In another example of his apparent disdain for the material on which the films he works are based, Marvel Studios producer Nate Moore supported the changes made to Namor’s character in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on the grounds that they “really anchored him in that world in a truth that publishing never landed on.”
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Moore, who in addition to producing the latest Black Panther Outting has also offered his services for other MCU entries such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and eternaloffered his defense of the new characterization of the Sub-Mariner as a Mesoamerican-inspired “Loveless Boy” during a recent interview with The Wrap centered around the character’s future.
Given that Namor’s film rights are in a similar state of flux to Hulk’s – Universal still owns the film rights to both, and therefore cannot appear in any solo films, only in projects of ensemble – Moore confirmed to the shop’s Drew Taylor that while the aquatic anti-hero “may return,” being “on loan” meant he was indeed subject to the same restrictions as the Jade Giant.
“Honestly it affects us more, and not to talk too much outside of school, but in how we market the film than how we use it in the film,” he added.
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However, while Universal’s deal to bring Namor back to Marvel presented issues regarding how his character could be marketed, Moore revealed that said deal had no such guidelines in terms of ” the things we couldn’t do from a character perspective for him.”
“Which is good because clearly,” Moore stated, “we took a lot of inspiration from the source material, but we also made some big changes to really anchor it in that world in a truth that the publication didn’t never really arrived I would say. , largely.”
“I’ve read every Namor comic ever written, and I love them, but the world of Atlantis is a little drawn out,” he then argued “Maybe it’s some kind of novel, maybe.”
“So Ryan is such a detail-oriented filmmaker that he wanted to anchor in something that felt as tangible and as real as we hope Wakanda feels to people,” Moore later recalled, seemingly confirming that “the truth ” in which the MCU Atlanteans were. rooted in the era only tied to their new Mesoamerican identities.
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“And I think there’s been nothing on the business side to stop us from doing that anyway, which is great,” he concluded.
While unfortunate, Moore’s pride in ignoring Namor’s established character comes as no surprise, given how the producer considers it a “red flag” if a potential Marvel Studios writer is a fan of the comic books original drawings.
“One thing that I find interesting, and especially for writers I would say, is that a lot of times we’re featured writers who love Marvel, and to me that’s always a red flag,” Moore told host Matthew Belloni during a appearances on the November 16 episode of The Ringer’s The city podcast.
“I don’t want you to already have a pre-existing idea of what it is because you grew up with the comics and that’s what you want to recreate,” he opined. “I want somebody who’s going to be tough on the material, who can say, ‘What is this? I think there’s a movie here. but maybe we should look at it this way'”
“I think it’s important to be able to say, ‘Look, the source material is great, and I love it, and the comics work great in the environment they’re built in, but this isn’t a direct, one-to-one translation at its best. the film”, he said. “And sometimes it takes someone outside the culture to say, ‘Hey, I know you think it should be this, but maybe it should be that, too!'”
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