Erik Killmonger is a male comic supervillain that features in Marvel Comics.
It was said that his father was a nobleman of Wakanda. (Killmonger v1 #2)
Afterwards, Klaue took the boy to South America where he named him Erik and decided to raise him to be an outlaw to serve him. (Killmonger v1 #2) Whilst in America, he learnt much of the criminal ways of his comrade M'Demwe who he later killed after being taught to be a murderer. (Killmonger v1 #1)
While at MIT, he saw the news when Wakanda under King T'Challa revealed the existence of the advanced nation to the world with Erik sensing this as an opportunity to return to his country. (Rise of the Black Panther v1 #3)
Upon graduating, he was widely sought out by various sectors of industry with Erik refusing as he claimed he desired his freedom to make his own choice of work rather than take the lowest paid form of employment. He then departed to Harlem in New York City where he began tracking Ulysses Klaw in order to kill him. He attempted to kill Klaw but was stopped by a woman named Knight. After being apprehended, he was introduced to the Kingpin who ordered his subordinate King to kill the young man. At first complying, King however felt there was potential in Erik and decided to recruit him into their team that worked missions for the Kingpin. (Killmonger v1 #1) They were sent to execute a group of people that had displeased Wilson Fisk with them succeeding on the assignment. However, Fisk came to be displeased by them and decided to pit them against his top enforcer Bullseye. King knew instantly that they were set up and though he initially agreed to the assignment in reality he intended for his crew to quickly escape. Before the could do so, they were tracked by Bullseye who killed Rook and targeted the rest of the team. (Killmonger v1 #2) They barely escaped with their lives as King decided to disband the group as they now could not operate in Kingpin's territory. Erik departed with Knight as the pair slept with one another as he wanted her to stay by his side. He was later captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. who had formed a deal with Knight whose real name was Patricia Jackson with them wanting her to betray King to them. (Killmonger v1 #3)
Personality and attributes
As a young man, he was known to sleep with white women but came to resent them as he saw the West as colonizers. This stemmed from his childhood where his accomplice that took him in taught him to hate outsiders and not trust anyone not of Wakanda. (Killmonger v1 #1)
Powers and abilities
From his ally Sombre, he gained access to a mysterious device known as the Resurrection Altar located in Wakanda's Land of Chilling Mist. The device had crashed to Earth long ago and bathed those within it with quasar energies that could bring the dead back to life and even impart them powers. (Jungle Action v2 #12)
- Erik Killmonger was created by Don McGregor and Rich Buckler where he made his first appearance in Jungle Action v2 #6 (September, 1973).
- In Infinity Wars: Ghost Panther v1 (2018), an alternate world was created when Gamora using the Infinity Stones used its powers to merge various individuals with one another leading to Erik Killmonger being merged with Killraven to become Erik Killraven. In the merged setting, he was an inhabitant of Earth when it came under attack from the Martians who managed to conquer much of the world with the exception of Wakanda. His mother taught him of Wakanda to instil in him notions of freedom but this led to the young Erik resending the nation for surviving conquest. During these years, he was captured and experimented on by the Martians who used him in gladiatorial combat. This was until he managed to escape alongside other gladiatorial slaves who formed the Freemen.
In other media
- In Black Panther, the character starred as the primary antagonist who was known as Eric Stevens who appeared in the live-action film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he was portrayed by actor Michael B. Jordan. He was the son of an American woman and N'Jobu who was a prince of Wakanda and King T'Chaka's younger brother. His father was sent to America as a spy where he came to believe that black people were oppressed and intended to start a revolution. The family lived in an area in Oakland, California in the United States of America. To accomplish that, he began selling black market Vibranium as he intended to spread it around the world as a weapon leading to a confrontation with his brother where he was killed after it was revealed he was a traitor. Though aware of Eric's existence, King T'Chaka left the boy behind in America as he felt that bringing his slain brothers child would create chaos in Wakanda. A young Eric came into his apartment to find his father dead and swore revenge as he knew of his family heritage despite never having gone to Wakanda. When he grew up, he enlisted as an American black-ops soldier where he treated warfare as a game and racked up a large number of kills to the point that his nickname was Killmonger. This was all to prepare him for an eventual challenge for the throne of Wakanda.
- In Marvel: Future Fight, Erik Killmonger appeared as a playable fighter in the mobile video game where he was based on the MCU version.
- In Marvel: Contest of Champions, Erik Killmonger appeared as a playable fighter in the mobile video game where he was based on the MCU version.
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