Everything You Need To Know About Erik Killmonger
Unless you’re living under a rock you saw the latest Black Panther trailer this week. Trailer 2 expanded on what we saw from the first trailer and it was awesome! For me, the highlight of trailer was Michael B. Jordan’s portrayal of Erik Killmonger. Physically imposing with far too much swag Killmonger appears to be a scene stealer already. If you’re new to the character or a hardcore fanatic like myself, here’s everything you need to know about Killmonger… Very few people call him Erik!
Erik Killmonger debuted Jungle Action #6 during the Panther’s Rage storyline (Issues 6-8). T'Challa returns to Wakanda to find that Erik Killmonger has threatened his homeland. Killmonger, causes chaos throughout the villages in an attempt to get T’Challa’s attention. T’Challa confronts Killmonger and is met with dismissiveness. After dismissing the African Prince Killmonger makes T’Challa fight “Prey”, his leopard. After apparently snapping the jaw of the leopard, Killmonger advances, throwing T’Challa over a waterfall.
Born under the name N'Jadaka, he is a native of Wakanda. His family was exiled after his father died fighting next to Ulysses Klaw and his mercenaries. He would end up in Harlem, New York where his hatred for Klaw and T’Challa grew, the king that exiled him. He then changed his name to Erik Killmonger and studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, desperate to avenge his father’s death.
Eventually he returned to Wakanda and settled in a village that would later change its name to B”Jadka Village, in his honor. He dreamed of ridding Wakanda of what what he felt was “white colonialist” cultural influences and return to its ancient ways. While Black Panther was away on frequent trips to America he’d take advantage of that absence. He would eventually be killed & defeated… until being resurrected.
Resurrection & Wakanda Takeover
Mandarin is responsible for Killmonger’s resurrection. Killmonger would return to his lover and ally, Madam Slay and they plotted to kill the Black Panther and bring back the ancient ways of Wakanda.
Tony Stark would visit Wakanda and Madam Slay drugged Jim Rhodes and took him prisoner. Killmonger would blamed Rhodes and Stark after believing he had killed The Black Panther, convincing the Wakandans that he would lead them to vengeance in the process. The Black Panther would eventually return, revealing that he had faked his death using an LMD. The Black Panther would go on to defeat Killmonger. The Mandarin recalled his ring and Killmonger reverted to an inanimate skeleton. However Killmonger had garnered a following, a following that would resurrect him. He would clash with T’Challa for the foreseeable future.
Killmonger would try to gain control of Wakanda once again, this time with its economy. T'Challa would stop him by nationalizing all foreign companies in Wakanda and cause a run on the stock market. The two foes would collide once again, but this time Killmonger would defeat his foe and gain the status of Black Panther. He would maintain control of Wakanda and attempt to inherit T'Challa’s Avengers status, but when he underwent ritual his body reacted to the heart-shaped herb that he was suppose to consume. Proving to be poisonous to anyone that wasn’t of the royal bloodline. T’Challa didn’t allow him to die despite it being easy to do so.
As Killmonger came out of his coma, he reclaimed his position as chieftain over Wakanda. Once again he went to New York this time to contact Kasper Cole, a police officer, parading as the Black Panther to help him with cases. Killmonger attempted to gain him as an ally, offering him a buffered version of the Panther’s heart-shaped herb. In exchange, he would have to drop the Panther identity and take up that of a White Tiger acolyte of the Panther cult. Also He’d owe Killmonger a favor. Kasper would agreed, but instead he’d use his new herb-enhanced abilities to track down the boy on his own to avoid owing Killmonger an unpayable debt.
T'Challa, once again the sole ruler of Wakanda while Killmonger resurfaced and took control of Niganda. Killmonger is killed by Monica Rambeau during another confrontation with T’Challa. Monica was previously captured and imprisoned. The son of Killmonger’s young swears to vengeance against the Black Panther, in an eerie callback to T’Challa who swore the same after the death of his father.
It appears that what we’ve briefly seen in the trailers is true to the characters comic book origins. Also, the jaguar suit looked amazing! I somewhat wished they would’ve saved that for the movie, but I’m excited nonetheless. Judging from the trailer Killmonger is going to be a fan favorite, show stealer, and complete bad ass! My calendar is marked for February 16, 2018!