Black Panther’s Killmonger is a great villain partially because he’s three-dimensional. His motivations genuinely make sense, and his complicated, tragic backstory makes him a sympathetic character, too.
On the commentary for the Black Panther Blu-Ray, director Ryan Coogler adds another detail to that backstory. We already knew that Killmonger’s mother wasn’t Wakandan — N’Jobu, Killmonger’s father, met her in Oakland — but it wasn’t clear what happened to her.
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According to Coogler, when N’Jobu and a young Zuri are conversing at the beginning of the film, just before King T’Chaka arrives, they’re actually trying to find a way to break Killmonger’s mother out of prison. It’s a mission that never came to fruition. Read more…More about Film, Marvel, Black Panther, Killmonger, and Entertainment