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Killmonger: The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Most Enthralling Villain

Jasmyn James, contributor

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The movie Black Panther is already making box office history and is also making history by introducing the first widely publicized Black superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Prince T’challa, the Black Panther. However, I think it is important to note that it also introduces a villain that may in fact be just as amazing, or even better than the Black Panther. This villain is  Erik “Killmonger” Stevens. On one hand, he was trying to be the Robin Hood of oppressed Black people around the world, but he was also dealing with anger and hurt after the death of his father at the hands of his uncle, T’chaka the King of Wakanda. To put it simply, he lived a double life: he was trying to be a hero for some, but he had to be a villain to become one.

Killmonger was an angry man, but his anger could be justified. His father N’Jobu was a prince of Wakanda who had come to America, and Killmonger had grown up hearing about the beauty of the advanced civilization. His father was murdered by T’challa’s father before he was arrested for smuggling vibranium out to help oppressed people of African descent around the world. Killmonger was then left in Oakland and to discover his father’s dead body, abandoned by the very people that were supposed to take care of him and support him. He was forced to grow up an orphan in the poverty- stricken neighborhoods of Oakland, and was very much the product of this rough upbringing. He had to work hard for everything he got, eventually working his way up to becoming a high ranking military operative. T’challa was born a prince, and never had to work for anything. He was bequeathed the powers and abilities of the Black Panther from his status and privilege.

He was more relatable than the hero, Prince T’challa in many ways to most African- Americans. Killmonger’s actions were not exemplary, but they could also be understood. Killmonger was of Wakandan descent, but when he came to Wakanda, they coldly viewed him as an outsider. He planned to take the throne and his rightful powers as a Black Panther. He wanted to continue his father’s plan to send the powerful vibranium weapons out to help oppressed Blacks around the world. The Wakandans did not share this same desire, and wanted to continue to live in an isolated, technologically advanced paradise, and were not worried about the struggles of their descendants outside their borders. Killmonger did kill many innocent people and destroy many Wakandan ideals, but it wasn’t until he brought his new radical way of thinking that T’challa realized it might be time to reach out and reveal what the nation of Wakanda really is, and finally aid the descendants of their people.

Perhaps the most tragic and compelling part about Killmonger is that he could have been a hero. If different choices would have been made not only by himself, but by T’challa’s father and T’challa, Killmonger could have been a completely different person. His character really shows that the choices we make can define us in ways we may not have wanted and can have serious consequences, like changing the path of someone that’s destined for greatness to someone that was deprived of a fair chance of knowing who he really is.

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