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15 Killmonger Details That Prove He's Marvel's Most Complicated Villain

Updated February 5, 2021 9.2k votes 1.4k voters 282.3k views16 items

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Killmonger was one of the MCU's best villains. A great performance with an great backstory, these little details fans noticed from Black Panther give us even more to appreciate. Director Ryan Coogler packed Black Panther and Killmonger's character with a ton of extra details that fans somehow noticed, and we're glad they did. 

Take a look below and vote up the most interesting details about Erik Killmonger. Show some love for one of the best MCU villains below!

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    Killmonger And T'Challa End Their Spiritual Journeys In The Same Tragic Way

    From Redditor u/tastycrackers:

    In Black Panther, T'Challa and Killmonger each revisit their father's death after drinking the heart-shaped herb. Both flashbacks end with the boys helplessly cradling and rocking their dead fathers. After this point in their lives, one became vengeful while the other became benevolent.

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    Prince N’Jobu Checks To See If His Son Got Away

    From Redditor u/salamanca2792:

    In the very beginning of Black Panther when Prince N’Jobu looks out the window after he and Zuri hear noises, he is looking to see if his son (Killmonger) is safe and not if there is a raid about to happen.

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    The Symbolism In His Weapon Of Choice

    From Redditor u/Azelic:

    In the fight for the throne in Black Panther (2018), Killmonger chose to fight with a spear and a sword whereas T’Challa fought with a spear and a shield. This symbolizes Killmonger’s imperialistic goals vs T'Challa’s “fight when necessary.”

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    Pattern Scarification Is A Tradition From The Kaningara Of Papua New Guinea

    Michael B. Jordan revealed he got the inspiration for Killmonger to bear scars from Denzel Washington in Glory. However, the final product bears the weight of tradition. From Redditor raggingmuppet:

    Pattern scarification is actually a tradition from the Kaningara of Papua New Guinea. Some African tribes did similar patterns as well, or plain scarification too. 

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