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“They’re never going to see this coming”: Chadwick Boseman Was Hyped When Ryan Coogler Revealed Black Panther 2 Would Have Talokan, Always Wanted More Indigenous Representation

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever introduced Namor and the Talokans into the world of the MCU. And as per the latest piece of information, even the late King T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman was excited about the introduction of the submariner. It can’t be denied that the MCU is quite successful in weaving the world and culture of the underwater kingdom. The audiences were mesmerized when the Atlantis-Esque kingdom was shown for the first time.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022).
Tenoch Huerta as Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

According to the director of the movie Ryan Coogler, Chadwick Boseman was excited about the idea of the Talokan since the day he heard about it. This adds another emotional layer to the movie as the fans never got to know how would the dynamics would have gone out if the movie featured King T’Challa against Namor.

Chadwick Boseman was heartily looking forward to the Talokan introduction

Ryan Coogler with Chadwick Boseman on the set of Black Panther
Ryan Coogler with Chadwick Boseman on the set of Black Panther(2018)

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Chadwick Boseman, unfortunately, passed away in 2020 while fighting Colon Cancer. As a result of which, the sequel to the 2018 Ryan Coogler had a humongous task of giving justice to the late King T’Challa. While the movie is quite successful in that, it is also very efficient in showing the brand-new kingdom and culture of the Talokans in the MCU.

Based on the long-lost kingdom of the Aztec Legend, Talokan is an underwater kingdom very similar to Wakanda having its own rich culture and heritage. The kingdom ruled by Namor is one of the many visual extravaganzas in the movie.

Namor Black Panther 2
Namor

According to the director Ryan Coogler, when Chadwick Boseman heard about his plans for the first time, he got very excited about this indigenous representation. As per the statements of the director in EW’s Around the Table series:

“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.'”

But sadly, Boseman never read the early drafts of the script of the movie. It was later figured out by Coogler that it was due to his deteriorating health.

Also Read: “It’s better if I can read it later”: Black Panther 2 Director Ryan Coogler Reveals Why Chadwick Boseman Refused to Read His Original Script

The rest of the article contains spoilers from Black Panther 2

Namor and Talokan in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Talocan poster
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Talocan poster

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever really did an amazing task infusing Mexican culture into the MCU. When the MCU announced the change of the Atlantis kingdom to the Aztec-based Talokan civilization, many fans complained about it. But quite contradictorily, both the civilization and Tenoch Huerta’s performance as Namor shine throughout the movie.

The very first introduction of the kingdom with a track titled Con La Brisa playing in the background gives a fantastic as well as a realistic look at Talokan. Even the residents of the tribe and their styles were an homage to the ancient civilization and the details are extremely praiseworthy.

Also Read: “We wanted our own version of Wakanda Forever”: Black Panther 2 Star Explains Iconic Talokan Hand Gesture, Reveals its Rich Historical Significance

Now it can be well understood why Chadwick Boseman was so hyped about Talokan. With the character of Namor showing some positive change at the end of the movie, it will be exciting to watch more of him in the MCU. And as per producer Nate Moore, we might get to know more about the Talokans in the upcoming years and that will also answer if they will take the sides of the World’s Mightiest Heroes or not.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is running in theaters near you.

Source: Entertainment Weekly 

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.