“Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, ’cause they knew death was better than bondage.” Those were some of the last words heard from “Black Panther” villain #ErikKillmonger. But #Marvel thinks it’s time for a #Killmonger revival.
Whether you hated or loved Killmonger, he was a villain with a cause that wasn’t completely understood. Ever since Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” debuted on Feb. 18 people haven’t stopped talking about the film or its star villain, Killmonger. While the audience got to see a brief look at Killmonger’s upbringing, fans weren’t able to see how he became Killmonger the villain. Marvel wants to show fans what happened in between the “before” and “after” in a new comic book mini-series entitled “Killmonger.”
The series will follow the story of a Wakandan – once named N”Jadaka – who was exiled from Wakanda to the U.S. His anger and resentment for Wakanda eventually turned him into a villain. Vibe.com reports, “Green Arrow’s” Juan Ferreyra will serve as the lead artist on the book and Bryan Edward Hill will write it. Hill told Vulture the film inspired the comic series. “With Erik, I feel like it’s really a tragedy. It’s a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that,” he said.
Hill went on to say the fight between Killmonger, portrayed by Michael B Jordan and T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, was a scene that greatly influenced the comic’s storyline. “To me the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and T’Challa is tragic. It’s something that shouldn’t happen. It’s a conflict that’s borne from a tragic misunderstanding and a young man who was violently taken from his home,” he said. So I wanted to explore it from that context, and I wanted to explore the thoughts and the feelings of a person exiled from his homeland, from his belief system, who’s using revenge as a guiding light.”