Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger had a complete journey in Black Panther, and if he were to return to the MCU it would risk ruining his original story.
Risk Warning Ahead!
In an interview with TikTok user @theoriesbyt, MCU star Michael B. Jordan hinted at the possibility of bringing his villainous Erik Killmonger back to MCU.
Here We Go Again: Back To MCU
Killmonger's story in Black Panther was so successful because he was a grounded and relatable antagonist. He's sympathetic yet unrelenting and challenges T'Challa's principles as well as physically.
Beat The Crap Outta T'Challa
Killmonger's motivations were clear and understandable, to the extent that Michael B. Jordan didn't see Killmonger as Black Panther's villain.
Not A Villain To Jordan's Eyes
Killmonger was the opposite of T'Challa, someone who was willing and eager to break the rules and put aside all morality in order to get what he wanted.
Killmonger's Way Is The Only Way
In that context, bringing him back and essentially letting him win would be a betrayal of T'Challa's legacy.
But Is He Coming Back Or Not?
The villain role for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has not been officially announced, it's rumored to introduce Namor the Sub-Mariner as the antagonist, rather than bring back Killmonger.
Namor the Sub-Mariner?
Killmonger's return could be easily explained, but not justified from a story perspective, bringing such an interesting Villain back from the dead is tempting, but his story is better to remain finished.
Not Gonna Happen?