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Grey Gargoyle

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Subj: Re: a more specific question about the film...
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 03:05:10 am EST (Viewed 329 times)
Reply Subj: a more specific question about the film...
Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 at 12:14:16 am EST (Viewed 333 times)



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    When Zuri offered Killmonger his own life in exchange for T’Challa’s during the ritual combat, Killmonger took it. Would not then Killmonger’s apparent further slaying of T’Challa have been a murder and not within his rights? Which should have been challenged immediately by the Dora Milage and the tribal leaders?

    Not familiar with Wakandan law, of course, but this seems like a relevant plot hole to me.


It is a good observation & remark. When I watched it, I didn't see it as a plot hole.

In the MCU, Zuri is presented as the arbitrator of the ritual combat because he is the shaman of the Panther tribe (notably, he oversees the shamanic rituals linked to the Heart-Shaped Herb).

His death was the consequence of interfering with the result of the ritual combat, something which should never have happened in the first place. It wasn't Killmonger who broke the rules, it was Zuri.

The interference & death of Zuri didn't stop Killmonger from concluding the combat as he initially planned. The main difference between T'Challa & Killmonger is the lack of compassion of Killmonger. T'Challa spared M'Baku because M'Baku assumed that he had lost. On the contrary, Killmonger had never wanted to spare T'Challa and the death of Zuri didn't change his mindset about it.

I think that, before M'Baku & Killmonger interfered, Zuri & T'Challa only saw the ritual combat as a traditional protocol in which the 3 tribes (River, Border, Mine) renew their allegiance to the Panther tribe (contrary to the Jabari who were apart).


(NB : BTW, in the comics, Zuri was different : he was one of the warriors that T'Challa fought to get the throne)



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