A lot of fans are anticipating the release of the last film of MCU’s Phase 4, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While the trailers of the 2018 Black Panther sequel only gave a small taste of what the movie has in store for the fans, it is certain that Tenoch Huerta’s Namor will become a fan favorite once the film has been released.
As the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Talocan, Tenoch Huerta’s Namor gets into conflict with the Wakandans for some currently unknown reason. As of now, there’s little information on what happened between the Wakandans and the Talocans, but what has been revealed is a seemingly quite comic-accurate take on Marvel’s Submariner.
In the comics, Namor’s look and design are quite unique as far as some other comic book heroes go, with his costume design consisting of green swimming trunks. Namor’s comic-accurate costume design turned out to be quite an annoyance to Tenoch Huerta.
In an interview with Men’s Health, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Tenoch Huerta has a concisely summed up reaction to Namor’s costume:
“The Speedo! F*ck.”
The Namor actor also noted that he began calling the outfit his “shame shorts” while on the set of Wakanda Forever. He also added that he didn’t feel he was physically ready to wear that kind of revealing costume: “I enjoy Mexican food so bad, so I wasn’t in my best shape.” Fortunately for him, he was given some time to train for the role.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever costume designer Ruth E. Carter talked about her approach to designing the attire for Namor and the rest of the people of Talocan. “We’re imagining a community that’s anchored to its own Indigenous past. We were inspired by all of the pageantry that you see in Mesoamerican history. There are these vases that they painted to depict figures in headdresses and all kinds of clothing that I used to inspire the clothing of the Talocan.”
Carter also revealed that they worked with experts in the field of Mayan culture, to make sure that the Talocan culture was depicted just right in the film. “We worked with historians who were experts on the Mayan culture to learn about what part of the trajectory of the ancient Mesoamerica area we would draw from. And so we looked at beautiful sculptures of different scenes depicting the lifestyle of post-classic Yucatán, and the feathered-serpent figures were the ones that were the most powerful looking.”
MCU’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 11, 2022.