Last weekend Marvel Studios’ finally released the teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we got our first look at the new characters and at how the movie’s going to deal with Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing in 2020. Now more details on the highly anticipated sequel are starting to surface.
This week, Hasbro revealed a first look at a new action-figure for Namor, The Sub-Mariner, played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, and what’s interesting is that it provided an interesting description for the character that will make his debut on Black Panther 2. Here’s the description:
“The ruler of Talocan, an ancient civilization hidden in the depths of the ocean, Namor will stop at nothing to protect his people”.
According Hasbro’s website, Namor will be the ruler of an ancient civilization called Talocan, name that seems to be inspired by Tlālōcān, a place that comes from the Aztec mythology. Tlālōcān means Place of Tlāloc, it’s a paradise for those who died through drowning or lightning, and it’s ruled by said Aztec deity.
We’ve known that Namor’s background will be changed for the movie and that’s why from the very beginning they started looking for people from Latin America, specifically from Mexico and Guatemala, to portray these characters.
During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con when we got to see the teaser for the movie we confirmed that the aesthetics for Namor’s kingdom will be heavily inspired by Aztec and Mayan culture, providing the character a brand new identity that could help people differentiate him from DC’s Aquaman, played by Jason Momoa.
Tenoch Huerta also talked about the representation on the film during an interview at SDCC. He says that the changes for Atlantis and the Atlanteans were made by Marvel Studios and that the company was “open, respectful, intelligent [and] sensitive” about those changes to the popular Marvel character. Here’s the full quote:
“It’s inspired by Mesoamerican cultures, the people that were involved as consultants are Mexican academics that are actually from the region and they made this possible. The company and the production were totally open, willing, respectful, intelligent [and] sensitive. That’s how representation should be, that’s how things should be made”.
To be honest, it’s great to finally see a character that’s inspired by Mesoamerican cultures so the world can give these cultures the respect and recognition they deserve after centuries of being marginalized and discriminated. And it’s even better that the characters are played by actors from Mexico and Guatemala.
Starring Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta, Mabel Cadena, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, with Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will premiere on November 11.