This week, filming began on not one, but two major movies coming from Marvel Studios. The first will be their biggest production to date with the Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Infinity War, while the second, Black Panther, is being set up to be one of the studio’s most anticipated and star-studded standalone films to date. Containing arguably one of the best casts in superhero movie history, with actors like Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Sterling K. Brown, Winston Duke, and more, the talent involved in Black Panther alone is worth getting excited over.
In addition to that packed ensemble as well, the film will also feature the reunion between writer and director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, with the latter set to play one of the film’s main antagonists, Erik Killmonger, from the comics. Following his disappointing work in Twentieth Century Fox’s failed Fantastic Four reboot too, this is setting itself up to be Jordan’s shot at comic book movie redemption.
With production on the film officially underway as well, Jordan has posted a new post-workout image on his Instagram account, teasing for the first time, the immense, impressive shape he’s gotten into to play Killmonger in the film – who already looks to be more than just a formidable foe for Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. Take a look for yourself below:
In the comics, Killmonger and his whole family is exiled from Wakanda when he was a young boy, after his father was killed helping Ulysses Klaw steal vibranium from the Wakandan nation. Following his exile, Killmonger developed a hatred towards T’Challa and his family, training to be a physical and mental match for the Black Panther – and after studying at MIT, was repatriated by T’Challa and allowed to live back in Wakanda, before planning to try to kill and steal the throne from T’Challa. There’s no telling, of course, how faithful the Black Panther film will be to that backstory, since Marvel has been known to play fast and loose with their villains’ origins previously, but it certainly seems like a role that Jordan could pull off with ease. That would also allow him to work with some of the film’s other presumed villains, including Serkis’ Klaw.
This photo also comes following the recent reveal of a new Black Panther film logo and the first images of Chadwick Boseman on the film’s set. After having spent years building up an impressive resume for himself and some considerable star power along the way as well, Jordan is one of a number of young, versatile actors set to play a large role in the film; and who, thanks to his history with Coogler, may be able to give fans one of the best onscreen Marvel villains to date. Based on this photo alone even, he certainly appears to be, at the very least, one of the most physically formidable.