Black Panther, the upcoming Marvel solo film, has been shrouded in mystery since it was first announced. Other than the post-credits scene in Captain America: Civil War that gave us a glimpse at Panther’s (Chadwick Boseman) secluded and technological homeland of Wakanda and a slew of casting details, we haven’t heard much concerning the actual plot. Directer Ryan Coogler (Creed) is still working on the script as we speak and the film won’t go into production for some time yet.
Coogler didn’t offer much information at Black Panther’s Comic-Con International presentation other than what we already know. However, a big name member of the cast did. Lupita Nyong’o, who is confirmed to portray Nakia – a members of Wakanda’s elite special forces unit called the Dora Milaje – offered up the very first plot details to Marvel.com during a red carpet interview:
“The story of this Black Panther is- what am I allowed to say? – The story is that the Black Panther’s leadership is really threatened by two foes who come together, and so Black Panther gets the help of the C.I.A. and the Dora Milaje to try and defeat the enemy.”
After months of speculation that turned out to be correct, Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station) was finally confirmed to be playing the long-time rival of Black Panther, Erik Killmonger. To the delight of many fans, the news came from the official Marvel Studios’ presentation at last weeks San Diego Comic-Con . We can safely assume that Killmonger will be one of the aforementioned “foes.”
In the comics, Killmonger, a native of Wakanda, was born under the name N’Jadaka. Ulysses Klaw forced Killmonger’s father to join his mercenaries and attack Wakanda, When Klaw was defeated, Killmonger’s father died and his family was exiled by T’Challa. During his time in exile, Killmonger became a very powerful warrior and genius within the tech realm by studying at MIT. He eventually contacted King T’Challa and was repatriated back to Wakanda, settling in a village that would later change its name to N’Jadaka Village in his honor. He then took advantage of Black Panther’s frequent absences in America with the Avengers to stage a coup d’état.
Although Killmonger has a special kind of hatred for supervillain Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) who we met in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it’s entirely possible that he decides a team-up between the two is the best way to force Wakanda back to its ancient roots. Klaw is responsible for the murder of his father, but since it’s been confirmed that Andy Serkis is returning for Black Panther, he could possibly be the second foe. Or the second villain could be someone else entirely, as time will tell.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming following 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.