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Before Avengers: Infinity War is released, we have Black Panther to anticipate. This film is more than just another instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Truly, Black Panther has a lot of significance from a cultural perspective and I cannot wait to see it.
The cast itself is more than enough to get anyone excited to see Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman and Michael B. Jordan among others will all be able to showcase their incredible talent in the film.
Michael B. Jordan
I for one am very excited to see Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther. I have not seen him in a film since Creed. I love that film and I love the performance he gave as Adonis Creed. As such, my anticipation to see him once again is quite high. He will play Erik Killmonger in Black Panther who is the antagonist of the film.
In an interview with Collider, Michael B. Jordan had this to say about working with director Ryan Coogler again as well as what the response to Killmonger could be:
“I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and try something different, especially with [Director] Ryan [Coogler], working with him again. I jumped at the chance to get a chance to work with him again. I think one of the challenges for us, if we do our jobs the right ways, hopefully Killmonger is somebody you guys can root for, too. I think that’s something hard to accomplish, but if we all do what we’re supposed to do, I think that will be a really hard decision to make, to figure out who you want to root for. I think that brings out the best in villains”.
“There’s two sides to every coin and true villains–I think the really good ones and the interesting ones, the watchable ones–truly believe what they’re doing is the right thing. And if you can somehow blur that line for the people who’re supposed to not like them, like maybe I’m not supposed to be on board with this, if you can kind of get them to see that other point of view, I think the battle’s won”.
A Great Villain?
These comments from Michael B. Jordan get me very excited. To me, they tell me that the possibility of having a great villain in Black Panther and, in turn, the MCU is real. Certainly, this franchise has always struggled to consistently produce compelling and layered antagonists. It is the glaring flaw of the MCU. Still, I hope Killmonger will join the ranks of The Vulture and Ultron as one of my favourite MCU villains. Black Panther absolutely has an actor in Michael B. Jordan who is more than capable of making this a reality.
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