As always, the Marvel Studios presentation at San Diego Comic-Con International was a pretty big deal. Previewing all what’s to come for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future for those lucky enough to make into the much lauded Hall H.
Not just as surprising news made at the Marvel Studios panel, but long standing rumors confirmed. In the case of Black Panther, it confirmed that Michael B. Jordan will be playing the film’s villain, Erik Killmonger. If ever there was someone destined to be a supervillain, its someone born with Killmonger in their name. Killmonger in the comics made his debut back in Jungle Action #6 in September 1973 by Don McGregor and Rich Buckler. He is an expertly trained fighter that puts him on a physical level with Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther as well as mentally.
Also confirmed is Lupita Nyong’o’s role as Nakia, a mutated Wakandan who once allied with Killmonger and sometimes thought of as a possible wife for T’Challa. She later became the villain Malice. She debuted in Jungle Action #8 by McGregor and Buckler as well.
Now for the unexpected news of the evening is that Michonne herself from The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira will be joining the movie as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, the all-female personal bodyguards of whoever serves as king or queen of Wakanda. Nakia herself is a former member of the Dora Milaje. Both Okoye and the Dora Milaje debuted at the beginning of Christopher Priest’s legendary run on Black Panther.
Black Panther was also confirmed on panel to start filming in January 2017.
Black Panther is being directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler and opens in theaters on February 16, 2018.