Michael B. Jordan trained for a year-and-a-half before he began filming ‘Black Panther’.

The 31-year-old actor, who plays villain Erik Kilmonger in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, revealed the intense training he had to do helped him prepare for the role.

Speaking to the Metro Online he said: “I spent a lot of time alone. Erik’s a very lonely guy, a very pained character so that’s part of it. And also like physically preparing for it, working out, training, it was kind of a Swiss army knife of a lot of different skill sets. So training for about a year and half before we started filming really helped with the preparation for the role.”

The film is expected to show how T’Challa – played by Chadwick Boseman – becomes the Black Panther. T’Challa’s father T’Chaka is king of the African nation Wakanda and has the ceremonial title Black Panther as the chief of the Panther Tribe, but is killed when a bomb goes off at the UN making his son the Black Panther.

Other actors in the movie include Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira who portrays Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s personal bodyguards.

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