Young Erik Stevens’ life shattered on the day he looked up from a neighborhood game of basketball with his friends to see a Wakandan jet streak away from his apartment building. Inside his home, he discovered the body of his father, N’Jobu, and a diary that explained everything.
The boy possessed the blood of the Wakandans, an African society who had hid their technologically advanced way of life behind the facade of being a seemingly poor nation, and his father had died at the hands of his own brother, T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda. T’Chaka divined N’Jobu’s illegal alliance with Ulysses Klaue, a mercenary with a lust for the Vibranium metal of Wakanda, and killed him when N’Jobu attacked Zuri, a loyal Wakandan who had operated as a secret operative to keep tabs on N’Jobu. From the young Erik’s perspective, his father died while in pursuit of a dream to help all people of African descent around the globe via the riches of Vibranium.
Stevens worked his way through grad school at M.I.T. as well as graduating from the Annapolis military academy at the age of nineteen. Diving deep into the SEAL program, he joined a Joint Special Operations Command “ghost unit” and earned the nickname “Killmonger” for the sheer number of kills he made while in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other hot spots around the world. After achieving the skills and abilities he needed, he then set his eye on his true target: Wakanda.