Wakanda Forever’ and the humans behind the superpowers

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever features Letitia Wright’s Shuri as you’ve never seen her before and features the infamous Marvel anti-hero Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta.

Shuri inspired a lot of people in the first movie, especially when it comes to black women and young black girls in STEM. It’s something Wright hopes to continue with the sequel, also considering Shuri’s powerful arc in this film.

“I hope this continues to inspire young girls around the world, especially young black girls and women around the world – that they are beautiful, that they are innovative, that they are powerful and that their spirit is truly beautiful and contributes positively to the world,” Wright told Shadow and Act in a recent interview. “So if this continues to be encouraging, if Shuri continues to be an inspiration to a little girl who says she wants to be in science, technology, engineering and math, then great, I did my job.”

Huerta plays Namor, a character with so much charisma but at the same time, effectively shows that he is serious. The conflict between Wakanda and his home, Talokan is a big part of the film.

Of Namor’s dichotomy being presented, Huerta tells us, “I think the key is to embrace those contrasts [and] embrace both sides of the character. Ryan and I decided to go for the human being behind everything. He’s just a human [and] normal ordinary man in the best possible way, but he’s an ordinary man with these superpowers. But in the end, it’s just a human being with all the complexity. His motivation is simply to protect his people, to protect his city, his kingdom and his culture. And from there, if you take that point to start with, you can create this character that has both parts. Of course, he is terrible because he decided to do anything, no matter the cost and [he] could be scary, in a way. But at the same time, it’s like, okay, but I should do the same to protect my people, you know? So it’s magnificent and that’s the complexity of this film.

Watch the full interviews below, which also include Lupita Nyong’o, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livinalli and director Ryan Coogler:

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