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‘We didn’t want to shoehorn comic book Namor into our world’: Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Says Bringing Tenoch Huerta’s Namor to the Big Screen Was ‘Tedious’

Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler Says Bringing Tenoch Huerta's Namor to the Big Screen Was 'Tedious'

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is just a few days away from hitting the big screens. The movie is going to be a very emotional journey in the MCU. It has to deal with many matters such as the unfortunate loss of Chadwick Boseman to the introduction of one of the greatest comic book villains, Namor. According to the director Ryan Coogler, incorporating Namor in the storyline of the film is one of the most challenging tasks for him.

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

Namor, the Submariner is one of the most iconic comic book characters who will be involved now in the MCU. The underwater ruler already went through a lot of makeovers for his inclusion in Black Panther 2. The director revealed in an interview that these changes are made because they wanted to give a unique story to him instead of shoving the character forcefully into the movie.

Ryan Coogler speaks on the difficulties faced to include Namor in Black Panther 2

Ryan Coogler Black Panther Wakanda Forever
Ryan Coogler

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From the teasers and the promos, as much as we have seen, the story of Namor is changed a lot in the world of live-action. Contrary to the comic book origins of the character which were based on Atlantis, this story is based on the ancient Mayan civilization of Talocan. This change adds a layer of authenticity to the story of the submariner played by Tenoch Huerta.

In the Avatar 2-Esque underwater scenes seen in the clips released from the movie, the tribute given to the cultural heritage can be spotted very clearly. But the process as described by the director of the movie Ryan Coogler was not an easy one. The Black Panther director gave an interview to IndiaMarvel where he described the challenges he faced in showing the submariner.

The director claimed that the transition of the submariner from the pages of the comic books to the frames of the MCU was equally fun and a tough task to pull off.

“The process of bringing Namor into our film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was a really fun process but it was also very tedious.”

Ryan Coogler further expressed that he and his co-writer wanted the process of the inclusion of Namor to be smooth. They didn’t want to forcefully incorporate him in the narrative of the movie and dwell on a more realistic approach instead.

“We didn’t want to shoehorn comic book Namor into our world. We wanted to do everything with the intention of making the best Black Panther movie that we could. You know what I mean and so yeah, we had to find a way to using the same tactics that we used in terms of realizing Wakanda. We had to use those same tactics, you know, culural respect, heavy attention to details, heavy research, and heavy reliance on cultural consultants in terms of bringing Namor and through him,Talocan to life in our film”

Further, he also addressed how James Wan introduced Atlantis in DC’s Aquaman and other directors did their part in bringing Atlantis to life in their projects. Just like them, he wanted to take his own more unique approach to the movie. He wanted to portray it by giving respect to the existing culture.

Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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From the beautiful visuals and the charismatic cinematographic moments received from the movie, it is expected that the underwater kingdom of Talocan will be a visual treat for the audience. Over that the early reviews already show that the makers might have hit the bullseye with this MCU movie.

Black Panther 2 early reviews are incredibly positive

With a span of less than a week remaining for the movie to release, Black Panther 2 already stands in a very favorable position with tons of good reviews up on its sleeve. Following the long series of disappointing Marvel projects, this movie seemingly stops that streak.

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A still from the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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The reviews received by this film are incredibly positive with many even citing the movie as the best venture in Phase 4 of the MCU. Its style of handling the grief of Wakanda’s ruler T’Challa to the conflict with the underwater kingdom, everything is reportedly very well-written.

The movie starring Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and many others also boasts very strong performances. The early reviews claim the movie to be very beautiful as well as a mature project by the house of Marvel. The tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman feels very intimate. Now it will be unfolded in the theaters very soon if the movie can really turn out as a powerful conclusion to Phase 4 of the MCU.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit the theaters on November 11, 2022

Source: IndiaMarvel

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.