For Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Hannah Beachler had a daunting task ahead of her. She had to imagine what Talocan and his people would look like, what cultural practices they would have, and most importantly, how it would all work underwater. As Namor relays to Shuri (Letitia Wright) throughout the film, Talocan was formed when his mother and her people escaped the horrors of colonization by drinking an elixir that turned them into water-breathing sea creatures. They took their culture under water and built a city there. Beachler approached Talocan with the same obsessive details as Wakanda.
Speaking to Ebony, Beachler discussed her research process and how the “Wakanda Bible” grew in size, saying, “Our underwater people are Talocan and they are inspired by ancient Mayans. I had to be 100,000 percent immersed in conversations with experts.” Getting the culture right was especially important to Beachler, because he wanted it to feel as rich and real as Wakanda does. “I can’t just throw up a culture,” said them, “even if it’s something that’s explicitly not that culture or inspired by that culture.”