‘Black Panther 2’: Michael B. Jordan Addresses a Potential Return as Killmonger

Usually, there’s a certain satisfaction to seeing a villain defeated. In the case of Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), his death in Black Panther is far more complicated. Rather than triumphant, Killmonger’s final moments are powerful and tragic. No wonder some fans want him back in Black Panther 2. Now Jordan himself has spoken about the possibility he could return for the upcoming Marvel sequel.

Michael B. Jordan at the European premiere for 'Black Panther'
Michael B. Jordan at the European premiere for ‘Black Panther’ | Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger is one of the best Marvel villains ever

Over the years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has faced criticism for its often subpar villains. Aside from standouts like Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Thanos (Josh Brolin), many MCU baddies are underdeveloped or lacking in personality. The movies don’t spend the time to help viewers see their perspective or understand their true motivations. This definitely isn’t the case with Killmonger.

In fact, in some ways, his ideology is very relatable. Though his methods are extreme and lacking in compassion, Killmonger’s perspective makes sense. More importantly, fans can see why he would feel that way even if they disagree. And Black Panther might be the first time a villain inspires a hero to change his own viewpoint in a significant way. Killmonger’s death has undeniable weight.

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The actor just spoke about maybe returning for ‘Black Panther 2’

While some fans want Killmonger back, others argue a return would cheapen his unforgettable death scene. Development on Black Panther 2 continues. But following the real-life death of star Chadwick Boseman, its new direction remains unclear. Speaking to People, Jordan shared his willingness to return for writer-director Ryan Coogler’s upcoming sequel.

“That’s something that is very, very near and dear to my heart for a lot of obvious reasons. [I] had a really tough year losing somebody close to me [in Chadwick Boseman]. And what that means for that franchise is it was devastating. But being in that world in a character that I loved playing, and working with [Ryan Coogler] and all that good stuff, it’s family. We created a family over there. So to be able to be in that world again is something that, I think, will always be on the table in some capacity.”

In the world of comic books, no one’s ever really gone for good. Certainly, there are ways Killmonger could appear. And it sounds like Jordan is open to coming back in the role. If he does, he’ll be joining an extensive returning cast. Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Martin Freeman are all officially onboard for Black Panther 2.

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Ryan Coogler has never directed a movie without Michael B. Jordan

At this point, there’s no clear indication Marvel even wants Jordan back as Killmonger. However, Coogler has never directed a movie without Jordan involved. That bodes well for at least a cameo. And Boseman’s death might leave Black Panther 2 scrambling to find a new direction. 

Right now, the most likely scenario is Shuri (Wright) takes up the mantle of Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda. Even if that’s the case, there’s a good chance she could reunite with Killmonger in the Ancestral Plane. After all, T’Challa (Boseman) consulted with his father (John Kani) here. Stay tuned.