Michael B. Jordan Is a ‘Black Panther’ Encyclopedia
In Black Panther, the titular hero is played by Chadwick Boseman, but it might be his cinematic adversary who knows more about his character. When we sat down with the cast of the new Marvel movie and started asking questions about the Wakandan king T’Challa, it was Michael B. Jordan, who plays villain Erik Killmonger, who knew the most comic book history about his onscreen foe.
Need proof? Ask Jordan who Black Panther is and he won’t just say “the king of Wakanda,” he’ll say that he “fought Captain America throughout Marvel comic history.” Ask him if the hero has superpowers and he’ll respond, “Yeah, he does. He takes a Heart-Shaped Herb; it gives him super strength, a lot of cat-like qualities. Pretty cool.” Ask him whether T’Challa or Cap is stronger and the answer is: “They’re the same, but Black Panther edged out Captain America in almost every battle that they had throughout Marvel history.” He even has an excellent argument for who would win in a battle between T’Challa and Wolverine. Sure, some of his intel may have been in the script, but there’s no denying Jordan is an encyclopedia of Wakandan knowledge.
But that’s just the beginning of the fun facts in this Google Autocomplete interview. Watch the video above to find out whether Boseman has siblings, how many languages Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) speaks, and which member of the cast is good at karaoke. (Hint: It’s the one who once played a famous soul singer.)