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Lesser known facts about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

The Marvel Cinematic Universe concluded its Phase 4 with the box-office-shattering Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther was met with critical acclaim and was praised for its new characters, compelling story, and sombre tone.

Lesser known facts about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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  • Nikhil Kumar

Last Updated: 11.13 AM, Nov 17, 2022

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe concluded its Phase 4 with the box-office-shattering Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel to the 2018 film Black Panther was met with critical acclaim and was praised for its new characters, compelling story, and somber tone. So for today’s Now You Know podcast we take a look at some of the lesser-known facts about the film.

  1. Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta essayed the role of Namor, the ruler of a hidden kingdom called Talocan at the bottom of the ocean. When director Ryan Coogler quizzed Huerta about his swimming skills Huerta responded by saying that he had never drowned. This response was to hide the fact that Huerta was not a proficient swimmer. The actor took swimming lessons after he was confirmed for the role.
  2. The film’s production was significantly affected by the passing of its lead actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020. Marvel Studios decided not to recast the role and instead took the story in a new direction. However, Boseman’s brother, Derrick, argued that that character should not have been retired, and he also stressed that he believed that Chadwick would’ve wanted the character of King T’Challa to continue his journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  3. Marvel Studios announced that Dominique Thorne would essay the role of Riri Williams aka Iron Heart in her own standalone Disney+ series titled Iron heart. The character debuted in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in an important supporting role. However, the Judas and the Black Messiah star had earlier auditioned for the role of Shuri in the first Black Panther film. The role eventually went to Letitia Wright who would take over the mantle of the Black Panther in the sequel.
  4. The film introduces a new culture and kingdom called the Talocans to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a manner similar to how Wakanda was introduced in the original film. In order to create this fictional world the writers took inspiration from the Aztec culture and the water God named Tlaloc. The actors who played the roles of the Talocans were even asked to learn the Mayan language.
  5. The similarities between DC’s Aquaman and Marvel’s Namor are hard to miss. In fact, in Marvel comics, Namor is the ruler of the underwater realm called Atlantis, identical to his DC comics counterpart who is also the ruler of an underwater realm called Atlantis. In order to avoid any confusion the writers decided not to use Atlantis and instead opted for a kingdom inspired by the Aztecs.
  6. The throne room of Namor features a carefully crafted design. At its center is an incredibly large jaw and teeth of a prehistoric creature. Production designer Hannah Beachler has revealed that it belongs to the giant prehistoric shark called the megalodon. This impressive creature lived millions of years ago and is believed to have been at least 66 feet or 20 meters in length

Well that's the OTTplay Now You Know episode for today, until the next time it's your host Nikhil signing out.

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