I think it’s safe to say that Kilmonger was one of the most fascinating characters we’ve seen in the Marvel Universe. His thought process, his intentions, his determination made him someone you could empathize with. Less like a villain, his philosophies made him a catalyst for change.
With so many layers, while the film gave us incredible insights into his motivations, the bonus features on the Black Panther Blu Ray release are providing even more insight.
On the commentary track director and co-writer Ryan Coogler explains what happened to a woman we never see on the film, Erik “Killmonger” Sevens’ mother.
Before the action of the movie begins, N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown), the brother to the King of Wakanda, falls in love with a woman in Oakland. They have Erik. N’jobu’s love for this woman changes his mind about the plight of Black people outside of Wakanda and what should be done to help them.
At the beginning of the film, we watch as N’Jobu and a young version of Zuri (Denzel Whitaker) are working on some type of plan.
Coogler says, “The idea was when you see those guys talking over the paperwork in the beginning of the film, they’re talking about a way to break her [Erik’s mother] out of jail. The idea was they never got her out, and she passed away in prison, so Killmonger didn’t come up with a mom either.”
I would argue this history of his mother adds a bit more weight to his death is better than bondage line on several different levels.
Black Panther is available on digital download now and on disk May 15.