Thanks to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, one of Marvel’s oldest characters is now in the MCU – Namor. But while Namor is finally in live action, as played by Tenoch Huerta, the movie makes some major changes to the iconic character by giving the hero a new background and origin. Now Marvel producer Nate More lays out some of the key character changes, from the pages of comics to the screen. In an appearance on The Town podcast with Matthew Belloni (via The direct), Moore broke not only the character’s new Mesoamerican legacy, but also his relationship with Wakanda.
In comics, Namor and Black Panther definitely don’t get along and their two nations often go to war with each other. While we see Wakanda and Talokan fighting in Wakanda Forever, there’s a bit of a shift as the two nations eventually come to a truce, but Moore said they kept the comics in mind.
“Yes, it’s no secret that Ryan [Coogler] was a fan of Namor, has been a fan of Namor for a long time,” Moore said. And in publishing, the nation of Wakanda and the nation of Atlantis often found themselves at odds. And Namor and Black Panther don’t really like each other.”
He also explained that the shift to a Mayan-inspired history helped anchor the character in the real world.
“But if you think about it from a movie standpoint, what’s interesting about publishing is that Atlantis feels very Greco-Roman, vaguely drawn, and Namor’s backstory isn’t as interesting as you’d like it to be. And this is from someone who knows all Namor read books. It was like… it doesn’t have the depth it could have. And Ryan, as a filmmaker, likes things to be really anchored in the real world. So even when he was building Wakanda, he was it wasn’t the techno jungle of publishing, it was, “Hey, here’s a place that’s really based on African cultures. And I think the specificity of that world is part of what made that first movie a success.”
That background change also caused the story to become colonized.
And Ryan, again, is interested in exploring themes of colonization like he was in the first movie, and started looking at countries that went through that, and found some Mayan pottery with glyphs on it, where the people were blue, ” he said. . “And he was like, ‘Oh, that’s pretty interesting,’ and started doing some research on the history of Maya people in the past and today, and was like, ‘Oh, here’s an anchor point that would be really interesting. could be, ‘ that gives Namor a specificity and now gives the world of Talokan a specificity that is both narratively true to the story me and Ryan wanted to tell and also visually an incredibly rich playground to talk about.
How important is Namor to the public?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever made some major changes to Namor with the film’s character played by Tenoch Huerta, who hails not from Atlantis but from Talokan, a world influenced by the rich myths and history of Mesoamerican culture. Huerta has spoken before about how important that representation is.
“It’s important that people see themselves in the film in this way,” Huerta said Variety. “It’s made with great respect for the Mesoamerican culture, especially the Mayan culture. It’s the roots of almost everyone in Latin America. We have native roots, black roots, we have some white roots, but it’s It’s great to be here and represent this kind of movie and I think Wakanda is the best place to make it.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in theaters now.
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