Warning: As the title suggests, there will be a lot of spoilers in this post. If you have not seen Black Panther yet and wish not to be spoiled, leave this page now and come back once you have seen this. Otherwise, enjoy this blog post!
If you checked out my blog post on Wednesday (link here), you will already know that I have seen (and loved) Black Panther. This is such an important film, and some of the most important moments come right at the end of the film. This discussion will centre around the two villains of this film, Killmonger and Klaw and those two end credit sequences, particularly the first one and the political messages that link to that.
To start off, let’s talk about Klaw and Killmonger. Marvel has been known to get everything perfect except one thing: their villains. This has changed in recent times, especially in 2017 with Vulture and Hela coming forward and having more depth, impact and threats to their name. In Black Panther, we don’t just get one great villain, we get two.
Klaw is pure unadulterated evil. He cares about nobody except himself. The introduction to Klaw with the shooting of the guard is fantastic. I particularly enjoyed when he went and let someone go to then shoot them, all for the sake of “making it look like an amateur’s work”. Klaw is threatening and nothing will get past him.
Killmonger might be the best villain the MCU has had since Loki in terms of character. His background story of his uncle being killed by King T’Chaka and wanting revenge is justifiable and heartfelt. What truly intimidates me about Killmonger is the markings on his skin. With each dot on his skin representing a death, it is shown that he isn’t a threat to be messed with. He has been waiting all this time for revenge and when he finally gets it, he attacks quickly.
That was one of the only flaws of this film, the second half was too rushed. I wanted more time with Killmonger as the King and to see what else he would do. The attack seemed too quick and rushed, I felt a little more time would have developed that storyline more and had more impact for the end battle.
I had heard one comparison in particular about the end battle with T’Challa and Killmonger which compares it to the battle sequence in Spider-Man 3. I cannot confirm or deny this as I haven’t seen SM3 but I really enjoyed the final battle, especially a lot of little nuances used throughout. This includes in particular Vibranium, something that is vital in this film and history of Wakanda, as well as the final moment before Killmonger’s death, where he gets a choice of life or death. His speech is powerful, and almost gets a redemption. It also shows T’Challa’s human side, that he showed in Black Panther. He will not kill unless necessary, and wants to see the good in everyone. This is a true sign of a hero.