Killmonger’s return may seem unlikely, given that the villain died at the end of the first film. But as has been rumored before, we’ve been told that T’Challa’s wayward cousin shows up again via the ancestral plan.
As for M’Baku, our intel points to him taking on a more antagonistic role in the sequel. This is somewhat expected, too, seeing as the character goes by the supervillain moniker Man-Ape in the comics. However, so far the MCU has subverted his traditional villainous portrayal and depicted him as an ally to T’Challa, aiding him in getting back his throne in BP and being a comrade in battle against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. We’ll have to wait and see what causes them to become enemies, then.
The Mariner will be one of the prime villains
Martin Freeman has previously made clear that he’ll be back as Everett Ross for the follow-up, while WGTC has reported that Black Panther 2‘s subtitle will be Lost Kingdom, which seems to point to Namor and Atlantis making their MCU debut in the movie. In fact, according to our info, the Mariner will be the prime villain of the piece as well.
That remains to be confirmed, but so far at least, Black Panther 2 is shaping up to be a pretty crowded affair and we can’t wait to learn more about it.