While we were anticipating the magic of Wakanda at the start of Black Panther, the audience was first taken to Oakland, California, where we were introduced to N'Jobu (Sterling K. Brown) and a young Zuri (Denzel Whitaker) plotting a scheme that had to do with police and guns.
N'Jobu in 'Black Panther' (Photo: Marvel Studios)
N'Jobu, the father of the movie's antagonist, Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), was then killed by his brother, King T'Chaka, because he violated the laws of Wakanda by illegally trading in vibranium. Throughout the film, Killmonger was looking to avenge his father's death and also take over Wakanda, in a bid to help black people fight racism all over the world.
What is left unsaid throughout the movie, but was recently brought to light by the movie's director, Ryan Coogler, is that in the beginning, N'jobu and Zuri's plot was actually about breaking Killmonger’s mother out of prison.
In the movie's special Blu-Ray commentary, Ryan Coogler said:
"The idea was when you see those guys talking over the paperwork in the beginning of the film, they’re talking about a way to break her out of jail.
The idea was they never got her out, and she passed away in prison, so Killmonger didn’t come up with a mom either."
This new information paints Killmonger in a different light as his rage is even more understandable — he grew up with no parents and had to fend for himself his whole life. It also passes commentary on the reality of black people in America, as one in nine children grow up with at least one incarcerated parent.
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