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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an ever-expanding place, but a few properties have managed to stand out as fan favorites. Chief among them is Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, with the sequel Wakanda Forever currently in active development. Michael B. Jordan had an acclaimed performance as Killmonger, and recently explained why people really latched onto the villain in Black Panther.
While the MCU has taken some criticism for its handling of villains, Killmonger in Black Panther was definitely an exception. Fans connected with the antagonist, with his motivations coming from a deeply hurt place. Now Michael B. Jordan himself has opened up about why fans had this reaction to his signature Marvel antagonist, saying:
There you have it. It seems that Killmonger as a character was handled with great care by the folks who made Black Panther into a reality. Ryan Coogler obviously cared about his villain as much as the protagonist T’Challa. And as a result, Michael B. Jordan goes down as one of the best MCU villains thus far.
Michael B. Jordan’s comments come from his recent appearance on the podcast Jemele Hill is Unbothered. Eventually the conversation turned to the actor’s time in the MCU, with Jordan reprising his role as Killmonger in the upcoming animated seriesWhat If…? That’s when the actor-director revealed just how much work went into his Wakandan villain.
Marvel fans can re-watch Michael B. Jordan’s performance on Disney+. You can use this link to sign up for the streaming service.
Later in that same interview, Michael B. Jordan went on to explain how lucky he felt playing Killmonger in Black Panther. While he was unfortunately killed off in the third act, Jordan praised how his character was approached. In the actor’s words,
As previously mentioned, there has been some criticism thrown at Marvel Studios for its handling of villains over the years. But characters like Loki and Killmonger show how successful it is when the antagonists are truly fleshed out. We’ll just have to wait and see what type of bad guys pop up throughout Phase Four.
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