‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Toys Reveal Major Changes to Namor’s Origins

On stage at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios finally gave the world its first look at Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The highly-anticipated sequel had been the subject of rumors for quite some time, but with a trailer now online and the full cast revealed, the film’s biggest secret is out in the open. Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, and his Atlantean army will serve as the project’s main antagonists, finally bringing Marvel’s first major character to the big screen. The only thing is, Namor and his army might not be Atlantean at all.

Following the film’s formal unveiling at Hall H, Hasbro began its official marketing push for its release. The company’s website is now accepting pre-orders for all Wakanda Forever-related merchandise, including a Marvel Legends action figure of Namor himself. The description of the Sub-Mariner’s figure describes him not as the King of Atlantis, but as the ruler of a hidden undersea civilization called “Talocan” instead. While this change may seem strange at first, it actually makes a lot more sense with a dive under the surface. Marvel Studios likely wants to differentiate their underwater kingdom from the popular depiction of Atlantis shown in Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman franchise, and they’re doing so by tying it to real-world mythology.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Namor and his people appear to be connected to Aztec and Mayan culture, and the name “Talocan” is further proof of this. In Aztec legend, Tlālōcān is a mythological realm of paradise ruled by the rain god Tlālōc. Marvel Studios has seemingly designated this hydro-heaven as their version of Atlantis, with Namor and his Royal bloodline possibly filling the Tlālōc role. Interestingly, Talocan does exist in the comics, as the home of the Tēteoh pantheon of gods. With so many recent God-based projects, like Moon Knight and Thor: Love and Thunder, it will be curious to see if Marvel claims Namor and his society as Gods themselves, or if they just really wanted to use the name.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11th.

Source: Screen Rant

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