People who have seen Black Panther know Killmonger’s fate in the film. However, there is one thing that may come as a surprise to people. It is that the creative team behind the film have never considered giving Killmonger a different fate. One of the most interesting things about the MCU is that it is not known for having strong memorable villains. The only villains that are memorable are Loki, The Winter Soldier, and Killmonger. Two of them have lived on to become new protagonists. Killmonger has suffered a different fate leaving the audience with a haunting line.
One of the best things about Killmonger is that he is not the typical villain. Instead, he is simply against the ways of Wakanda which has conducted itself as a separatist culture. Killmonger was not only angry that his father was killed and he was abandoned by his own, but that he identifies with the people who have suffered simply because of Wakanda’s way of abandonment. Therefore, when he had the chance, his goal was to bring forth all of the technology from Wakanda as a means of overthrowing all of the oppressors. In the end, his intentions were noble to the point that T’Challa has decided in the end to honor Killmonger.
One thing about Killmonger’s death is that it was always planned from the first draft. One thing that was communicated with his death is that T’Challa and Killmonger could not coexist. For one thing, it was not just the philosophical differences they were having to deal with, it was the methodical differences as well. Another thing to consider is that Killmonger was too far gone to change.