Black Panther Wakanda Forever is the most incredibly beautiful tribute to Chadwick Boseman and his T’Challa while simultaneously moving along its narrative of marginalized groups in an emotionally powerful film. Ryan Coogler meshes heart and vibrancy in film. Packed full of action, Tenoch Huerta brings a new mutant to the MCU. Huerta’s Namor is intense, scary, and mesmerizing.
Tenoch Huerta on Bringing Namor to Black Panther Wakanda Forever
Tenoch Huerta shared a bit about his bringing Namor to the MCU during the recent press day for Black Panther Wakanda Forever.
Once you’ve seen the film, you’ll have a hard time separating Namor—a vicious, murderous antagonist with his sultry voice—from the reasonable man in this interview. It’s obvious why he was cast.
TENOCH: First, it’s an honor to be here. It is tricky when you have a character like this because you are the antagonist.
You gonna destroy something that is viable, not just in the story, but the people, you know? The people outside. A lot of people feel identification with Wakanda, and I include myself in Wakanda, the narrative and representation, and everything.
So, now I have to play the bad guy who destroys—or tries to destroy—that legacy. At the same time, I think Ryan [Coogler], the script, you know, he found a way to make it human, to justify why people do that kind of thing.
So, it doesn’t mean that it is okay or not, you know, that it’s right or not. But it explains, you know? Maybe it’s not an excuse, but it’s a reason, it’s an explanation of why things happen. Why people choose different reactions in front of grief or loss, or whatever, you know, the threat of the life.
And that’s beautiful because it’s human. So, we have these two characters, taking different decisions with the grief and the threat.
And at the same time, they share the same wound, you know, historically. I mean, like, representation of their cultures. But at the same time, as individuals, they share that wound. And how they solve the problem is about their personality and their own history. So, that’s beautiful. That balance in a movie. You know, superhero movies, you have this balance and these layers. It’s fantastic. It doesn’t happen too much and it’s enjoyable.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever in theatres November 11, 2022.
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