As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is preparing for its November release, the stars express how the movie will be a different experience in many ways. The movie is not only special because of its task of concluding Phase 4, but also due to various other things. Be it establishing the next Black Panther or setting up Namor as one of the major characters in the timeline of the MCU.
Recently a new exclusive clip of Black Panther 2 was shown at the D23 Expo. The clip featured a magnificent scene of Namor going against M’Baku. Speaking on Namor, the M’Baku actor Winston Duke explained how the character is different and a very realistic approach by the MCU.
Namor’s cultural significance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Namor is one of the most important characters from Marvel Comics. He is one of the oldest characters and his debut in the MCU has been a subject of anticipation for many days. When he was announced to set foot in the MCU, the news was soon received with DC’s Aquaman comparisons. But the MCU also used some smart moves and made some unique changes to the character of Namor.
The very first move made by the MCU which can prove to be a major plus point is the changing of origin from Atlantis to the real Aztec-based civilization Talocan. This can be a major hit or miss for the MCU as it is all based on real things. While some fans already complained about the studio changing the origin, it can also set up a good connection with the fans if executed well. Mainly because of its existing significance in the real world.
When asked about the difference between the character of Namor and DC’s Aquaman, the M’Baku actor Winston Duke said that their version is a lot more grounded and realistic:
“In our version, it feels a lot more real than fiction. In the MCU fashion, we’ve grounded it in real cultural significance and cultural traditions. You see the Latinx contingent that is present visually. Ryan Coogler’s creation within the Marvel cinematic landscape is one of deep honor and connection to real stuff. So I think a lot of people are gonna see themselves represented.”
Although some fans were offended by the treatment of the character in the MCU, some are excited to see how the real cultural significance plays out.
Namor is going to be an interesting addition to Black Panther 2
The Namor star Tenoch Huerta also exclaimed his happiness for getting the role in Black Panther 2. He said that it was extremely beautiful and he feels very lucky to be cast as the sub-mariner among so many faces.
The actor explained that the relation of his Talocan kingdom with Wakanda resembles that of the modern world and the people can resonate with it. Even though the character lacks any major information as of yet, surely, the MCU’s going to keep him now for their future slate.
Besides the movie has also some major mysteries like the introduction of the new Black Panther. Following that, another revelation that can act as a shock is whether there’s some greater force lurking over the two nations and putting them against one another.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit the theaters on November 11, 2022
Source: Los Angeles Times