Michael B. Jordan gave such a strong performance as Erik Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther that fans may not have noticed his costume had a striking resemblance to one worn by another one-time villain in pop culture: Dragonball Z’s Vegeta.
The similarity in costumes was picked up on social media when a user on Twitter put Killmonger and Vegeta side-by-side for a comparison.
— Jenn (@Shorty2Die4) February 19, 2018
When you put the two next to each other, it’s hard not to notice that every inch of Killmonger’s Black Panther costume is an ode to the Saiyan Prince. Along with their armors sharing the same chest plate and shoulder straps, both Killmonger and Vegeta opt to layer with a long-sleeve blue shirt underneath.
We can even go so far as to point out how Killmonger’s hair has a Saiyan-flare to it, with how expressive and high it rests atop his head. Even though Killmonger and Black Panther had different philosophies on how Wakanda should interact with the outside world, one can imagine the two coming to some sort of truce in the future; just like Vegeta did with his rival, Goku.
In theaters now, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.
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