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Black Panther Pics Showcase Namora’s Incredibly Intricate Makeup and Costume

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Behind-the-scenes pictures from Wakanda Forever reveal how much detail went into bringing Mabel Cadena’s Namora to life for the Black Panther sequel.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Namora actor, Mabel Cadena, has recently revealed some behind-the-scenes pictures on her Twitter, showing her in full costume and makeup before any CGI touch-ups.

The ancient Aztec-inspired armor features an incredibly detailed design. Namora’s armor, as shown in the pictures, consists of leather, bone and jade rings, with long fins on her head that evoke a feathered headdress. Her body is painted light blue and the sides of her neck are fitted with a set of prosthetic gills, as part of her character’s heritage as a citizen of Namor’s city of Talokan, the new name for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ‘Atlanteans.’

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Becoming One of the MCU’s Talokanil

Cadena is a Mexican actor who, prior to Wakanda Forever, had only worked on Mexican productions. Cadena says she had no idea that the film she auditioned for was a Marvel production and that she received the role thanks to her skill at acrobatics, horseback riding and boxing. When Cadena found out she had landed the part, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where Wakanda Forever was being produced and spent nine months taking English classes for the role. Additionally, she claims Nahuatl Indigenous ancestry and is fluent in the Nahuatl language.

Marvel’s take on Atlantis debuted in 1939 with Namor, often referred to as the first known anti-hero in comic book history. His cousin, Namora, first appeared eight years later in 1947. Wakanda Forever sought to reimagine both of these characters and the underwater kingdom they came from. Atlantis was renamed to Talokan, based on the Aztec myths of the paradisiacal realm of Tlālōcān, ruled over by the rain-god Tlaloc. This choice served to create an underwater civilization unique not only in name from DC’s Atlantis, but in design as well. The casting of the Talokanil, as well as their redesigned armor and adornments, gives them a distinct Mesoamerican heritage, distinguishing it from the European-esque armor of the DC Aquaman movie or the wetsuits and speedos of previous Marvel comics.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Reviews Hail It a Triumph

The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther earned favorable reviews from critics, who largely praised the depiction of grief and the main cast’s performances. However, many also noted it has an unbalanced story, with its plot involving Riri Williams pointed at specifically. Wakanda Forever landed the third-biggest opening night of 2022 with $28 million, beating its predecessor.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuted on Nov. 11, 2022, and is now playing in theaters.

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