One interesting thing about Black Panther is the villain of the film. While Black Panther shows Wakanda and the culture as something that we as a people strive to be, Killmonger is also representation of us as we are now. He is both the best and the worst of us. When it was stated that Killmonger has real world sensibilities, it meant that Killmonger is actually the voice of those that have been oppressed trying to be noticed by those who have not experienced oppression and poverty. This actually brings a “Tale of Two Cities” element to the Black Panther film.
One interesting thing is that Killmonger not only represents the audience members, particularly those that have come from a history with oppression, he is also one who represents the person who has the knowledge and the skills needed to gain some of the riches from a thriving group with the intentions of spreading it out to others who have been oppressed. It also shows the perception of those who have waited it out and have had enough.
One thing that can be said about oppression is that the oppressors are not necessarily going to have a change of heart. At some point, the oppressed realize that they are going to have to go out and take the type of freedom that they want for themselves. This is one thing that Killmonger has attempted to do. While people have fought for Wakanda, Killmonger has fought for the people in the rest of the world. One thing that can be said about Killmonger is that he is truly a tragic and heartbreaking character in the film’s narrative.