Michael B Jordan said that he doesn’t believe his character of Killmonger was a villain in 2018’s Black Panther and that the character had the same concern for his people as Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa – they just had a different way of getting things done.
Michael B Jordan doesn’t believe Killmonger was a bad guy
Jordan said: “I think he was a necessary part of the conversation, I think he cared about his people just as much as T’Challa, he just had a different way of going about and getting it done. I think he was a historian that studied history, the history of government, and oppression – he’s a really smart guy, MIT graduate, the guy is very intelligent.”
He added: “He saw that there was really only one way to change things and he went about that, and I don’t think his argument was completely wrong, I don’t think T’Challa’s argument was completely wrong – I think it was a necessary conversation that needed to be had.”
One of the best antagonists in cinema
Killmonger was a former Navy Seal and the son of Prince N’Jobu, who was killed by T’Chaka for revealing Wakanda to Ulysses Klaue. The death of his father drove Killmonger to the part of vengeance as he sought to avenge his father’s death and become king of Wakanda to achieve the liberation of the Black community by dominating the world, and he was ultimately stopped by Chadwick Boseman‘s Black Panther.
Many fans have argued that Killmonger was one of the best antagonists for his relativity to people’s experiences, and consider him to be more of an anti-hero instead for his ideal and goals, although his means of achieving them are questionable.
His death at the end of the movie was mourned by T’Challa, who understood where he was coming from and the motivations that drove him to do what he did – which was primarily driven by the discrimination and ill-treatment of the Black community as seen in real life.