Black Panther 2 director defends Namor's comics-accurate design

Published : 04 Oct 2022 09:36 PM

Black Panther 2 director Ryan Coogler defends keeping Namor's comics-accurate design for his MCU debut, saying the genre requires "weird stuff."

On the heels of getting the first proper look at the character, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler speaks out in defense of keeping Namor's comics-accurate design. The next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will see the titular kingdom rocked by the sudden death of King T'Challa, a story decision made to honor late star Chadwick Boseman. The various tribes of Wakanda will have to come together when rival nation Talocan attempt to invade as it's left without a Black Panther.

Tenoch Huerta, known for his work in The Forever Purge and Narcos: Mexico, will be leading the forces of Talocan as their king, Namor. Huerta has teased that the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever antagonist will retain a number of elements from his comic book counterpart, including his being a mutant and being more of an antihero than an outright villain, with his character simply looking to protect his people after they are inadvertently exposed to the outside world. The newly released Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer offered a lot more for audiences to learn about Namor, including a unique element that has left some feeling divided.

In honor of the new trailer's release, Ryan Coogler caught up with Entertainment Weekly to offer new insight for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. When looking at the film's antagonist, the co-writer/director explained his decision for wanting to go for Namor's comics-accurate design, namely his ankle wings, explaining that the comic book genre calls for filmmakers to "lean into the weird stuff." See what Coogler explained below:

I think with making these types of movies, you've got to lean into the weird stuff, or you risk missing what makes it fun. He's got really unique features and things that don't necessarily go together. He can breathe underwater, obviously, but he's got these little wings on his ankles. He's got pointy ears and walks around in his underwear. It's all fun, man.