However, these two characters actually represent two opposing conceptions of black identity in the world. Killmonger is an allegory for African American pain and a hero for diasporic Africans. But, overall both of these characters are anti-heroes. During his time in the states he witnessed the oppression of his people such as mass incarceration and poverty He falls in love with an African American woman. Killmonger is left alone in the hoods of California to survive. In the military he severs the role of a tool to take down governments.
Note: Although this review avoids plot spoilers, it does discuss the thematic elements of the film at some length. After an animated introduction to the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, Black Panther opens in Oakland in This may seem an odd choice, but it is in fact quite apt. His filmmaking career has its roots there, too, as it was the setting for his debut feature, Fruitvale Station. A bunch of schoolboys a fictionalized young Coogler perhaps among them play pickup hoops on a court with a milk-crate basket.
They were young. They were black. They couldn't be ignored. Their ten-point platform was just the beginning of an unforgettable period in the history of this nation's civil rights movement.