Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki

Anything and everything related to Venom and other recent media not released by Marvel Studios is under the Editing Moratorium Policy until further notice.

READ MORE

Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki
Advertisement
Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki
For alternate versions of Erik Killmonger, see Erik Killmonger's Character Hub
I request elaboration.png
"I request elaboration."
This article is a stub. You can help Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki by expanding it.
Please expand this article. Once finished, this notice may be removed.

"Why wear the uniform of your own oppressors? Fight for them? Die for them?"
"Kid, you've gotta be part of the system to change the system."
"Nah. You can burn it down."
―Erik Killmonger and James Rhodes[src]

Prince Erik Stevens, born N'Jadaka and also known as Killmonger, is a United States Navy SEAL of Wakandan decent who sought to start a war between the United States of America and Wakanda. Killmonger rescued Tony Stark from a Ten Rings attack in Afghanistan, which allowed him to earn Stark's trust, only to eventually betray him and carry out his plan. This led to a war between Wakanda and America, during which Killmonger was recruited by The Watcher for the Guardians of the Multiverse, being brought out of his home universe in order to battle Ultron. The team fought the A.I, and after its defeat, Killmonger attempted to gain the Infinity Stones. However, the Ultron body, now controlled by Arnim Zola, attempted to gain them as well. Both Killmonger and Zola were then trapped in a time bubble by Doctor Strange, locked in a pocket dimension for eternity.

Biography

Early Life

Losing his Father

Erik Stevens was born in Oakland, California to N'Jobu, a Prince of Wakanda stationed at the United States of America. N'Jobu raised his son alone, telling him about Wakanda, and even gave him his Wakandan Royal Ring. However, N'Jobu was killed because of the gang violence, leaving Stevens alone. Frustrated at the death of his father, as well, as suffering that African-American people go through, Stevens swore revenge on America and Wakanda for doing nothing and hiding from the world in the isolation.[1]

Joining the Military

"Graduated Annapolis at 19, MIT a year later."
James Rhodes to Pepper Potts[src]

At nineteen, Stevens graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As his doctoral thesis, Stevens launched the Project Liberator and designed the automated Combat Drone that would replace human soldiers in the ground warfare. However, due to the interface issues, Stevens' project never came to fruition. Eventually, Stevens joined the United States Navy SEALs, becoming a part of the covert assassination squad where he earned a nickname "Killmonger".[1]

Killmonger's War

Rescue of Tony Stark

"That was a spectacular entrance, seriously."
"The Ten Rings have reinforcements en route. We need to move now."
―Erik Killmonger and Tony Stark[src]

As a part of the deep cover operation, Killmonger infiltrated the Ten Rings organization. There, he discovered that the Ten Rings were working with Obadiah Stane who wanted them to assassinate Tony Stark, so he could take control over Stark Industries, promising to provide them with the weaponry. Killmonger collected every piece of evidence that proved Stane's involvement and joined his squad that was stationed in Afghanistan.

Killmonger saves Tony Stark from Ten Rings

Killmonger then left his squad and arrived at Kunar where the Ten Rings ambushed the US Air force convoy that was escorting Stark. When Stark tried to flee, Killmonger intercepted a missile that landed near him, saving him from an explosion. Covering Stark from the attack, Killmonger noted that the Ten Rings have reinforcements en route, so they needed to evacuate as soon as possible. Killmonger successfully gunned down all Ten Rings operatives and got Stark away from the danger, earning his gratitude.[1]

Working with Stark Industries

Killmonger poses for photos with Tony Stark

"We have to do better, build bigger, and fight badder for them. Which is why I'm bringing in Lieutenant Erik Stevens, the Navy SEAL who saved my life, as Stark Industries' new chief security officer."
Tony Stark[src]

Stevens was invited to the press conference in Los Angeles where Tony Stark personally thanked him for the rescue and appointed Stevens as a Stark Industries' chief security officer. During the conference, Christine Everheart questioned how Stevens rescued Stark in time, as his squad was stationed far away from that area, so Stevens should have known about the attack beforehand. Stevens revealed that he was on a covert operation inside the Ten Rings, before Obadiah Stane tried to interrupt his statement and conclude the conference.

Killmonger exposing Obadiah Stane

Stevens then presented all the evidence against Stane to the reporters, exposing his cooperation with the Ten Rings and that he was behind the attack on Stark. He also uploaded all the evidence online, including wire transfers, bank documents, and phone records, alerting the authorities which resulted in Stane's arrest. Following the conference, Stevens and Stark whet to a party at his mansion where Stark offered him to replace Stane as the company's COO. Stevens was hesitant to accept the offer, saying that he was just a soldier, however, Stark assured him that he needed that kind of person for his company.

Killmonger visits Tony Stark's workshop

Later, Stevens visited Stark at his workshop where he found Stark's portable Jericho firearm prototype which impressed him. They talked about Stark's father before Stevens told him about his father who have died on the streets due to the gang violence. Following a brief conversation about weapons, Stevens told Stark about the Project Liberator that would make human soldiers obsolete and minimize casualties, however the project never came to fruition. Stark then decided to help Stevens to realize his project and launched a development of the drone prototype. Stevens helped programming drone's close quarter combat algorithms, basing him off his own technique.[1]

Ambush at the Salvage Yard

Killmonger working with Tony Stark

"My, my, my. I would not want to play chess with you, my friend. I leaked word of the sale to the Wakandan War Dogs. And it all played out just as you predicted it would."
"We better load up the product. The Dora'll be here soon."
Ulysses Klaue and Erik Killmonger[src]

The development stalled due to the issues with the drone's regulating processor, so Stevens commented that they need to find another power source. Stevens suggested using vibranium that could act as a self-sustaining energy source and gave Tony Stark his vibranium ring as a sample. Stark praised Stevens' idea but noted that his father used all existing vibranium during World War II, although Stevens informed Stark that Ulysses Klaue had a vibranium supply in his possession.

Killmonger listenting to Pepper Potts

Pepper Potts was strongly against Stevens' idea, as Stark Industries does not fraternize with black market dealers. Surprisingly for her, Stevens agreed with Potts, noting that shareholders would not approve of that decision either, so Stark decided to sent James Rhodes there as company's military liaison. While on the contact with Stevens, Rhodes arrived at the Churchill ship to negotiate the vibranium purchase. Stevens informed Rhodes that he needed to cut their conversation short and ask Klaue to show him the vibranium.

Killmonger kills T'Challa

Suddenly, the ship was attacked by Black Panther who was tracking down Klaue to retrieve the stolen vibranium. When Black Panther took down Klaue's men and tried to speak with Rhodes, Killmonger attacked them both with the Sonic Taser Cannon. Killmonger killed Black Panther with the cannon, to Rhodes' shock who did not understand why he did that. Killmonger then commented Rhodes wearing the uniform of their oppressors and fighting for their cause and Rhodes replied that system can only be changed from the inside.

Killmonger kills James Rhodes

Killmonger did not agree with Rhodes' words and killed him using the claw glove from T'Challa's Panther Habit. He then set a crime scene, making it look like Rhodes and T'Challa killed each other and told Klaue to load the vibranium. Klaue told Killmonger that he leaked the information about the purchase to the War Dogs, so the Wakandans will discover the body of their prince and assume that he was killed by Rhodes. Killmonger then told Klaue to get away before the Dora Milaje arrive at the scene.[1]

Revealing the Truth

Killmonger is threatened by Tony Stark

"We're not fighting the same battles, Tony."
"Two gear-head orphans trying to do right by our fathers? We sound the same to me."
"The difference between you and me, is that you can't see the difference between you and me."
―Erik Killmonger and Tony Stark[src]

Stevens returned to Tony Stark's mansion, showing him the Vibranium Spear he got from Ulysses Klaue. Stevens then noticed that Stark was watching the news about the death of James Rhodes and told him that they need to stand up against Wakandans who were threatening war against them. Stark suddenly revealed that he knew that Stevens was behind Rhodes' murder due to J.A.R.V.I.S. surveying the area. Stevens knew that even if Stark calls the authorities, they will not arrive at time to save him, but Stark unleashed the drone prototype against Stevens.

Killmonger fights the Stark Liberator Drone

Using the vibranium from Stevens' ring, Stark powered up a drone that attacked Stevens. He had trouble dealing with it, since the drone's combat algorithms were programmed after Stevens' technique. Stevens then decided to improvise and used the vibranium spear to strike down the drone before impaling Stark with it.

Killmonger kills Tony Stark

Stevens told Stark that he did not want to kill Stark but he left him with no choice. Stark said that he thought they were not so different, as both were orphans trying to do right by their fathers. Stevens, however, told Stark that the fact that he could not see the difference between him was a difference on its own before finishing Stark with a vibranium spear.[1]

Invasion of Wakanda

"War is here. The drones are made up of vibranium alloy. Just like your weapons. Almost indestructible."
"Oh, please. They're built by Americans. We'll be home in time for lunch."
―Erik Killmonger and Okoye[src]

After murdering Tony Stark, Killmonger deleted all recordings of his crime from J.A.R.V.I.S.' memory and called Thaddeus Ross and Pepper Potts to the scene, there he accused the Wakandans as responsible for the crime and called it an act of vengeance for the death of Prince T'Challa at the hand of the Americans, General Ross considered this an act of war and ordered to Stark Industries, now in possession of the US Government, to mass-produce the Stark Liberator Drones to prepare for the war against Wakanda, Potts tried to object, but her pleas were refused. A few days after, Killmonger, along with Ulysses Klaue and a batallion of Liberator drones, arrived in Wakanda, Klaue escorted Killmonger to the protective barrier that was hiding Wakanda from the outside world, and after talking about Wakanda for a moment, Killmonger shot Klaue in the head, he then crossed the barrier and presented Klaue's body to the Border Tribe and then presented his War Dog Tattoo, now sure of his Wakandan status, the Border Tribe escorted Killmonger to the Citadel, where he introduced himself as the son of N'Jobu and that he came to offer them his assistance.

To be added[1]

Prince of Wakanda

"I did what I had to do."
"For what? A throne?"
"For vengeance. For my father. And for all my brothers and sisters who suffered through oppression while you just sat back and watched."
―Erik Killmonger and Black Panther[src]

To be added[1]

Age of Ultron

Recruited by the Watcher

The American-Wakandan War eventually started but at one point of the War, Killmonger was exposed by Shuri and Potts as a traitor of both sides and was chased by them and the Dora Milaje throughout the Citadel, arriving at the Tribal Council Room, Killmonger stopped and briefly contemplated the war-torn Wakanda on a sunset, then he was startled by the voice of The Watcher and took a fighting stance, as the Watcher told him that he was chosen, a few moments later, Shuri and Potts arrived the Tribal Council Room, not finding Killmonger anywhere.

To be added[2]

Personality

"You believe the cure for human suffering is more suffering."
"The cure is power. And now, I have it."
T'Challa and Erik Killmonger[src]

To be added

Powers and Abilities

Powers

"With this herb, you shall become the next Black Panther."
T'Chaka to Erik Killmonger[src]
  • Heart-Shaped Herb Enhancement: To be added
    • Enhanced Strength: Even before Killmonger's physical strength was augmented by the Heart-Shaped Herb, he was already strong enough to throw a missile with one hand to a considerable distance.
    • Enhanced Durability: To be added
    • Enhanced Speed: To be added
    • Enhanced Agility: To be added
    • Enhanced Stamina: To be added
    • Enhanced Reflexes: To be added
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: To be added
  • Telekinesis: To be added

Panther Habit Capabilities

  • Superhuman Durability: To be added
    • Vibranium Claws: To be added

Former Powers

  • Protection Spell: To be added
    • Physical Augmentation: To be added
    • Weapon Augmentation: To be added
  • Nigh-Omnipotence: To be added
    • Energy Manipulation: To be added
      • Energy Projection: To be added

Abilities

  • Genius-Level Intellect: Killmonger graduated from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Master Engineer: In his doctoral thesis, Killmonger conceptualized an automated combat drone to replace human soldiers.
  • Master Tactician: To be added
  • Master Martial Artist: As a Navy SEAL, Killmonger is highly trained in martial arts and hand-to-hand combat. He provided the movements for the Stark Liberator Drones to use in battle.
  • Spear Mastery: Killmonger is innately skilled with a spear, as he used one to kill Tony Stark.
  • Master Marksman: To be added
  • Master Acrobat: To be added
"Made quite a name for himself since joining the SEALs as part of an elite ghost squad that specializes in high-target wetwork."
"Please tell me that's plumbing."
"Assassinations."
James Rhodes and Pepper Potts[src]
  • Master Assassin: To be added
  • Bilingualism: Killmonger speaks his native English, and was taught to speak Xhosa by his father.

Equipment

Weapons

"Stark R&D is no joke. The sonic taser thing is legit."
―Erik Killmonger[src]
"It's just my doctoral thesis. I developed plans for an automated combat drone. Thought I was going to make human soldiers obsolete."
―Erik Stevens to Tony Stark[src]

Other Equipment

"Where did you get this?"
"This kind of stuff pops up all over the globe. You need the right hook up."
Tony Stark and Erik Stevens[src]

Vehicles

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

  • United States Navy SEALs
  • Border Tribe
  • M20

Enemies

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

To be added

References

Transparent Endgame Logo.png
The Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Erik Killmonger/Killmonger's War.

External Links

Advertisement