Black Panther: Killmonger needs its own prequel

Black Panther: Killmonger needs its own prequel

Aside from the overwhelming success of Black Panther at the box office, it may have helped shape the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the film will help pivot to Infinity War and change the lay of the land for our heroes, it also set up some of the more intriguing characters we didn’t think we needed to know but somehow want more. Black Panther not only sets itself apart from your typical superhero film, it finally gives Marvel a hero with talking about Erik “Killmonger” Stevens.

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Since there have already been talks of sequels and spinoffs we can’t help but speculate who deserves their own solo film. While Black Panther may have taken some liberty in adjusting the origin of Killmonger from the comics, nothing was lost on the character. With a simple flashback, it is revealed he is the cousin of T’Challa who’s father kills his brother N’Jobu and leaving his son behind. There is so much story left in these actions that it would be a crime not to see this story unfold, especially with how strong of a presence Killmonger was in Black Panther.

If Disney/Marvel were wise they’d throw together a Killmonger prequel together and give an origin story for Michael B. Jordan’s character similar to what Lucasfilm attempted to do with the Star Wars prequels. By showing the character’s shift from a child to the villain he became, they could unravel the troubled history and how the character was forever changed by his father’s death, showing how he tried to be good and make his father proud but the constant struggle was too much for him to handle.

There’s also plenty of stories left in why W’Kabi chose to betray T’Challa. What connection does he have to Killmonger, his past, and his willingness to see him overthrown? Flashbacks in Black Panther reveal so little about the character that it would leave plenty of meat on the bone. A movie showing the connection of Sterling K. Brown’s N’Jobu to Jordan’s Killmonger as a child and Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi working with Killmonger to overtake the throne of Wakanda should have enough star power to make this the next iteration into a growing franchise.

Even at the end of Black Panther, T’Challa shows mercy to Killmonger because he sympathizes with him over T’Chaka’s wrong-doings. In the end, he wasn’t a bad guy, he was just a character who held on to anger and resentment. By exploring his tragic origin, Marvel could create an origin story. They could give us more of Killmonger without having to bring his character back to life. A plot device that is used all too often in comic book films. Michael B. Jordan did so well with the character it left fans wanting more. After the success of the character, it would definitely warrant his own film. Does Disney/Marvel feel strong enough about the character to see him fly solo?

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