Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Winston Duke says Namor is a character who feels more real than Aquaman.
Earlier this summer the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. Among other things, it gave us our first look at Marvel’s King of Atlantis, Namor the Submariner, and that he would act as some kind of antagonist in the upcoming film. Comparisons would inevitably come up, however, to DC’s own King of Atlantis, Aquaman.
Jason Momoa made his live-action debut as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice before reprising the role in Justice League, and his own solo film, Aquaman. A sequel is currently in development and set to be released next year. Strangely enough, both characters have a lot in common. They’re both rulers of Atlantis, have at least one parent who is human while the other is part of a water-based race, and were both created in the Golden Age of comics. However, Black Panther star Winston Duke seems to think Namor is a character who feels a lot more real.
The Comparisons Begin!
In the Black Panther films, Winston Duke plays M’Baku; T’Challa’s onetime rival turned ally. While speaking to the LA Times, Duke compared Namor to Aquaman, stating that the Marvel character was one who felt more real and grounded in reality:
“In our version, it feels a lot more real than fiction. In the MCU fashion, we’ve grounded it in real cultural significance and cultural traditions. You see the Latinx contingent that is present visually. Ryan Coogler’s creation within the Marvel cinematic landscape is one of deep honor and connection to real stuff. So I think a lot of people are gonna see themselves represented.”
Here is the synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
“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.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming movie and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.