Chadwick Boseman first made his appearance in Captain America: Civil War as Prince T’Challa of Wakanda, which was already considered by many as one of the best performances in the MCU. Later, he starred in his solo film Black Panther, which went down in history as one of the most successful Marvel Studios projects in history, both critically and financially. After his unfortunate demise on 28th August 2020, fans were in shock and sorrow, trying to hold back their grief and asking what to expect from the then-upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
But it seems like Boseman had a sixth sense about the upcoming film, especially about actor Tenoch Huerta’s ability to give the audience the performance of a lifetime.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler revealed that before his death, Chadwick Boseman had prophesied that Tenoch Huerta would mesmerize the audience with his performance as Namor The Sub-Mariner.
Chadwick Boseman Was Excited About Tenoch Huerta’s Namor
Chadwick Boseman was one of those actors in the industry who was always kept in high regard by his co-actors and friends alike. It was always said that he was one of the most fun people to work with, and thus people were drawn to him. After his performance in Black Panther, the fandom came to revere him as one of the greatest of all time, saying that half the reason the film was successful was because of him. But little did the public know that Boseman himself was excited about another actor’s entry into the MCU that he said was going to be unexpected by the audience to take them by surprise.
Ryan Coogler, sitting down with Entertainment Weekly, recalled the time when he once had a chat with the Late. Chadwick Boseman about Tenoch Huerta as Namor and his appearance in the MCU in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Coogler said that Boseman said Huerta’s entry as Namor was something that the audience was not ready for, and that it would take them by surprise. He said:
“I had spoken with Chad [Boseman] about that aspect of the script [introducing Talokan], and he was really excited. That was something he was fired up about. I remember we were at a restaurant in Los Feliz the first time we talked about possibly having indigenous American representation in the film. He got the biggest smile, like, ‘They’re never going to see this coming. It’s awesome.'”
This heartfelt reminiscence was the trait that his friends and co-workers said reminded them about Boseman, and he was right to bet on Tenoch Huerta to make his beliefs come to life. With the sequel now out, fans are swooning over his performance as Namor The Sub-Mariner.
What Is Next For Namor After Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
After the end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it is a little ambiguous about what Namor’s next venture in the MCU would be like. Featured in the last film of Marvel Studios’ Phase 4, Tenoch Huerta has not yet confirmed whether he would be returning as Namor in Phase 5 and/or Phase 6. But seeing fans’ reaction to his performance as the Sub-Mariner, it would be no surprise that his return would be sooner than we might think.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in cinemas.