Who Should be the Villain in the Black Panther Solo Film?

Posted: May 10, 2016 in Comic Book Breakdowns
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WARNING: Minor spoilers for Captain America: Civil War ahead.

Now that audiences finally got to see an amazing on-screen Black Panther, as well as a glimpse of the mysterious African nation known as Wakanda, during Captain America: Civil War, many have already begun looking ahead to the Panther’s solo film and wondering what we’ll see the king do next. Where will he go? What will he learn? More importantly (arguably), who will be T’Challa’s villain in 2018’s Black Panther? Here are my top 3 personal preferences:

1. Ulysses Klaw

We’ve already seen Klaw in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the way he was handled in that film perfectly sets up his role as a villain in Black Panther. In the comics, Klaw is traditionally depicted as being obsessed with vibranium and a wielder of a powerful sonic weapon, which is used to kill the former king of Wakanda, T’Chaka. While we won’t be able to see this version of the regicide in the MCU, it is still possible for Klaw to appear, due to his history with Wakanda and vibranium. The chances of him becoming a being of solid sound and speaking gibberish however, might be a bit slim.

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Might have a hard time seeing this happen… Image via marvunapp.com

2. M’Baku/The Man Ape

One of the better known Black Panther villains, M’Baku is the leader of a micronation within Wakanda’s borders, whose people make up the White Gorilla Cult (effectively making them enemies of the state, since Wakanda’s only governmentally sanctioned religion is that of the Black Panther Tribe).

M’Baku is one of the many Black Panther enemies plotting to overthrow T’Challa and take over Wakanda, and with his mystically gained superhuman strength and durability, coupled with Klaw’s cunning and technology (a team up that has happened in the past), could be an interesting first movie for the Black Panther.

3. N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonger

Out of the three characters on this list, I think N’Jadaka, also known as Killmonger, would probably the most interesting choice for a Black Panther solo film. Not only is he a deadly match, both physically and mentally, for T’Challa, but he also has experience establishing himself as ruler of Wakanda (after defeating the Black Panther in a one on one fight no less). This was also during a time when T’Challa was on one of his many Avengers missions, leaving Everett Ross (a character we’ve seen in Civil War) in charge. Rewrite the circumstances slightly, and the film about a disgraced king reclaiming his title would be another guaranteed money maker for Marvel.

Keep in mind that this list only includes villains that could be included in the first solo film. Future sequels always have the possibility of bringing in someone new, like the scorned Dora Milaje Malice, T’Challa’s older brother White Wolf, or Reverend Achebe.

Black Panther will arrive in theaters on February 16, 2018.

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