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‘Black Panther’ Toys Hint at Another Marvel Hero Fighting His Villainous Counterpart

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brian-mcgee - September 8, 2017

So what's the main problem with most Marvel character's first films? If you said, the hero ends up fighting basically an evil version of himself in the end, you're right! Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Ant-Man, and Doctor Strange all have this fundamental problem. Thus far only Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy bucked this trend, but any hopes that Black Panther may have dodged it as well have been thrown to wind because we're right back in familiar territory. 

I know toys aren't the most reliable indicator of what a character is going to look like on-screen, especially in this day and age when toys are produced and sometimes released before films have even finished shooting—Rogue One, I'm looking at you. However, Yahoo Movies got a sneak peek at the new Black Panther toys, which will probably hit shelves around Christmas when retailers have sold through all their Star Wars toys and need to fill that space with something. 

Anyway, the villainous Erik Killmonger, being played by Michael B. Jordan, seems to be Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther evil counterpart because his costume is more or less identical to the one Panther wears. Fun fact for all you nerds out there, this armor appears to be based on the look of Original Black Panther T'Chaka, father of current Panther T'Challa. Here it is...

See? He looks just like Black Panther with a gold upgrade...

Lazy. Let's hope Ryan Coogler is wise enough to dodge this and this whole thing just happens to be like Batman Returns when you released this lovable Penguin figure...

And then he looked like this in the movie...

Could go either way. Let's hope the quasi-Guardians of the Galaxy type deal that Jordan is sporting in the trailer indicates that we've gone in a different direction...



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