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I will show the world Wakanda's true face... and they will kneel before us in fear. So swears Erik Killmonger.
~ Erik Killmonger
Your line of descent ends with you, and you'll take nothing from me ever again!
~ Erik Killmonger to Black Panther about to throw him off the waterfall
Erik Killmonger is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. He served as one of the main antagonists of the Black Panther comic book series and is an enemy of King T'Challa. He is one of three archenemies of Black Panther (the others being Klaw and Man-Ape).
A native of Wakanda, he was born under the name N'Jadaka. When Ulysses Klaw and his mercenaries attacked Wakanda, they press-ganged N'Jadaka's father into helping them; when Klaw was defeated, the father died and his family was exiled. N'Jadaka ended up in Harlem, New York, nursing a hatred against the supervillain and T'Challa, the king who had exiled him. He changed his name to Erik Killmonger and studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, desperate to avenge his father's death.
He eventually contacted King T'Challa and was repatriated back to Wakanda, settling in a village that would later change its name to N'Jadaka Village in his honor. He became a subversive, with dreams of ridding Wakanda of what he termed "white colonialist" cultural influences and return it entirely to its ancient ways. He then took advantage of the Black Panther's frequent absences in America with the Avengers to stage a coup d'état, along with Baron Macabre. He was defeated and killed, until the Mandarin claimed his body. Using his rings, the Mandarin was able to amplify the Resurrection Altar and restore him to life. Killmonger returned to his lover and ally, Madam Slay and the two plotted to kill the Black Panther and return Wakanda to its ancient ways.
While Tony Stark visited Wakanda, Madam Slay drugged Jim Rhodes and took him prisoner. Killmonger appeared to have killed the Black Panther, and blamed Rhodes and Stark, convincing the Wakandans that he could lead them to vengeance. The Black Panther returned, revealing that he had faked his death using an LMD. The Black Panther defeated Killmonger. The Mandarin recalled his ring, and Killmonger reverted to an inanimate skeleton. Killmonger's followers resurrected him again and he would clash with T'Challa on several other occasions.
Powers and Abilities
Enhanced Physiology: Erik Killmonger is a tremendously huge and powerful man with the course of his many resurrections, had been resuscitated through a great many supernatural means. Routes of which had distilled in him incredible augmentations that made him all the more powerful than he already was. Later on, thanks to the intake of the Heart-Shaped Herb which put him in a coma, Killmonger now boasts enhancements that gives the Black Panther their powers. Adding to his already superhuman sense and augmented physical abilities once upon awakening. His lifting capability exceeded that of T'Challa's previous baseline (over 900lbs). Easily able to topple an adult male bull elephant with his bear hands.
Master Martial Artist: Killmonger is a highly skilled hand to hand combatant and martial artist. He is sufficiently skilled enough to best the Black Panther in physical combat on many occasions. He has also fought against other highly skilled fighters such as Daredevil and Deadpool.
Weapons Mastery: Erik is highly proficient with various types of firearms and bladed weapons.
High-level Intellect: Erik is an incredibly gifted mind rivaling that of T'Challa. Having an innate understanding of Industry, Politics, Genetics and Technical Design, he has PhD in Engineering and an MBA from M.I.T. possessing engineering abilities and intellect that makes him a peer to a great many of the greatest minds on the planet. Proving to be able to invent and create weaponry that rivals near any of the greatest minds engineering capabilities. Killmonger is also a revolutionary leader, well-known to all Wakandans, and even supported by a few. The village he grew up in has even been renamed N'jadaka Village. His radicallist charisma, his mastery of various bodies of knowledge be it social, engineering or politics, and his tactical cunning.
Wakandan Armor: His uniform is studded with spikes that injected poisons into his opponents. He would later design even heavier set armor to match the design of T'Challa's Thrice Blessed Armor he uses when confronting stronger enemies. Which comes equipped with a polarization field able to hit metallic objects with differing magnetic polarities.
Wrist Bands: Killmonger sports a pair of Wakandan designed wristbands which are heavily weaponized with a host of unique gadgets and munitions. Containing energy blasters, buzz saws, hidden blades, and communication devices with LCD displays.
Vibrainium Panther Pendant: Erik wore this necklace as protection against energy attacks which he made in the event Klaw would attempt to double cross him.
Panther Habit (formerly): During his brief time as the Black Panther and king of Wakanda. Erik Killmonger donned a habit of his own, which still utilized many of his own hand made weapons designs.
Guns/Firearms: Erik has used many firearms such as pistols, shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and high tech basters.
Bladed weapons: Erik has made use of different bladed weapons such as knives, machetes, swords, axes, and spears.
Erik "Killmonger" Stevens appears as the main antagonist of the 2018 film Black Panther. This version is a former American black-ops soldier turned revolutionary named Erik Stevens, who earned the nickname "Killmonger". He was portrayed by Michael B. Jordan (as his first villain role in his acting career). Killmonger is set to appear in the what if series.
In Other Media
Killmonger appears in the TV show Avengers: Black Panther's Quest as the main antagonist.
Killmonger appears in the videogames Marvel: Contest of Champions, Marvel Future Fight, Lego Marvel Adventures, and Marvel Super Heroes 2.