The new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser has sparked speculation about the possible return of Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger. Namor, the Sub-Mariner aka King of Atlantis and Riri Williams aka Ironheart are two new characters joining the MCU, according to the teaser.
The cryptic and succinct indication that Black Panther will return showed the figure baring its feline claws as the video ended.
Marvel have confirmed that the Black Panther title will not be revived following the death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, but will instead be cast for another character. Although rumors have it that Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger will be the next Black Panther, the Wakanda Forever teaser offers no indication of who he might be.
In the first Black Panther, Killmonger challenges T’Challa to the throne of Wakanda, sparking a battle that ends with Killmonger being stabbed in the chest and dying as a result.
Killmonger could return to the multiverse even though he died in the first movie. There is also a storyline in the comics where T’Challa is brought back from the grave by his henchmen to the Necropolis, the City of the Dead, where he is expected to be buried.
Killmonger’s return as Black Panther is further bolstered by the fact that he has soldier-like super abilities and that he previously played the role in the comics. Killmonger’s panther suit (or Golden Jaguar) is seen in the latest teaser, and Black Panther’s suit is even adorned with gold.
However, it still doesn’t seem likely that Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger will return in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, at least not in a superhero role.
Why Michael B. Jordan Shouldn’t Play Killmonger in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Michael B. Jordan’s return in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever seems doubtful. “We know Marvel has plans… Who knows what will happen? Even if Killmonger returns, Wakandans may still despise him for destroying their supply of heart-shaped herbs and undermining their king’s sovereignty. His ideals conflict with T’Challa’s and his journey in Wakanda ends with the first film.
T’Challa’s sister Shuri is expected to succeed him as the Black Panther (Letitia Wright). Shuri is the rightful heir of Wakanda and appears as the queen in the comics. She is smart and may have synthesized the heart plant Killmonger destroyed from Wakanda.
Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), T’Challa’s girlfriend, has leadership, political and fighting talents. Okoye (Danai Gurira), T’Challa’s loyal protector and commander of the Dora Milaje is another popular candidate. In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a woman takes on the role of leader, building on the strong female characters of the original film.
Michael B. Jordan can return as the Black Panther after death via Wakanda’s Ancestral Plain. As Killmonger in What If…, he may appear next season. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be an emotional celebration of Chadwick Boseman and King T’Challa.
Marvel’s Comic-Con panel featured Ryan Coogler “Chad’s enthusiasm, passion, intelligence, pride, culture and impact on our business will live on forever. Chadwick’s love inspired this film.”
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