One of the many fan-favorite villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe happened to be Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger. The character was featured as the main villain throughout the film Black Panther. Now, however, Michael B. Jordan reveals that he needed therapy after playing the villainous Black Panther role.
Michael B. Jordan revealed his need for therapy after working on Black Panther while speaking with Variety. It appears that he took his role seriously enough that he avoided seeing any family and children while production was ongoing.
As he explained:
“Killmonger allowed me to access the pain. And the unapologetic frustration that I had,” Jordan began. “But then, obviously, there’s a sadness that comes along with that. I dove into that for a lot longer than I ever had before. So coming out of that [role] it was hard to want love. Because during shooting I kept myself from family and children, and away from everything that Killmonger never had.”
Variety notes that Jordan shared a similar statement with Oprah in 2019. Here’s what the Creed actor revealed then:
“It was a little tough for me at first,” Jordan said. “Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out. I shut out love, I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could.”
“Your mind is so powerful,” he added. “Your mind will get your body past a threshold that it would have given up on way before. Honestly, therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot. As a man you get a lot of slack for it. I don’t really subscribe to that. Everyone needs to unpack and talk.”
Michael B. Jordan reprised the role for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He appeared in the film with a surprise cameo. Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for additional updates on Marvel and Michael B. Jordan’s career as we have them.