Michael B. Jordan weighs in on Killmonger vs. Thanos debate


If Killmonger and Thanos went head-to-head, would Infinity War have ended differently? It could have, according to Michael B. Jordan.

Here’s the greatest debate of the century: who could actually take down Thanos? It’s not Thor, Iron Man, nor the Scarlet Witch. We saw in Infinity War that even with their powers combined, that was in no way possible. But could a certain character who wasn’t in Infinity War actually beat Thanos fair and square?

How about if that character were, perchance, Black Panther’s Erik Killmonger? It’s the whispered matchup throughout the internet, but now we have input from the man himself. During a charity event benefiting Lupus LA, the AV Club News asked Michael B. Jordan was if Killmonger would actually be a worthy match against Thanos.

The two easily became one of the MCU’s best villains in all of Marvel Studios’10-year history, but there can only be one winner. For Jordan, Killmonger would definitely have a good shot at taking down Thanos. And he seems to attribute that to the character’s headstrong nature, saying:

"I think the one thing about Killmonger is he really plans his attacks, and they’re well thought out. So if he ever stepped in a situation with Thanos, he would feel confident that he had the upper hand—at the very least, he would know he had a shot. So I mean, we already know that Erik’s willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good, so I don’t think he’s ever fearful of losing his life. So I think if he ever stepped in front of Thanos, he’d already have a plan for taking him down."

It certainly could be true that Killmonger could give Thanos a fair fight. He won the fight to be king against T’Challa in Black Panther, and claims he’d taken down lots of people before he got to T’Challa. But Thanos isn’t an ordinary person. He straight up ended Loki (an actual god) like it was nothing. And even the Incredible Hulk, as large as he is, got knocked around by Thanos like a rag doll.

In the end, maybe Killmonger wouldn’t be successful in actually winning a fight against Thanos by himself. But he’d at least have a good chance at fending him off for a bit, especially if he had the help of his cousin and the other Avengers by his side.

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Now, this matchup doesn’t have to be a fantasy fight for long. If Marvel really wants to do us all a favor, we’d love for Killmonger to be not-dead. Then we can bring him back just in time for Avengers 4. Hopefully, that’s not asking too much. We’d just like to see how this brawl would actually go down.