Moore noted that Coogler’s desire to include Namor and his underwater kingdom in “Wakanda Forever” arose from the ideas he wanted to explore through the film. “Thematically, Ryan continues to be interested in the themes of colonization and how that affects people,” Moore shared. “By anchoring Namor and the Talokan people in the legacy of Mayan culture, both past and present, he was able to tell a story, … with [co-writer] Joe Robert Cole, that juxtaposed Wakanda, a nation that had never been colonized, with the Talokan people, a nation that had fled colonization to such an extreme that they had to build an underwater kingdom to remain free.
“That thematically makes Namor and Talokan a really good foil to Wakanda because their experiences are so different,” Moore added. “The way they look at the world is different. But their goals are the same, which is to do the best by the people that they rule. It seemed like the right story to tell.”