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'Black Panther': Ryan Coogler reveals what happened to Killmonger's mom

Daveena Kataria Monday 07 May 2018

Ever since 'Black Panther' premiered earlier this year, many people have agreed that Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan, was one of Marvel's most charismatic villains to date. Now, ahead of the release of 'Black Panther' on digital platforms (8th May) in the US, director, Ryan Coogler has spoken out about Killmonger's mother.


On the Blu-Ray version of the film, set for release on 15th May Stateside, there'll be various commentaries from Coogler himself, in which he explains Killmonger's backstory. Before the events of the film, the prince of Wakanda, N'Jobu (Sterling K. Brown), brother to the Black Panther (Atandwa Kani), and uncle to T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman), was in love with Killmonger's mother, a woman from Oakland that changed his outlook on life. So in love was he, that N'Jobu wished Wakanda would help the outside world with its various technological advances.

At the beginning of 'Black Panther', we see N'Jobu and Zuri (Denzel Whitaker) planning something, and Coogler has revealed that "they're talking about a way to break her 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". Taking his words into account, Killmonger grew up without parents, having lost his dad to a disagreement with T'Challa's father.

Complicated makeup

The whereabouts of Killmonger's mother isn't the only thing on our minds, for we're also pretty curious as to how Michael B Jordan's scars were made. The actor tweeted a video on 4th May showing the complex process he underwent before shooting. In the film, each of Killmonger's scars represents a kill.

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