complete with a little introduction of who they are and what they're all about.
Relation to Black Panther: He is Black Panther
Powers: Heightened Strength and Agility; Fighting Prowess; Vibranium Costume and Weapons
He should need no introduction. T'Challa is the main character of the movie, and made his debut in Captain America: Civil War. He returns to his nation of Wakanda as king and must balance his new responsibilities with his duties as Black Panther. Not everyone is happy T'Challa has assumed the throne, and he'll have to deal with enemies both outside and within Wakanda to protect it. Those who love the character won't have to wait much longer to see him again. Black Panther has a role to play in Avengers: Infinity War, with Wakanda is a major set piece.
Relation to Black Panther: Hates Him and Wants the Wakanda Throne
Powers: Extremely Skilled and Capable Fighter; Might Have Augmented Strength and Agility Like Black Panther
Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) is the main antagonist of the movie and he seeks to usurp the throne in order take control of Wakanda for what he sees as the "greater good," which likely doesn't mean anything good for the rest of the world. Early reactions to the film praise Killmonger as one of the best villains Marvel has ever done. His exact goals in the movie are still unknown but he does get his own vibranium Black Panther suit so he can go toe-to-toe with T'Challa. In the comics, he was an exiled Wakandan who returns to exact his revenge on Black Panther.