‘Black Panther 2’ Hired Culture Scholars to Change Villain’s Backstory

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Tenoch Huerta as Namor

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Tenoch Huerta’s Namor confesses that his character won’t be the character fans remember from the comics.

Tenoch Huerta as Namor
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) will be the last MCU movie for Phase Four, and fans may have already heard about some of the changes happening with Namor. Not only will the Atlantean Prince have his home be changed, but the character’s culture has been completely changed.

Huerta shared with fans earlier this year that Marvel changed Namor to fit more with the “modern world” as the character needed to have some changes. Fans are not quite happy with the changes, but it seems that Marvel even hired some experts on Latin American culture to rework Namor’s culture.

Namor as a little child watching a house burn
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Huerta shared in a recent interview how these scholars helped shape Namor’s new culture for Wakanda Forever:

Tenoch Huerta says that actual Mexican and Latin American scholars were hired for the development of Namor’s new culture in Wakanda Forever. (he also talks about the still present white supremacy in Latin America and how the media there is very white, despite the brown majority)

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While some fans might be excited about the changes, people who have known about Namor for a long time probably won’t recognize the character anymore. With all these changes, it’s hard to understand what Marvel planned for Namor.

After Black Panther 2, Namor won’t be seen as a super villain and will probably get his movie or Disney+ series. Still, it will be hard to know if fans will be excited for the new super hero after Marvel completely changes the character.

Namor walking towards the shore
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Representation is always important in the MCU, but Namor is being changed to check off another box instead of bringing another diverse character.

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King Namor touching a mural
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Here’s an official synopsis for the movie:

In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.

Shuri on a throne on fire with water flooding in.
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Phase Four might be coming to a close, but MCU fans have a lot to look forward to with Phase Five and Phase Six. On Disney+, you can watch Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness is now on Disney+ with  Thor: Love and Thunder in theaters, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is released on November 11.

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