Marvel Studios’ Black Panther continues to surpass expectations. Earlier today it was reported that it hauled an impressive $192 million domestically, which is insane considering that this is a standalone film.
Without a doubt, the villain Erik “Killmonger” Stevens played by actor Michael B. Jordan, is one of audiences favorite aspects of the film. Some are even calling him the best MCU villain since Loki first appeared in Thor. With all this noise about his character, Jordan wanted to see audiences responses for himself. While at the All-Star Celebrity Game in Los Angeles he talked to Entertainment Tonight about how he snuck into opening night screenings to see audiences reactions:
“Honestly, everybody was laughing, they were yelling at the screen, you know what I’m saying? The gasps, the one-liners, everything was working so it was cool to see it with a normal audience — not at a premiere, not at a press junket. They were really engaged and interacting with the film, so it was good to see.”
With great films like Fruitvale Station and Creed in his resume (OK fine I will also mention Fantastic Four), Jordan was nervous about audiences’ reaction to his portrayal of a villain something that he had not done before:
“It is a little relaxing to know people are really liking the performance, [Playing the bad guy] was something I’d never really done before so I was anxious to see how it would play and if it worked… it felt good.”
A superhero is only a good as his villain and most audiences out there agree that Jordan’s Killmonger was a smash hit. What do you think of Jordan’s villain in Black Panther? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Source: Entertainment Tonight