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In the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverwe saw that part of the plot involved Wakandans face to face with ocean dwellers led by Namor of Tenoch Huerta, the leader of a civilization we now know is called Talocan.
News has surfaced from the depths via an official character description of Namor, according to a Marvel-licensed toy from Hasbro as part of their Marvel Legends series. The description reads as follows:
“Ruler of Talocan, an ancient civilization hidden in the depths of the ocean, Namor will stop at nothing to protect his people.”
In the Marvel comics, the underwater civilization that Namor calls home is known as Atlantis. But since the DC Cinematic Universe has already claimed that moniker, so to speak, by releasing their Jason Momoa with Aquamanwe can certainly see why Marvel would want to make a name change.
The name “Talocan” isn’t just a random jumble of letters either; it actually has significant significance in terms of the new rotational director that Ryan Coogler presumably brings to the comic lore. It has been speculated due to some of the character’s costume designs seen in the trailer that the underwater inhabitants have a connection to Aztec or Mayan mythology. And the name update ties directly into that, seemingly confirming such a theory. As ScreenRant Explain,
“The name Talocan is derived from the Aztec legend of Tlālōcān, a paradise kingdom traditionally ruled by the rain god Tlālōc and his consort, the water goddess Chalchiuhtlicue; it is possible that Namor and Namora are these two characters.
Mabel Cadena is the actor who will play Namora, according to wakanda foreverit is IMDb page, one of many new faces we can expect to see in the upcoming sequel.
Michaela Coel, Dominique Thorne and Gigi Bermingham are other actors entering the fold, for the first time, for the film.
Sadly, Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa will be absent from the film after his tragic real-life death from colon cancer. However, Letita Wright’s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Angela Bassett’s Ramonda, Winston Duke’s M’Baku, and Danai Gurira’s Okoye all return for the sequel.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters November 11, 2022