Namor himself debunks the notion of romance with Shuri in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been out for almost two weeks now and we’re still trying to decipher everything from this genre-defining sequel. A big question fans still have about the film is whether Namor (Tenoch Huerta) had a romance with Shuri (Letitia Wright).

Huerta spoke with them Rolling Stone about his role in the film and whether or not there was spark between the two characters – the hero and the villain. Reporter Brian Hiatt pointed out that the two characters had a “romantic chemistry” and asked if that was intentional.

The scenes in question are when Shuri is in Namor’s cave and he gives her clothes just for her and eventually takes her hand. He later gives her his mother’s bracelet. Pretty obvious why people made these connections. Huerta put an end to this idea.

“I don’t think it was a romantic note [between them]. I think it was more of a human, intimate touch. I mean, in the history of their kingdoms, the history of their people, they share the same root and the threat to both comes from the same place for the same reason.”

Huerta said it was the idea of ​​a threat that drew the two characters towards each other and helped them bond.

“Both are historically threatened by western countries like the United States and France because of vibranium, natural resources. I think they connect in that aspect.”

It’s important that it feels natural, he said.

“I mean, when you meet someone and you have a good relationship, whether that person is the gender you prefer or not, you always have this ambiguous relationship. It is normal. It’s human.

“Whether it can develop into a romantic relationship or not? I do not know. It wasn’t our intention. It might or might not happen.”

The Mexican actor said the really beautiful thing about Namor and Shuri’s relationship is that it doesn’t “need to be romantic to be deep.

“It doesn’t have to be romantic to be beautiful, bright and intimate. And this connection between a man and a woman on different levels does not necessarily have to end in a romantic relationship. And that’s beautiful, you know?”

Still, some of Huerta’s personal feelings bled through. Apparently he hates romantic love and calls it “poison”. Wow, who hurt him?

“These characters create something… I don’t know. It was magical but not necessarily romantic.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in cinemas. Namor himself debunks the notion of romance with Shuri in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Lindsay Lowe

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