Angela Bassett and her husband Courtney B. Vance came for Tom Holland’s throne of Marvel spoilers this week by dropping the bomb that Michael B. Jordan will return in Black Panther 2. If you saw the first movie, you know that Jordan is easily the most compelling character (Even Chadwick Boseman thinks Erik Killmonger was right.) so this move makes sense in that regard. However, there’s the not small detail of him — SPOILER ALERT — getting stabbed right to death.
Naturally, Killmonger’s fate presents a hurdle when it comes to bringing him back for a sequel. So I’ve laid out the ways Jordan can return — from super obvious to my own banana-f*cking-balls theory that might not be so crazy.
T’Challa Talks To Dead People
When I said super obvious just a few words back, I wasn’t joking. In the first Black Panther, we learn that T’Challa has the ability to enter the Ancestral Plane, where he can commune with the dead. So there’s a giant, gaping opening right there. Killmonger could act as an Obi-Wan figure, but with way better advice than, “You should totally run off into space with me to find this Leia chick you very clearly have the hots for. That won’t get weird at all.”
It’s A Comic Book Movie
This next explanation is practically tied for first with “The main character talks to the freakin’ dead” because it’s about as simple as it gets. Black Panther is a comic book movie about a secret African civilization that harvests a magic meteor to create highly advanced if not downright magical technology. Hell, the main character practically dies, and his girlfriend’s all like, “Here, drink this flower filled with space shit or whatever,” and he’s totally fine. So it’s not like this franchise, and the entire Marvel universe, in general, isn’t sloppy with ways to wave away death.
“Erik, how have you returned?”
“Aliens, cuz. Surprised to see me?”
“Eh, there was like a whole bunch here the other day. I turned into dust!”
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Goes Way Overboard
Because I have a limited bag of tracks, I’ve repeatedly joked that Avengers: Endgame is going to reverse so many deaths that it’ll bring back people who didn’t even die in Infinity War. Well, look what we’re already talking about.
As Killmonger slowly dies while looking out at Wakanda, he refuses T’Challa’s offer to heal him and instead delivers a badass set of instructions that are completely fitting with his character: “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships because they knew death was better than bondage.” And while that line is dope as hell, it may have hinted at a major character finally arriving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
For those you of who venture outdoors and haven’t grown to fear the sun, I’ll make this easy: Namor is basically Marvel’s Aquaman. He also has a history of warring with Wakanda, so Killmonger could have very easily duped T’Challa into plopping his body in the sea so his merman buddy can heal him with ocean magic, or some shit. Because, again, Black Panther is a comic book movie, and this exact kind of shenanigans is peak comic book.
Also, I’m pretty sure Marvel would love to take a crack at Aquaman’s success. “Oh, you call that an aquatic adventure? Hold our beer.”
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