Undoubtedly, one of the most discussed aspects of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever it was the Namor of Tenoch Huerta. The actor’s performance and the story they gave him in the script made Namor a one of the best villains in the MCU. But his impressive outfit also helped, made up of pieces that take up certain elements of Mayan culture. However, before arriving at that design, there were others that were on the list to reach the big screen.
The designer anthony francisco used his Instagram account to present some designs that did not make it to the final cut of Wakanda forever. The first of these features a different necklace for the villain.
“It was a pleasure designing Namor’s necklace. He looked at Mayan glyphs and architecture for inspiration. But the inspiration came to me in a dream. In it I saw two snakes in the necklace. I woke up and started designing with Kukulkan in my mind. The two snakes represented the duality of Kukulkan. He is the giver of life and death. The pearl in the center represents the sun or life, depending on how you see it. The winged serpent presents you with the sun or takes it from you.
He also added that the history of Mexico was a very interesting aspect to analyze, but also emotional because of the language that was taken from the people and the subsequent colonization. These elements constituted the “saddest part” of his investigation. And it is that Francisco also comes from a territory colonized by Spaniards.
Below is an image of the design made by the artist Alexi Briclot. He was in charge of designing Namor’s “flights”. You can see another type of armor for the shoulders, pants that cover the legs, and a special artifact on the nose.
“The task was to make it look believable and cool. We were avoiding the old stereotype of Superman flying with one fist forward. It was about finding another, fresher way.”
Another of his designs allows us to see a greater integration of water in his acrobatics, as well as a necklace with a greater prominence of blue.
One of the most different designs comes from Addy Granov. Here you can see a much more warrior Namor and with a dark outfit.
But if we are talking about distant designs in the end, that is Karl Lindberg’s. As far as can be seen, the character’s skin was bluer in that version. He also carried a different weapon and haircut. Basically, he looked more like Attuma than to the final version we had of Namor in the MCU.
Another prominent detail is the antagonist’s plume. Here he has a skull in the center and it’s much simpler than the one in the movie. A different version allows us to appreciate certain octopus details.
The work of Phil Boutte it is even more noticeable. His conceptual art stands out for the wings that Namor’s costume has and how they integrate into the underwater environment.
Finally, it also presents a new version of the iconic necklace. The scene that was visualized is the first meeting of the underwater mutant with Queen Ramonda and Shuri. If something stands out in the dark, it is the necklace with less blue touches and more oriented towards diamonds.
Did you like the outfit with which we were introduced to Namor in the MCU? Which of these versions would have looked spectacular on the big screen? If you want to make the comparisons, remember that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It is in theaters all over Mexico.
Juan Jose Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the theater up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror movie.