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“A lot of people are gonna see themselves represented”: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Star Winston Duke Says Their Namor Has Real ‘Latinx’ Cultural Significance

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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.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Poster
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Poster

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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.  

Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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. 

Winston Duke As M'Baku In Black Panther
Winston Duke As M’Baku In Black Panther

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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. 

Tenoch Huerta at the SDCC 2022.
Tenoch Huerta at the SDCC 2022.

Also Read: ‘How Much Are They Going to Change Him?’: Namor Actor Tenoch Huerta Says His Character Has a Deep Respect for King T’Challa in Black Panther 2, Fans Ask Did They Actually Read the Comics?

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

Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 400 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.