One of the most fascinating aspects of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and its central villain, the anti-heroic Sailor King Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, is how little Talocan looks like Atlantis from the Marvel comics.
Namor’s short shorts, winged feet, and fierce hatred of surface dwellers are still core aspects of his personality, which wakanda forever highlights with a story of how he was driven to lead Talocan to war against Wakanda.
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Director Ryan Coogler Changed Namor’s Origin to Latin American
Unlike Marvel’s Namor, who rules a relatively typical version of Atlantis (an advanced society overwhelmed by great tragedy), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Namor hails from Talocan, an undersea land inspired by the Tlālōcān of Aztec mythology. Talocan, like Wakanda, is a fictional place meant to reflect a variety of cultural influences, and Huerta sees it as an ideal notion to help people better understand Indigenous and African contributions to Latin American history, especially that of Mexico.
During a recent press tour for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Tenoch Huerta said that while “almost everyone in Mexico has indigenous or African roots”, people often want to delete certain things from their past, which the 41-year-old actor says needs more attention.
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wakanda forever, in addition to drawing inspiration from an array of Mesoamerican cultures, constructs its own intriguing mythology that connects the history of Talocan and Wakanda. Although these notions have a particular narrative function within the framework of the film, Huerta hopes that the public will grasp and absorb them as testimonies of a cultural richness worthy of respect and recognition.
Latin American audiences loved Namor and are now clamoring for his solo film
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has finally hit theaters, and it appears to be a smash hit. The sequel, directed by Ryan Coogler, has been in the works for a long time and has received nearly unanimous praise in its early reactions. Movies “beautifully cathartic” tale and “masterful” the music is critically acclaimed.
Tenoch Huerta’s MCU debut as Namor the Submariner has been mentioned in virtually every review, however, especially by every Latin American MCU fan. The longtime comic book character makes his film debut in the Black Panther sequel, allowing new stories to be told in the aquatic universe of the MCU.
Latin American MCU Fans Wasted No Time In Demanding A Solo Feature From Namor After Watching Wakanda forever. They took to Twitter to lend their support to the Narcos: Mexico actor and his performance indicating, “He definitely needs his own solo movie.”
The origin of how #namor got its name in #WakandaForever was one of the film’s most badass mic drop moments. As a native Spanish speaker, I applaud 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/8oGkJbR2xg
— Cris Parker (@3CFilmss) November 11, 2022
Namor definitely needs his own project
—SpanishBurnley (@SpanishBurnley) November 11, 2022
As a Latino I ripped at telochan
Shit was beautiful
—Alex (@Alex86287993) November 11, 2022
Made such a beautiful depiction of brown and black ancestry, shared struggles and pain…a common enemy and why we need to realize more than ever that we are fighting the same fight
— G Baby (@Whatunobougator) November 12, 2022
Native Mesoamerican inspired superheroes, spoken Yucatec Mayan language, fairly accurate images depicting Kukulkan/Quetzalcoatl 🪶🐍 and Talokan inspired by Tlālōcān💧. It was all visually stunning *chefs kiss* I just didn’t agree with #namor be a villain 😂
— xicanikkei 🇵🇸 (@xicanikkei) November 12, 2022
Namor definitely needs his own movie. I was getting excited every time he showed up… Tenoch Huerta succeeds 👏
— Namor Culture (@NamorCulture) November 11, 2022
They better give it a spin-off. Tenoch Huerta was a beast in this film.
— UCLA Geek (@UCLA_Geek) November 12, 2022
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In an interview on the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever red carpet, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has opened up about the possibility of a Namor solo film following his role in the Wakandan after. When asked if fans should expect a solo feature for Tenoch Huerta’s hero after wakanda foreverreplied Fiege simply, “We’ll see, depending on that,” hinting at the movie’s response.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently playing in theaters.