played by Tenoch HuertaPrince Namor finally made his MCU debut in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever After🇧🇷
Unlike the comics, he is not the ruler of Atlantis, but of Talokan, an underwater kingdom inspired by the Mayan culture, one of the pre-Columbian civilizations that inhabited the region of Mexico.
While the change is welcome due to the originality it has given the character and its people, fans are wondering why the marvel studios decided to change the name and characteristics of Namor’s home.
In an interview for Screen Rantthe director Ryan Coogler said the following:
“I love ‘aquaman‘ and really loved the animation ‘Atlantis: The Lost Kingdom’, from Disney, which premiered when I was much younger. And I wanted to do something that could sit in the cinematic pantheon alongside those movies. I wanted to do something true to that mythology, but still, something different. We were after something that felt real and real, and we were able to get a great cultural dip by exploring Mayan culture. It felt true to theme, as if Talokan belonged in a world as believable as Wakanda is. But at the same time, that it was something worthy of myths, something that people could dream about.”
talking to Variety🇧🇷 garden also touched on the subject and gave his opinion on the change.
“It’s important that people feel represented in cinema. And this change was made with a lot of respect for Mesoamerican culture, especially the Mayan culture. It is the root of almost everyone in Latin America. We have indigenous roots, we have black roots, we have some white roots, but it’s fantastic to be here and represent that kind of ethnicity. I think this film makes the right proposition for us to do that.”
Asked if Namor will be seen as a villain, the star argued:
“He’s a guy who protects his people, his culture, every significant thing in his kingdom. From my point of view, everyone around the world can relate to this. I don’t know if he’s a villain or he’s just a guy trying to protect what he loves, whatever the cost.”
Directed by Ryan Cooglerthe sequence also has Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira and Michaela Coel🇧🇷
Check out the trailer and synopsis:
“In ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from the intervening powers of the world after the death of King T’Challa. As the Wakandans struggle to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must unite with the help of Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) to forge a new path for the Kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta like Namor, king of a secret undersea nation, the film also brings Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.
The first ‘Black Panther’ was released in 2018 and made a huge bang at the box office, grossing over US$1.3 billion dollars worldwide. In addition, it became the first superhero film to be nominated for Best movie at the Oscars.