I think ‘Black Panther’, as a character, was the draw for most people, certainly the black audience were there to see the hero not the villain.
As dramatic as it would be to two-part this story and end with Killmonger on the throne, promising T’Challa would return to reclaim it next time, I don’t believe it would be have been anywhere near as enjoyable for most people.
Killmonger is a mouthpiece for an idea, he’s played really well and gets a lot fo the more dramatic moments, but he’s there to counter-point Wakandan isolationism.
T’Challa start the film as an isolationist, albeit one with doubts, which are expressed by Nakia in their conversations.
Then Killmonger presents the extreme opposite argument; to go out aggressively and dominate others.
Finally T’Challa decides to go with middle ground; he’ll lead, but not by force.
Except when he’s heroically kicking the ass of some bad guys of course.
Since this new conversation came about because Lorcan had only just seen the film, are we not worried about anyone else who might not have seen it yet? Spoilers?
There is a Black Panther thread.