Black Panther was a monumental success with both critics and fans. as well as taking in over $1 billion at the box office. While Marvel has taken much criticism on the villains appearing in their shared universe, Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger has done much to change the lackluster villain label. One reason for this could be how deep Jordan gets into his characters. Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jordan revealed he keeps a diary for each character he plays and that Killmonger’s was darker than most.
“I write journals for every character that I have, from the earliest memory up until the first page of the script. For me, it just kind of gives you context. For [Killmonger], his was particularly dark. It was a very sad journal, not having his mom growing up, [being] in and out of the system [in] foster care, foster homes and whatnot.”
Getting into the mindset of a character has long been crucial to delivering great performances. Putting thought an effort into the backstory had to be a big part of what made Killmonger such a great villain. This practice of keeping a diary likely allowed Jordan to explore his character in depth and better understand his motivations. Jordan has cemented himself as one of the MCU’s best villains to date, and with his acting methods, he is sure to bring us more great characters in the future.
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Source: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (via CBR)