Erik Killmonger - Black Panther Villain
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Who is Erik Killmonger?
Erik Killmonger is a Wakandian villain that frequently battles the hero Black Panther in the Marvel Universe. Erik Killmonger is domestic rival for the the thrown of Wakanda and challenges the path that the Black Panther has taken the nation. Erik Killmonger will be played by actor Michael B. Jordan in the 2018 film Black Panther.
First Appearance: Jungle Action #6 (1973)
Who is the Black Panther?
Born under the name N'Jadaka in Wakanda his father was forced to fight alongside the Super Villain Klaw. After Klaw's defeat N'Jadaka's father died and the family was exiled by King T'Challa the Black Panther. N'Jadaka went to America where he studied at MIT. N'Jadaka studied science as well as training heavily in martial arts. While training he nursed a great deal of hatred for super villains and for the T'Challa both of whom he blamed for his father's death and his family's exile. During his time in the states he changed his name to Erik Killmonger.
Erik is allowed by T'Challa to return home. He comes back to Wakanda and settles in a village. He quickly rises to become a leader and champion in that village which takes on his old name, N'Jadaka in his honor. He becomes a well known submerrisive of the King's reign and pushes for the country to be cleansed of any vestiges of the "white colonialist" culture.
When Black Panther leaves the country on Avengers business, Killmonger takes advantage of his absence and stages a coup d' etat. His insurrection is forcefully put down and in a battle with the Black Panther he is killed.
Erik Killmonger was resurrected first by the Mandarin in a bid to take over Wakanda and later by his followers in N'Jadaka.
Killmonger later successfully took control of the country of Wakanda. He first staged a variety of economic attacks including a stock market crash. He later then fought T'Challa in ritualized combat. Killmonger defeated T'Challa and gained the title of Black Panther and was set to lead the nation as its leader. As Killmonger took the heart shaped herb that gives Black Panther his powers, Erik finds himself becoming violently ill. The herb turns out to be poisonous to anyone outside of the royal Wakandan bloodline. T'Challa saves his rivals life and for a time Killmonger serves as the Cheiftain of Wakanda.
During his time of leading Wakanda, Killmonger offers police officer Kasper Cole an artificial version of the Black Panther herb and provides technology to allow the officer to track down a missing boy. In a exchange for the gifts Kasper had to drop his Black Panther persona and instead wear the rival White Tiger mantle. Kasper agreed though he attempted to avoid any other help from Killmonger seeing his influence as a dangerous nuisance.
Erik Killmonger is highly trained and gifted martial artist. Expert in the ritual combat of Wakanda.
Importance of Killmonger:
Killmonger has beaten Black Panther and even for a time taken control of the nation of Wakanda. He has a very different vision for Wakanda should be than T'Challa and sees himself as T'Challa's physical and mental superior.
If Klaw is Black Panther's Joker, then Killmonger is Black Panther's Bane.
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Black Panther Store:
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Comics and Trades:
I normally only recommend 4 trades from Amazon however I have linked directly to 8 here. I highly recommend Don McGregor's Black Panther Jungle Action the 1973series which fleshes out Wakanda. I grew up on and love Christopher Priest's Black Panther that modernized the character. The recent Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet is also phenonemal, while being very different from all other comics.
Toys and Merchandise:
Here are my favorite Black Panther Toys. The Mask, Funko, Marvel Legends figure and the Lego Set from Captain America: Civil War. This will be updated once the Black Panther film comes closer.
Erik Killmonger will be played by actor Michael B. Jordan in the 2018 film Black Panther. It is thought that Killmonger will be one of the major villains in the film.
He can be seen in a room appearing angry where he is no doubt discussing the course of the nation with T'Challa. He can also be seen donning a traditional tribal mask and breaking out Klaw from prison.
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