Black Panther and Without Remorse star Michael B. Jordan has weighed in on the chances he’ll return as Erik Killmonger in Black Panther II, and it doesn’t sound too likely based on what he reveals here…
Michael B. Jordan played Erik Killmonger in 2018’s Black Panther, and while the movie ended with his apparent demise, the way fans have gravitated to the character has led to a lot of speculation online that he might return. There’s really nothing to say T’Challa and Shuri couldn’t have found a way to save him off screen, of course, and that’s what a lot of people are now banking on.
Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death has left a major void in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while the likes of Shuri and M’Baku could end up stepping in as the new Black Panther, a redemption arc for Killmonger is another possibility.
During a recent interview with Sirius XM to promote his new movie, Without Remorse, Jordan was asked what the chances are – on a scale of 1-10 – that he’ll be part of Black Panther II. Unfortunately, unless he’s keeping a major secret (which is a possibility), it doesn’t sound like he’ll be returning to the MCU.
"I didn’t want to go with zero, you know what I mean? And it’s like, you know, never say never, you know, I can’t predict the future. So I mean, it’s ‘Black Panther 2’. The two, I just figured two would be like, two sounds okay, I guess…all I know is that they’re developing a script that, you know, is a reflection of a lot of circumstances and tragedy that we had to deal with this past year."
Marvel Studios has remained tight-lipped about plans for Black Panther II, but shooting is expected to begin later this year for a 2022 release. As a result, we’ll likely learn more about who the new lead will be soon; however, it’s important to note that Jordan looks set to be busy over the next couple of years as he steps behind the camera to take the helm of Creed III.
In our review of Without Remorse, we concluded by saying "Despite hitting a few too many familiar beats, Without Remorse is elevated by Michael B. Jordan and lays the groundwork for what could be a must-see new action franchise. Now, bring on a team-up with John Krasinski’s Jack Ryan."
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10. Monica Lynne
Nakia wasn’t the most interesting of love interests for T’Challa in the first Black Panther movie, so if Marvel Studios is looking to move on from her (don’t worry, we have some other ideas for how the character could be used), then Monica Lynne would be a great choice to fill that particular void.
In the comic books, Monica Lynne is a singer who saves the hero from drowning after he’s defeated by Erik Killmonger. She ultimately became his long-term love interest, and was involved in many of T’Challa’s adventures. If he doesn’t factor into the sequel, though, there are other ways Monica could be used. For example, why can’t she be a love interest for Shuri here instead?
That would be a groundbreaking move for Marvel Studios, and one which brings even more diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the possible new face of the Black Panther franchise.