Like the comic books they're based on, death isn't a sure thing in the MCU. After all, they're currently hyping the next Spider-Man movie despite him (along with half of the universe) dying at the end of Infinity War.
**SPOILER WARNING: Possible spoilers for Black Panther 2 below!**
Still, some villains are given such a grand exit it's hard to imagine them returning, like Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger from Black Panther. Although with Ryan Coogler hard at work on the sequel, it has sparked some question on whether Jordan, one of the director's longtime collaborators, could return to Wakanda in some way.
Black Panther star Angela Bassett and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, spoke with Entertainment Tonight ahead of the film's historic win at last night's SAG Awards. While Bassett started giving some hints, Vance held nothing back when talking about Killmonger's possible return in Black Panther 2.
It started when Bassett was asked if everyone would be back for the sequel, to which she replied, "I would assume so."
"Yes, just go ahead and say it. Yes! Everyone will be there, including Michael B.," interjected Vance. Bassett then pointed out that though Killmonger died while watching the sunrise, we didn't see his body "go into the ocean."
They could just be speaking off the cuff, but Bassett's remark about Killmonger's body seems pretty telling, given that being dumped into the ocean was his dying wish. Not to mention that if anyone would have the technology to heal a giant blade to the heart, it would be Wakanda.
Another possibility could be that Killmonger will show up on the ancestral plain. He did sit on the throne of Wakanda, however briefly. The first movie brought back King T'Chaka (John Kani) this way, and he died back in Captain America: Civil War. And when you consider that it was Killmonger who inspired T'Challa to open the Wakanda's borders to the world, it could lead to an interesting dynamic between the two characters.
Maybe he could even give T'Challa some advice on taking down his new adversary — whoever that may end up being.