Tenoch Huerta and Mabel Cadena Bring Latino Representation to Black Panther

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San Diego Comic-Con was the scene of one of the most important moments for Latino representation in Hollywood. During the event, Marvel unveiled the first trailer for “Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever,” with Mexican actors Tenoch Huerta and Mabel Cadena joining the star-studded cast.

The film’s trailer was emotional and caused great anticipation, especially after the death of its star Chadwick Boseman.

However, this was a unique moment in history for Latino audiences.

Tenoch Huerta will play Namor, and Mabel Cadena will play Namora. The latter assured Cultura Colectiva how important it is to reach Hollywood with a character that seeks to demonstrate the power that Mexican women have, as well as to serve as a testimony to other Latina actresses that it is possible to conquer international productions.

“I see this opportunity as a hope. Although we know that things are difficult because there are few opportunities, and some actors and actresses have it more complicated than others, in the end, we are managing to get in. I have a lot of hope, there is still a lot of work ahead, but colleagues like Tenoch Huerta or Yalitza Aparicio have worked to open doors for us,” said the actress.

With more than ten years in the industry, Cadena has participated in mostly Mexican series such as Monarca and Señorita 89 and films such as “El Baile de Los 41.”

Now, with her role in Marvel’s multi-million dollar production, the actress joins colleagues like Yalitza Aparicio and Tenoch Huerta, her partner in Black Panther, in breaking stereotypes in the industry.

For his part, Huerta recalled the importance of inclusion during the San Diego event.

“I’m excited, and I’m so happy to be here; it’s an honor. And I want to say something really fast about inclusion. I come from the hood, seriously. And thanks to inclusion, I’m here,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without inclusion. A lot of kids out there in their hoods are looking at us, dreaming of being here, and they’re gonna make it! They’re gonna make it.”

“And the second thing. Sorry, I need to switch to Spanish. Thank you to everybody, all my country folk, all the Latin Americans. You crossed the river, and you left everything you loved behind. Thanks to that, I am here. Thank you. By the way, Namor is amazing.”