Michael B. Jordan Won’t Rule Out Killmonger’s Return
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, actor Michael B. Jordan, who played the role of Erik “Killmonger” Stevens in 2016’s Black Panther, said he won’t rule out a possible live-action return for the character. Now the title of the highly anticipated upcoming Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has been unveiled, fans can start guessing about which unexpected Marvel Comics characters may return for the film.
Michael B. Jordan Talks Killmonger
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, never say never. In an interview with ET, Jordan recently discussed the idea of his Black Panther character, Killmonger, returning to the MCU even though he died in the first film.
In speaking with the website, Jordan said that while he’s not sure what Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler is doing with sequel, he knows he’ll be working with him again very soon, whether or not it’s for Marvel Studios.
“There’s always a love I have for those characters and Erik is definitely one of those that means a lot to me,” Jordan said. “So only if it’s the right thing and it’s impactful and if I could add something to it. If it means something then, yeah, I wanna be a part of that journey, you know?”
He added that even if he doesn’t return as Killmonger, he and Coogler are “definitely gonna do projects together in the future.”
Black Panther (2016)
According to the article from ET, Killmonger did not die on-screen in the movie (to be honest, Marvel Blog True Believers, I have a pretty distinct memory of Killmonger dying onscreen after one of the most stirring speeches in the MCU, but hey, maybe I’m just remembering a parallel timeline…).
If you don’t want to take our word for it, you can go see for yourself on Disney+, where you can also enjoy a new intro that pays homage to the late Chadwick Boseman.
Nevertheless, death is a singular conceit within the realm of Marvel Comics, and it is indeed possible that Jordan’s Killmonger could appear in live-screen again, regardless of whether or not he was killed, either on- or off-screen.
Consider this, Marvel Blog True Believers: with some many different timelines in play, it’s possible that Killmonger is still alive in a parallel universe, and we’re getting to a phase of the MCU where multiple dimensions are in play!
In fact, it’s these multiple timelines that will ensure you’ll be seeing Killmonger again soon… albeit in animated form. Jordan reprised the role for an episode of the upcoming What If…? series, set to debut on Disney+ this summer.
The series presents episodes that answer “what if” questions, like “What if T’Challa had become Star-Lord?”
We don’t yet know in what capacity Killmonger will play into the series, but whatever his role, we’re looking forward to seeing one of the most memorable antagonists in the MCU onscreen once again!
What’s Next for Killmonger?
Will Jordan be reprising the role of Killmonger in a future live-action movie (or even for the Disney+ Wakanda project currently being developed by Coogler’s Proximity Media)? Let Marvel Blog know what you think in the comment section!