Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Production designer Hannah Beachler recently claimed that the film will indeed include Atlantis despite promotional material from Marvel Studios making it clear that Namor will no longer reside in Atlantis, but rather the Mesoamerican kingdom of Talokan.
In a press release for their latest trailer, Marvel Studios confirmed that the realm’s name is Talokan.
The official synopsis reads: “In the film, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must unite with the help of War Dog Nakia ( Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and chart a new course for the kingdom of Wakanda. Featuring Tenoch Huerta as Namor, King of Talokan, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.
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However, this is in contrast to the original comics where Namor was depicted as an Atlantean figure.
In Fantastic Four Annual #1 published in 1963, Namor was crowned “Prince of Atlantis, Emperor of the Deep, Lord of the Seven Seas and Supreme Commander of the Submarine Legions!”
So it’s a little surprising that Beachler claimed Atlantis was in the movie, which she actually did when discussing it with Entertainment Weekly.
She told the outlet, “We took a deep dive because we wanted to get it right. I think it will be the coolest Atlantis you will ever see. With Ryan Coogler at the helm, it’s going to be special. »
It’s possible that she misspoke and refers to Talokan as Atlantis, or that Marvel Studios is giving Atlantis a reskin, creators like Beachler are still treating it as Atlantis.
Another oddity is the fact that Entertainment Weekly also spells Talokan as Talocan, which is how other outlets have promoted the kingdom.
Maybe Marvel Studios still hasn’t figured out how they want to spell it because they’re worried that one of the spellings will be offensive.
What’s more than likely is that this is just another sign of the decline in quality from Marvel Studios that we’ve seen over the past few years since they decided to change their entire commercial strategy. Notably, they shifted from prioritizing character and story to ensure they focused on identity and representation as well as real-world political themes.
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Marvel Studios executive Victoria Alonso announced the change at Marvel Studios in 2021 when she appeared at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.
During a panel discussion at the festival, Alonso answered a question about Marvel movies always opening at number one worldwide, “the reason we consistently have this success is that our audience is global. You can’t have an audience world and not start representing it in some way… For us, it was really, really, really important to have that.
She continued, “For a very long time, we’ve heard that a female-led movie will never open. I say, ‘Please check, Captain Marvel makes a lot of money. Then they always told us that Black Panther was never going to open and nobody wanted an all-black cast, and it made $1.3 billion.
“So you can look at it from a social point of view, from a cultural point of view. But truth be told, it’s a business. From a tax standpoint, you’re leaving money on the table by not representing,” Alonso explained.
She also hinted at this shift in business strategy during a Reddit AMA in 2019 when she said, “The best part about working for Marvel Studios is 100% all of it. But above all, being able to show new generations the characters that represent them in every way has given me great pride.
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Marvel Studios’ box office didn’t do well after the release of Avengers: Endgame, which grossed $2.797 billion at the worldwide box office.
Since then, the only films to break the billion dollar mark have been co-productions with Sony Pictures. Spider-Man: Far From Home earned $1.1 billion and Spider-Man: No Way Home earned $1.9 billion.
Black Widow earned a paltry $379.7 million. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings only grossed $432.2 million. Eternals earned $402 million. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was just under $1 billion with $952 million, but Thor: Love and Thunder only earned $746 million, far less than its predecessor Thor: Ragnarokwhich grossed $850.4 million in 2017.
What do you think of Beachler’s claim that Atlantis will feature in the film? Do you think it’s just a blunder?
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