Marvel Comics have been trying to be as synonymous as possible to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it really started to blow up in pop culture earlier this decade. The integration of MCU characteristics into the comics universe has brought some division amongst readers. Some think this makes it easy for new readers to join the club while others crave for what was originally there. Regardless of this debate, Marvel is showing no plans in slowing down for a new mini-series focusing Black Panther foe Erik Killmonger has just been announced.
The five part mini-series simply titled Killmonger is slated for a December release. Writer Bryan Edward (What If? X-Men, Detective Comics) is teaming up with artist Juan Ferreyra (Green Arrow, Old Man Logan) to breathe new life into Killmonger’s origin.
Vulture was able to sit down with Edward to break down what this mini-series is going to be all about. The MCU undoubtedly blew up Killmonger’s name this year within Black Panther. Edward had the following to say when asked what approach he was going to take coming off the popularity of the film.
I didn’t want to just recap what we had heard in his mythology. I wanted to explore the choices and the failures that lead a person to dedicate their life to revenge, and how that happens. Because with Erik, I feel like it’s really a tragedy. It’s a story of a guy who was failed a lot by Wakanda in certain ways, by the people he met outside of Wakanda, by his own conscience in other ways, and I wanted to paint a portrait of that.
The prospect of this book already sounds like a big seller, especially this year when the MCU is now more popular than ever. Even though Killmonger left a huge impression on audiences earlier this year, no one will deny that there is a craving for more. The interview did not end before Edward could tease some story details in the mini-series.
I can say that the events of the stories, for the most part, begin with Erik graduating from MIT. Like all stories, it begins with him having a fork in the road in front of him. He’s a young man who could have a successful and peaceful life if he could just put away his desire for revenge. In this case, he’s really focused on (villain Ulysses) Klaw and the men that took him from Wakanda, and also punishing Wakanda itself for its failures. We begin the story with him making that choice to step away from one potential future and step into another that speaks to more of his darker nature.
Anyone who has seen Black Panther can see the heavy influence it already has on this book. Do you think this book will be a big seller? Will it finally win over long time comic readers who dislike the constant inclusion of MCU characteristics? Let us know on our social media and you can pick up Killlmonger #1 on December 5!