, 2022-11-15 04:12:12,
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.’
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.