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N'Jadaka
Black Panther Character Posters 09
Alias(es) Erik Stevens
Killmonger
Black Panther
Golden Jaguar
Prince N'Jadaka
King N'Jadaka
Appeared in Black Panther
Status Deceased
Actor Michael B. Jordan
"I lived my entire life waiting for this moment. I trained, I lied, I killed just to get here, I killed in America, Afghanistan, Iraq. I took life from my own brothers and sisters right here on this continent! And all this death, just so I could kill you."
―Erik Killmonger[src]

N'Jadaka was the son of the late N'Jobu and an american woman. He changed his name to Erik Stevens and sought revenge on his cousin T'Challa for his father T'Chaka's decision to kill N'Jobu. He also goes by the name Killmonger as a former Black-Ops soldier.

Biography

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Character traits

As a child, N'Jadaka had a happy life up until his father, N'Jobu was killed by his uncle T'Chaka (in a dishonorable manner).

As an adult, due to him growing up in the darkness alone, combined with him witnessing and learning about oppression towards people of African and African-American descent, N'Jadaka was an angry, violent, vengeful, cruel, unstable and ruthless individual.

Due to his training as a navy seal and black ops mercenary, killing became second nature to N'Jadaka, as he felt little to no remorse for killing his his enemies and allies alike, although his savagery made him a great warrior, he would have eventually destroyed Wakanda; as N'Jadaka's anger and hatred had consumed him, without the latter realizing it.

Although N'Jadaka was proud of his Wakandan heritage, proudly stating his birth name to the Wakandan elders, ironically he cared little about their traditions as can be witnessed when he remorselessly burnt the City of the Dead so there would be no new king, and was willing to break years of isolationism just so to wage wars by sending Vibranium across the world.

Despite his faults, N'Jadaka's main goal was to end oppression for people of African and African-American descent who he saw as his own people, not just the wakandans, his actions also had a deep impact on T'Challa, as the latter realizing that his father's strict adherence to Wakanda's isolationist traditions led to the birth of a monster like N'Jadaka, but rather than protecting their country from them, T'Challa chose to reveal Wakanda to the world, though to help others as a king rather than to conquer them like Killmonger would as a warmonger; despite this, T'Challa continued N'Jadaka's vision of Wakanda helping people of African and African-American descent across the world though by the use of outreach centers in peace, rather than rebelling against their oppression.

In his final moments, after being mortally wounded by T'Challa, N'Jadaka reflected on his decisions that brought him to Wakanda and realized that he was still only a young boy chasing the fairy tales his father told him. He was also brave in death and even complimented his cousin's killer move against him but refused to be healed due to wanting to die free like some of his oppressed ancestors did. Ultimately, as hate-filled as N'Jadaka was, he still found beauty in a Wakandan sunset that his father told him about so many times before dying peacefully.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Physiology: N'Jadaka powers come from ingested the Heart-Shaped Herb; that gave him the power of the "Black Panther".
    • Superhuman Strength: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's strength was immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; rivaling that of even a Super Soldier. He could fight Black Panther on equal grounds.
    • Superhuman Speed: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's speed was immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; rivaling that of even a Super Soldier.
    • Superhuman Stamina: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's stamina was immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; his musculature produces fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. N'Jadaka's body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing chemicals in his muscles, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity, greater than of normal humans.
    • Superhuman Durability: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's durability was immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; as he could take much more damage than a normal human. Even when not wearing his Golden Jaguar suit, he could survive blunt force trauma.
    • Superhuman Agility: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's agility was immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; becoming far greater than Olympic athletes. He could coordinate his body with perfect balance, equilibrium, flexibility, and dexterity. His movements were equivalent to that of an actual panther, being capable of crawl and climb through walls and leap great distances with accuracy.
    • Superhuman Reflexes: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's reflexes were immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; becoming superior to those of the finest athlete.
    • Superhuman Senses: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka's senses were immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; becoming superior to normal humans' senses.

Abilities

  • Master Martial Artist: Due to his years of combat and training as a Navy Seal and Black Ops mercenary, N'Jadaka was an extremely skilled martial artist, one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet. N'Jadaka's skill was great enough to best his paternal cousin, T'Challa, in their first confrontation, proving to be more than a match for the latter, a world class trained and proficient combatant whose skill rivaled that of the Winter Soldier's. After drinking the Heart-Shaped Herb, N'Jadaka became even more formidable, to the point that while wearing the Golden Jaguar suit, he could overpower many members of Dora Milaje and Nakia respectively. Even in his second/final confrontation against T'Challa, who had regained his superhuman powers and was wearing his Black Panther suit; although two cousins were initially evenly matched, but just like before; T'Challa was still no match for N'Jadaka.
  • Multilingual: N'Jadaka was capable of fluently speaking English and Xhosa.

Equipment

  • Golden Jaguar suit: As Golden Jaguar, N'Jadaka wore a upgraded version of the Black Panther suit (shortly after he had dethroned his paternal cousin, T'Challa; becoming the new king of Wakanda) like Captain America's shield, it is lightweight, nindestructible, and renders him immune to most physical damages, especially from collisions and conventional firearms. The Golden Jaguar suit is made from Wakandan nanotechnology that is emitted from a ceremonial golden necklace worn by the user, able to mentally command the suit to manifest around themselves. The suit can emit stored kinetic energy as an omnidirectional concussive wave to repel opponents close to the wearer, and can be used to propel the wearer off a surface.
  • Wakandan Royal Ring: N'Jadaka possessed a royal ring that symbolize his possession as the prince, later the king of Wakanda. The ring was obtained by N'Jadaka from his father, N'Jobu, after his death.
  • Kimoyo Beads: The Kimoyo beads are pieces of advanced Wakandan technology used by N'Jadaka to to communicate and control any system they're interfaced with; such as prepared the shipments of Wakandan weapons to be distributed to operatives around the world, so they may spread it to other people of African descent.

Relationships

Appearances/Actors

  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (1 film)

Behind the scenes

  • Michael B. Jordan noted the character's dreadlocks hairstyle was a way "to stay true to the original character ('s long hair) as much as possible and make it as modern as we could".
  • Jordan stated that Kilmonger is "very strategic, thoughtful. He's very patient. Very well skilled, trained to a T. He works very hard, and he feels what he's doing is right".
  • Jordan compared Killmonger and T'Challa's relationship to the X-Men characters Magneto and Professor X.
  • Khalid Ghajji and Aaron Toney were stunt doubles for Michael B. Jordan in the role of Erik Killmonger.

Trivia

  • In the comics, Erik Killmonger, originally known as N'Jadaka, was a Wakandan native who was exiled after his father was forced to work for Ulysses Klaue and attempted to overthrow T'Challa from the throne upon his return.
  • Killmonger's bumpy, ritualistic tribal markings on his chest and torso resemble the scar tattoos of the Mursi and Surma tribes.
  • N'Jadaka, Surtur, Helmut Zemo and Loki are the only villains whose plans were successful to any extent, as N'Jadaka managed to fulfill his desire to end Wakanda's isolation from the world at large, as well as to share his nation's resources and technology with the rest of the world to help people of African descent who are being oppressed, even at the cost of his own life.
  • Killmonger's armor costume resemblance Vegeta's armor from Dragon Ball Z. Michael B. Jordan is a fan of anime shows like Naruto and Bleach.

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