In 2018’s Black Panther, we were introduced to one of Marvel’s best superheroes, T’Challa, the ruler of the hidden city of Wakanda, played by the remarkable Chadwick Boseman. The film also brought us a worthy villain in the form of Eric “Killmonger” Stevens, expertly played by Michael B. Jordan. It was a film that remains etched in our memories, whether someone is an MCU fan or not. And the same goes for Jordan, who is always willing to return to Black Panther 2 even though his character died at the end of the first instalment.
There have been rumours that as the Marvel bosses have decided that they won’t recast T’Challa post Boseman’s death, it means that someone else will rise to the throne in Black Panther 2 and that “someone” is going to be Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. But if the actor is to be believed, he has not been approached to reprise his role from the first film, though he has ensured that if he is indeed made the offer he is going to say yes.
“That’s something that is very, very near and dear to my heart for a lot of obvious reasons,” shared Michael B. Jordan, 33, with People. “[I] had a really tough year losing somebody close to me. And what that means for that franchise is it was devastating.”
Chadwick Boseman passed away in August 2020 after suffering from colon cancer since 2016. A gem of a person and a legendary actor, his untimely demise was a major blow to his fans and the world of cinema. And even though his loss can’t be forgotten, Michael B. Jordan wants to return to Black Panther 2, to the family he, Boseman, the other actors, and the film’s director created.
“But being in that world in a character that I loved playing, and working with [writer/director Ryan Coogler] and all that good stuff, it’s family. We created a family over there. So to be able to be in that world again is something that, I think, will always be on the table in some capacity,” he further added.
Though Michael B. Jordan has, more or less, confirmed that he has not been offered the role of Killmonger in Black Panther and even Kevin Feige has shot down the possibility as being “pure rumor and speculation,” it so does not mean that he is not a part of the film. Remember how Tatiana Maslany vehemently denied being cast as the lead in She-Hulk and then the news of her casting was made official? And she is not the only example as Marvel Studios likes to keep its developments under wraps until they are ready to make it official.