Black Panther 2 Writer Explains Surprise MCU Cameo Significance
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever co-writer Joe Robert Cole explains the significance of the MCU film’s surprise cameo and its thematic ties.
Warning: Spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Aheadone of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s co-writers have opened up about the thematic reasons that surprised the Marvel Cinematic Universe cameo. During the movie “Dark Night Of The Soul”, after the death of her mother, Queen Ramonda, Shuri successfully recreates the heart-shaped herb that grants her the abilities of the Black Panther, as well as a journey to the ancestral plane, where he meets her. for the surprise reappearance of Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger. Here, he challenges Shuri’s intentions and tries to goad her down the path of revenge. In a moment of strength, and with last-minute advice from her mother Ramonda from the Ancestral Plane, in the film’s final act, Shuri chooses mercy and lets Namor live, choosing to forge an alliance with the Talokan leader.
In an interview with rolling rock, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Co-writer Joe Robert Cole opens up about why Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger was brought back to the MCU. Cole said that he always wanted Jordan to return and that his return would occur on the Ancestral Plane, tying Shuri’s vulnerability to revenge and Killmonger’s hunger to avenge their ancestors together. Read Cole’s comments on Killmonger’s return below:
“We’ve always wanted Michael to come back, and I feel like it was always going to be in the ancestral plane with Shuri taking the potion. The question was always how, how do you achieve what I think you’re talking about. ? How do you do more than just, Is everyone excited because Michael is awesome and the character is awesome? How is that relevant to Shuri’s journey and becomes a reference point for her character? So if you think about it, [in the first movie] his journey was also about revenge, anger and frustration. That’s part of what we tried to be with her from the beginning, the anger of losing someone, the sense of loss. And then how losing his mother would increase his feelings of wanting revenge. We just tried to build on that, so he presents her with a choice between: Will she go in the direction that Killmonger would go? Or will you do something different? The idea was to successfully build the stakes for it so that it would resonate. So he would feel earned that she felt this way [yearning for] revenge But one thing I also really liked about the Killmonger scene we found was his take on how Wakanda changed. Killmonger entered and spoke with the question of: Am I my brother’s keeper? And how Wakanda hadn’t looked to the world. Here you have Ramonda the Queen, who is the diametric opposite—she was much more isolationist than T’Challa—saving RiRi, this African-American teenager. There is an argument that before Killmonger this might not have happened. So we were able to make that scene not only relevant to Shuri’s character, but also to the nation of Wakanda.
Why MCU fans are obsessed with Killmonger
Jordan’s Killmonger has remained one of the most likable villains in the MCU since his introduction in Black Panther. While radical in execution, his intent to bring justice to those who enslaved and exploited black people around the world is a mission statement that audiences could get behind, making him a complex villain that some could mistaking as an anti-hero. Cole’s point that Killmonger’s complexity comes from his desire to be his brother’s keeper with a sword instead of a shield will surely ring true for many audiences.
What could Black Panther 3 be about
Audiences aren’t likely to have seen the end of Shuri’s struggle between forgiveness and revenge, and the MCU gets a chance to complicate things in fun ways. The end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever saw Namor somewhat challenged by Namora as she expressed her disappointment at his defeat, although Namor reiterates the fact that they and Wakanda are allies, possibly implying that his desire to go to war is far from over to have disappeared a third Black Panther he could see Namor continuing his radical mission, with Shuri by his side or the rest of the world to finish the job, something Killmonger would argue he didn’t do when he showed mercy to Namor.
Jordan’s Killmonger was a strong, layered villain, and his return, while shocking, tied in thematically exceptionally well. As Cole pointed out, Shuri’s desire to see the world burn after the loss of her brother was something that was established early on, only to be fueled by Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Beat “All Is Lost”, when Shuri ends up losing her mother. Grief is a subject that the Black Panther The franchise has visited twice so far, and seeing pain visited a third time would not only not be surprising, but would be an opportunity for the MCU to make an emotional third installment to tug at the audience’s heartstrings.
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