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In a Subtle Dig at DCEU’s Aquaman, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Production Designer Hannah Beachler Calls Namor’s Atlantis ‘The freshest Atlantis that you’ll ever see’


Marvel’s upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is just a month away from its release. With its trailer released, fans have pointed out multiple details in the trailer of Black Panther 2 and are trying to form an image of what may happen in the upcoming film. Recently fans spotted two different Black Panthers in the trailer and started discussing the possibility of more than one Black Panther in the film. However, Black Panther is not the only topic of discussion among fans. 

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

The sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is also introducing Namor into the MCU. In comics, Namor is the king of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and the prince of the seven seas. Although Marvel did confirm that they are making some changes to his origin in the film, he would still have the same persona and powers. 

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Black Panther Production Designer Built Talocan From the Ground Up

Recently during an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the production designer of Black Panther, Hannah Beachler, talked about the movie. She said that they had to build Talocan from the ground up. Beachler also mentioned that they went into every detail of the movie, as they wanted to get everything right. 

Sub-Mariner, Namor in Wakanda Forever
Sub-Mariner, Namor in Wakanda Forever

During the interview, she said that Namor would be the freshest Atlantis ever. Beachler says, “I think this is going to be the freshest Atlantis that you’ll ever see. Certainly, with Ryan Coogler at the helm, it’s going to be special.” 

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Her statement might be taking a dig at DC’s Aquaman, as he is also the king of Atlantis in the DCEU. Jason Momoa’s Aquaman has some similarities to Namor. But Namor has some additional abilities and powers that Aquaman does not. Namor was introduced as the first mutant in the MCU.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor - Black Panther Wakanda Forever Trailer
Tenoch Huerta as Namor – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer

Aquaman was released in 2018, and its sequel will release in 2023. Considering that people saw Aquaman four years ago on screen for the first time and in the 2021 Justice League lastly, Namor is the freshest Atlantis on screen. And the character has already left an impression on viewers. 

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Ryan Coogler Wanted to Reimagine Atlantis in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

In comics, Namor is the king of Atlantis and the prince of the seven seas. However, for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ryan Coogler and Marvel wanted to reimagine the underwater realm for the screen. And so the studio and the director agreed to introduce the underwater kingdom as Talocan. 

The studio has also revealed that Talocan is heavily inspired by the Mayan culture, and they have worked closely with Mayan historians and experts on the film. Talocan is also another hidden kingdom in the MCU. The film is expected to follow up as Talocanians decide to come out of hiding and try to take over Wakanda.  

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

Marvel is finally diving into the magical world of Talocan with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Namor is expected to be the antagonist or could be represented as the anti-hero in the film. Tenoch Huerta, the actor portraying Namor talked about the character and claimed that it would be different from what people expect it to be.

Fans have high expectations from the film. As it is the sequel to one of the most successful films under Marvel and is also considered an honor to the late actor Chadwick Boseman.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will release on November 11, 2022.

Source: Bounding Into Comics

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.