- The “Black Panther” character Erik Killmonger is such a compelling villain that #KillmongerWasRight was trending on Twitter after the film’s release.
- Many Twitter users expressed sympathy with Killmonger’s argument.
Michael B. Jordan’s turn as the “Black Panther” villain Erik Killmonger has earned praise from critics and fans alike as one of the most compelling supervillain performances in movie history since the film’s release last week.
What makes the plight of Killmonger so compelling for both critics and fans is the strength of his argument despite his violent methods. And the strength of Michael B. Jordan’s sympathetic performance as the character is also a major factor, as Business Insider’s Jason Guerrasio noted in his review of the film.
Many fans of the film have thus taken to Twitter after seeing “Black Panther” to voice their agreement with Killmonger’s argument against the seclusion of the film’s fictional African nation Wakanda, which is rich with resources and the precious metal Vibranium.
Here are some of the best #KillmongerWasRight tweets:
— Leroy The Lobster (@LeRoyTheLobster) February 16, 2018
— Brandon V. Fletcher (@stalkbrandon) February 16, 2018
"The best villains are the ones who have a point of view you can relate to," BLACK PANTHER cowriter Joe Robert Cole told me about the compelling adversary that has audiences tweeting #KillmongerWasRight https://t.co/QV7IkQ9dDc
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 21, 2018
Michael B Jordan was amazing as #Killmonger. T'Challa was so moved to make a difference after the events in the movie and it shows that #KillmongerWasRight . You can argue the way he went about it was extreme, but when you think about what a nation like Wakanda could do… pic.twitter.com/8uAhmJnSKE
— spoiler (@dumbassnerd) February 20, 2018
Many Twitter users that tweeted #KillmongerWasRight also disagreed with the character’s approach.
All I have to say is #killmongerwasright but his methods were wrong.
— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) February 17, 2018
Is it telling that all these people wanting a #KillmongerWasRight revolution don't find his violence against women and people he killed for the government disqualifying? #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/lwzAfRaI0V
— Rebecca Wanzo (@rawreader) February 19, 2018
However, Jordan’s performance is just one factor in an exceptional film that has taken the country and world by storm. “Black Panther” scored the second-highest four-day opening in US history with $US242 million earned domestically, and it stands at a 97% “Fresh” rating on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
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