Marvel Studio’s Black Panther smashed all box office records on its release earlier this year. The critics, as well as the audiences, loved each and every character in the film be it the Wakandan king T’Challa, his genius sister Shuri, Okoye, or even the film’s primary antagonist, Erik Killmonger, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.
Ever since Black Panther’s release, some fans have pointed out similarities between the costumes of Erik Killmonger and Dragon Ball Z’s Vegeta. They even took to Twitter to post a side by side comparison picture of Killmonger and Vegeta’s costumes which you can check out below.
During a recent interview with IGN, while promoting Creed ll, Michael B. Jordan was asked if the similarities between Vegeta’s armor and Killmonger’s armor were made on purpose. He replied that he is completely clueless about it.
“Maybe? I’m not sure. Honestly, I really don’t know,” the Black Panther actor said.
In the interview clip, Jordan revealed that he and Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler never had any conversation about the armor being inspired by the Dragon Ball Z character. However, he did reveal that Coogler is an anime fan, so it might be possible that he had taken cues from the anime character to design Erik Killmonger’s armor.
“But, I mean, Ryan likes anime too, so maybe. Hopefully,” Jordan said. You can check out the interview video below.
In another interview with Essence, when the actor was asked about Black Panther’s chances of getting an Academy Award this year, he said the film getting the award would be an amazing icing on the cake. He added that even if Black Panther doesn’t get an award, he is satisfied with the film’s incredible success.
“The movie has done such a great job, broke through so many glass ceilings, and made such an impact culturally and around the world,” Jordan said. “If the Academy chooses to recognize that project for all of those reasons that’s amazing icing on the cake, but I think what the movie has done so far is truly incredible and a win all its own. I felt so accomplished doing this movie, but it’s not up to me to validate the film. So the people who make those decisions, that’s something they have to think about and figure out on their own.”
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