That's the title of one of my favourite songs. The most lethal, the most essential thing is to hear your own voice. Also, keeping up with the idea of writing as catharsis, this one blog is dedicated all to myself. More solipsism would be hard to find. And I like it like that. Oh, and this is a queer (and self-proclaimed 'ADULT') blog so go ahead, make your day... mine is done.
When I went to see Wakanda Forever (in a movie theater, mind you!) I knew I was in for a treat. What I did not know is that the treat was going to be K'uk'ulkan (or Namor, as his enemies call him). The moment that man came out of the water I though: this is it.
There is a certain magnetism is some men that goes beyond their physical beauty. And Tenoch Huerta is a handsome man, or at least I think so. But he's also very attractive, there's sex appeal galore in the way he moves, the way he walks, the way he talks. It's that kind of intense sex appeal that does not need a six pack or big pecs to give me the tingle to mingle. Tenoch is a man, baby. And I did feel that every second he was on the screen. If they make another movie with Namor, I'll be going to the theater to see it.
He's also smart, natch. Here he is talking about what representation means to him:
I think there is something weird in Latin America…well, it’s not weird, it’s normal. In Latin America, especially in Mexico — to be white in Mexico is exactly the same as being white in the States, exactly the same to be white in London, England, or to be white in Europe. The only thing is when the white people from Mexico moves to the States, they are Latins. But if they come back to Mexico, they reserve all the privilege, exactly the same as in United States. So speaking from that point, the representation is important for all the people in Latin America. I hate to say Latins, because America’s a continent. But you take the name for you, and then you make the difference calling us Latin Americans [laughs]. But all of us, we’re Americans.
And I agree. Black Panther does have an incredible diverse cast and the most bad-ass of them all are women. But in Wakanda Forever we get to see Namor's people, who in the movie speak a Mayan language and are inspired by an Aztec myth (well, if they are gonna go in, the better go all the way!), a reimagining of the original Namor in the Marvel comics. I would say the movie won by making this choice of portraying Namor and his people this way. IMHO it added depth to the story. After all, Atlantis does not relate to the Americas, and the feathered serpent definitely belongs to them. Making the Talokan nation and its people Mesoamerican, adds another layer to the ideas of colonialism that the movie touches.
I definitely like Aquaman, as portrayed by Jason Momoa, but Namor as portrayed by Tenoch Huerta? Yes, please! I also think that making clear they come from different places (Altantis vs. Talokan) leaves room for each character to breathe. I also think that more than an antagonist in Wakanda Forever, Namor is more like a counterpoint to Shuri's Black Panther. They both want to protect their people from the exploitative colonizers. What better way to join forces even though some fights (and deaths) get in the way?
So if you have not seen Wakanda Forever, I strongly recommend it. Not only for the popcorn value and the fanboy experience, but because Tenoch Huerta really is worth the price of the ticket. Also, the moment Shuri says she's going to go see her favorite colonizer? I lost it.