Marvel may have gained so much success with its Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, while fans enjoy the levity and the superhero-goodness of the franchise, one of the major criticisms many have is its poorly-executed villains like Ultron (James Spader) and Malekith (Christopher Eccleston).
However, the trend of terribly written villains in the MCU changed when Black Panther introduced Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). The abandoned and estranged cousin of Wakanda's King T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Killmonger had every right to resent Wakanda and hold it accountable for idly watching by while the rest of the country's black brothers and sisters suffer together around the world.
Now, after the overwhelming success of Black Panther, it looks like Marvel's decided to give Killmonger his own limited comic book series.
Posting on Marvel's official website, Marvel Comics has just recently announced the arrival of Killmonger's mini-series by What If? X-Men writer Bryan Edward Hill and artist Juan Ferreyra.
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Speaking in an interview with Vulture, Hill explained that he wanted to explore the different choices and failures that led to Black Panther's cousin dedicating his life to revenge, saying that Erik's life feels like an entire tragedy.
"It's a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that," Hill told the publication. "Because to me, the iconic fight between Erik Killmonger and T'Challa is tragic. It's something that shouldn't happen. It's a conflict that's borne from a tragic misunderstanding and a young man who was violently taken from his home."
Maybe it's Killmonger's tragic history is what makes him such a great villain. We can't wait to read the journey that Killmonger took in his attempt to return to Wakanda.
The five-part Killmonger comic book series is set to hit shelves on Wednesday on December 5.