Erik: Killmonger

August 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

For starters, I don’t know shit about comics. This is entirely based on happenings and characters in the 2018 Black Panther film. Second, I love a villain who is created by the heroes almost as much as an anti-villain created by villains (Char Aznable for President of Space).

On July 28th we hosted the 2018 GAAM Anime Show, which features a cosplay contest at the end of every event. A previous client and friend of mine, Mike, cosplayed as Killmonger. It was so spot-on and just begged for a shoot.

At the time of the Show I had only seen BP once and decided to re-watch it for material. Did it, then rode around town trying to pick places that may have a good, theatrical look.

During the ride I began to have a change of focus. There are two characters at play; Erik the man and Killmonger the mercenary. Instead of capturing the Killmonger and scenes we already know, why not visit the character and internal struggles we missed?

Erik could have enjoyed life so much more. Played some B-Ball, hung out with the other kids, grown into a respectable person who had an opportunity to become a benevolent king. Instead, he grew up in hatred of the man who killed his father. While aging he had to watch the life that could have been fade away. Erik has to read about Black Panther in the news or comics, knowing this respected “hero” -his father’s murderer- is still out there and that his home has abandoned him.

Killmonger has to exist re-living memories of events that never happened. He has to see Erik’s life and know it couldn’t be. He travels the world with intent to murder and has to know it could have been business trips, vacations with friends he never made, or hopping between Oakland and Wakanda to visit family and extended family. Killmonger hears about Black Panther via underground sources, knowing his target is still out there.

One had to live through his future fading away away while the other has to watch the present that could never be.

Hopefully you’ll appreciate the vision behind this. Not all of these images were 100% thought through, but if it gets you thinking then my job here is done.

BTW, did anyone else notice that it's always sunset in Wakanda? All the time. And if it ain't sunset, it's about to be. Great place for weddings I bet.


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