One of the numerous aspects that have turned Marvel’s Black Panther into the cultural phenomenon that it has become is the soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album curated by Grammy Award-winning rapper, Kendrick Lamar.
Lamar, the acclaimed rapper behind good kid, m.A.A.d city, To Pimp a Butterfly and DAMN. teamed up with numerous hip hop artists in creating an album that featured tracks inspired by the themes explored in Black Panther. This resulted into the album hitting #1 at the U.S. Billboard 200.
Along with his musical contributions, Lamar finds himself drawn to the film – particularly with the film’s main antagonist, Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (Michael B. Jordan). During an appearance on BBC Radio 1, Lamar revealed that if he were to appear as an actor in a Black Panther sequel, he’d like to play a similar type of character:
“I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk]. He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger, for sure.”
Much of the themes explored in Black Panther: The Album showcase the points-of-view from both Killmonger and T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). Lamar as well as the album’s various artists found a way to showcase those themes expertly – similar to how Ryan Coogler explored the nuances of Killmonger expertly in the film itself.
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Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis and John Kani.
“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
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Source: BBC Radio 1
10 Marvel Villains Who Should Appear In The ‘Black Panther’ Sequel
Marvel’s Black Panther is still taking the box office by storm, but that isn’t stopping people from talking about what they want from the sequel. King T’Challa and the rest of Wakanda’s most interesting characters are set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, but that movie will focus on Thanos and the Infinity Gems instead of seeing how Black Panther’s world has evolved. Not only does the Black Panther sequel have to follow up on multiple plot points hanging around on this movie, but it also needs to introduce new villains for T’Challa and his advisers to take on.
In order for him to continue growing and become more comfortable in his leadership position, T’Challa needs to be challenged in unique ways. Part of what made Killmonger such a unique villain is that he had a personal motivation that directly challenged T’Challa’s world view, and that idea can easily be replicated and expanded upon for the sequel. Black Panther has a very specific perspective on the world, and all of these villains will come in and force him to look at things in a different way as well as challenge him physically.
Hit Next to discover which Marvel villains should appear in the Black Panther sequel.