As part of the Marvel Studios presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, it has been officially confirmed that Creed actor Michael B. Jordan will be portraying the supervillain Eric Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther for director Ryan Coogler.
One of Black Panther’s central recurring villains, Killmonger is the son of a Wakandan traitor who was exiled for giving aid to perennial Panther enemy Ulysses Klaue (portrayed by Andy Serkis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe). In the world of Marvel Comics, Killmonger moves to the United States and studies martial-arts, military strategy and increases his high-tech acumen in order to become a sort of “Anti-T’Challa,” remaking himself into an evil equivalent to Black Panther.
Casting sheets released earlier for the film had also teased the yet-unconfirmed presence of “Malice,” a female villain who is mutated into a servant by Killmonger. He is also often allied with a female love interest of his own named “Madam Slay,” who has the power to control leopards. That role has not yet been officially mentioned as an element of the film, however.
Meanwhile, Lupita Nyong’o is now officially confirmed to be playing Nakia, one the Dora Milaje – a sect of warrior women who are sworn to protect and fight alongside The Black Panther. The head of the group will be portrayed by Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead). In most versions of the Black Panther comic mythos, Nakia eventually finds herself mutated by Killmonger into a creature called Malice.
Check out the new official logo for Marvel’s Black Panther, below.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.