Wakanda Forever drops an iconic Namor line

That Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters, one of Marvel’s oldest characters is now officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Namor. Portrayed by Tenoch Huerta in the film, the MCU’s take on Namor is a little different from the character first created by Bill Everett in 1939, as the film adapts Namor’s origins to make him the leader, not the leader. Atlanteans, but of the Talokanil people living in the undersea city of Talokan, an exchange steeped in Mesoamerican history and mythology. But while Namor’s story in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may be a little different, the film provides an incredibly authentic take on the iconic antihero — including the inclusion of his absolutely iconic catchphrase.

Warning: Spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after this point.

In Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverNamor and Shuri (Leticia Wright) – who is the new Black Panther – are locked in battle on the beach towards the end of the film, after Talokan attacks Wakanda for their refusal to form an alliance to take over the surface world. to take. As the two battle, at one point Shuri evokes the Wakandan cry “Wakanda Forever” and Namor responds in kind, shouting “Imperious Rex”, albeit in Yucatan Maya, the language spoken by the Talokanil in the film. Namor’s utterance is subtitled in the film so that it is clear to the audience that the mighty king did indeed say “Imperious Rex”.

What does “Imperious Rex” mean?

It’s an incredible moment for Marvel fans, but especially fans of Namor. “Imperious Rex” is a line the character has used as a rallying cry for decades in comics and while it’s a phrase that doesn’t have an exact meaning even on the pages of comics, there’s a remarkable moment from it Thor #1 in 2018 where Namor says to Thor, “It means I’m going to feed your sad Asgardian skin to the biggest sharks I can find!” – the expression is usually a statement of power and authority, a statement that knocks out the Sub-Mariner when he wants it to be clear that he has power. Getting that moment in live action is just another layer of how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever honored the character’s comic roots while still giving him new origins. The film also acknowledged Namor’s status as Marvel’s “first mutant” by having the character explain this by telling Shuri his history — before the pair became enemies, that is.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now runs exclusively in cinemas.

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