Michael B. Jordan discusses his process for preparing to play villain Erik Killmonger for the upcoming Marvel film ‘Black Panther’:
“Marvel’s Black Panther pounces into UK cinemas in less than two weeks, and while Marvel Cinematic Universe films always come highly anticipated, there’s an extra fervour around director Ryan Coogler’s instalment. With a majority-black cast and a striking afrofuturist aesthetic, Black Panther will be the world’s first mainstream black superhero movie. Buzz already suggests it’s going to boom at the box office.
The first screening reactions are trickling onto social media after the US premiere – spoiler: it’s apparently very good – and early word suggests that Michael B. Jordan’s mysterious villain Erik Killmonger could be Marvel’s best since Loki. Empire caught up with the actor to talk about collaborating with Coogler for a third time, working with T’Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman, and why stepping into a villain role took him to ‘a dark place’.
Originally published: 1/30/2018