The first thing Black Panther audiences may notice when they are introduced to Michael B. Jordan’s character in the film is his hair (followed by the detailed markings on his chest). The angsty, lock bangs that Erik Killmonger rocks throughout the movie are so distinct that Twitter even included them in his hashtag emoji. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing the film or any promotional material featuring Killmonger’s hair, take a gander below.
In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Jordan explains the genesis of the unique do. “He’s from Oakland, and I’m from Newark, New Jersey, and I used to have locks,” he says. “So we were trying to figure out what that hairstyle would look like if it evolved. Something that was trendy that dudes would wanna rock once the movie came out. So we’ll see.”
The Ryan Coogler-directed film is a box office smash, which means that plenty of men and women are getting to see the hairstyle in action atop the head of Marvel’s latest villain. “I think it might set a little a bit of a trend,” he said. “I could see that.”
Will people going to start going to their barbers asking for the "Killmonger"? Only time will tell, but chances are that few will look as good as Michael Bae Jordan when attempting to rock the signature look.