Kevin Feige squashes rumors that N'Jadaka/Erik "Killmonger" Stevens will return for Black Panther 2. Brilliantly played by Michael B. Jordan, the character is the primary antagonist of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther opposite Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa. Hailed as one of the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans naturally want to see his return for another outing.
Chances of Killmonger popping out in Black Panther 2 are rather low, considering his death at the end of original film. After an emotional one-on-one with T'Challa, Killmonger opted to die watching the Wakandan sunset instead of taking up the offer to get the medical treatment that would've saved his life. That didn't stop rumors, however, that he's being brought back for the sequel. But Feige officially debunks these claims - at least for now.
Speaking with Bet.com mostly about the future of MCU, the brain behind the interconnected franchise was asked about the legitimacy of rumors that Killmonger will appear in Black Panther 2. Feige is notorious for being elusive especially when asked about upcoming projects, but this time, he plainly answers the question - no, the fan-favorite villain will not be in the sequel.
The honest answer to that is that is pure rumor and speculation, because Mr. Coogler is just only in recent weeks sitting down at his keyboard and beginning to outline the movie. It’s early, so nothing is set yet in any way that far, because Mr. Coogler is sitting down and will share it with Nate Moore and myself in coming weeks.
While Feige's answer is negative, that doesn't guarantee that Jordan won't actually be back to reprise the role in Black Panther 2. As the producer said, Coogler has only started to work on the film a few weeks ago. Whether or not they've had discussions about the overall trajectory of the MCU sub-franchise remains to be seen, but it's possible that Feige doesn't know the specifics of Black Panther 2 just yet. This means that depending on how Coogler shapes up the sequel's story, there's still a chance that Killmonger will appear in the film in some capacity.
The great thing about Black Panther's story is that it stands on its own. There's no questions left unanswered, meaning that Coogler can start an entirely different story for Black Panther 2. It's unclear where the film will land in the MCU timeline - whether its pre or post Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and that's a critical detail when shaping its narrative. Endgame did hint about the possibility of the sequel tackling the conflict between Wakanda and Atlantis, paving the way for the introduction of Namor. But that's nothing concrete to back this theory up right now.
At this point, Killmonger is dead in the MCU which means that if Coogler plans to bring him back for Black Panther 2, he needs to be creative in making that a possibility. Much of T'Challa's actions toward the end of Black Panther were motivated by his cousins tragic life and eventual death, so Marvel needs to be delicate in handling his potential return. In any case, since Wakanda is known for its advanced technology, perhaps they can find a way to somehow resurrect him - if that's what's in the cards for the sequel.
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