Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Star Tenoch Huerta (credited in the film as Tenoch Huerta Mejía) says his take on Marvel’s Namor has already had a very noticeable, and very positive, effect on the Latin American community, particularly among people with brown skin.
During an interview with Rolling StoneHuerta was asked if he had seen anything that really shocked wakandan foreverThe significant representation of Latin America sink. “I think there’s something weird in Latin America… well, it’s not weird, it’s normal,” the actor replied. “In Latin America, especially in Mexico, being white in Mexico is exactly the same as being white in the United States, exactly the same as being white in London, England or being white in Europe. The only thing is when the whites from Mexico move to the United States, they are Latino, but if they return to Mexico, they reserve all the privilege, exactly the same as in [the] USA. So speaking from that point, representation is important to everybody people in Latin America. I hate to say Latinos, because America is a continent. But you take the name for yourself, and then you make a difference by calling us Latin Americans,” she laughed. “But all of us, we are Americans.”
Huerta continued: “The thing is that Latin America is a region, we share the language, and that’s it. We have different cultures, we have different ways of life, we have different points of view, and we solve the problems of our life.” in a different way. That is the diversity that exists in Latin America, and I love it. Its beautiful. But I think it’s more about people with brown skin because being white in Latin America, as I mentioned before, is the same as being white. in the U.S. So, the people who live in Latin America, they all feel represented and that’s beautiful for me. It is an honor”.
He explained: “But something different is happening for brown-skinned people in Latin America, whether we’re mestizo or indigenous, it doesn’t matter too much. Of course, indigenous people have another history and they have other oppressions, other experiences. But I think in Generally speaking, brown-skinned people feel more attached to [to] character. That’s my perception, because a lot of posts are coming from social media and most of them are from brown-skinned people saying, ‘Hey man, I’m finally proud of my skin color. Finally, I can feel represented. Finally, I can see someone like me. He’s not just a superhero, he’s a person like me in a powerful role, in a powerful movie that makes this strong performance.'”
Huerta concluded: “So even though all Latin Americans, white or black or brown or whatever, feel represented, I think what’s happening with brown-skinned people is something different. I think it’s more powerful, it’s more intimate. and it affects all of them in a different way. That’s my perception, and of course my perception is that it comes from social media and all these beautiful expressions that they’re making about the character.” The actor is also well aware that Latinos have “done a couple of murals of the character, and there’s even a cakes store that has the image of Namor now. Because it became a cultural thing, and people are embracing this character. That’s pretty fantastic. I don’t want to be disrespectful to all the people in Latin America, of course. And I feel proud to be an inhabitant of this region of the world. But yeah, I think the impact on brown-skinned people is different.
Created by Bill Everett, Namor (aka Sub-Mariner) first appeared in the weekly movie humor #1, cover dated April 1939. The character then made his first appearance for Timely Comics (the publisher that would eventually become Marvel Comics) in marvel comics #1, released in August 1939. In the comics, Namor is the anti-hero ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and his introduction predates DC’s Aquaman by two years.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, Namor de Huerta rules the underwater kingdom of Talokan, inspired by Aztec and Mayan culture. Talokan resides in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Yucatan coast. Huerta was born in Ecatepec, Mexico. He is of partial Nahua and Purépecha descent, although he does not self-identify as indigenous. Before joining the MCU as Namor, he starred in TV shows like Narcos: Mexico and in movies like the eternal purge.
Watch Namor Rule Talokan in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverin theaters now.
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