This is the hidden meaning of “Imperius Rex!”, the cry with which Namor confronts Shuri at the end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Without a doubt, one of the most impressive moments of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is that final battle where shuri (Letitia Wright) faces Namor (Tenoch Huerta). The fight between the new Black Panther and the ruler of Talocan not only brings tension to viewers, but also debuts a mythical phrase from comics that perhaps very few knew: “Imperius Rex!”.
But what does this mean war cry that he submariner roars before being defeated by the protector of wakandan? This is his story and his appearance in some of the most famous numbers of Marvel.
What does “Imperius Rex” mean, Namor’s battle cry in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
Before agreeing to a alliance that puts an end to the sudden war between Talocan Y wakandanits maximum representatives –shuri Y Namor– fight on the shores of the African nation in a duel of life and death. Before executing a strategy that would weaken her opponent, the heir to the throne gallantly says “Wakanda forever!” (Wakanda Forever!), to which Namor responds with a solemn “Imperius Rex!”.
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Although the character was given an origin Maya on his way to the big screen, the scream intoned by the warrior comes straight from the comics and means “king of the empire” In latin. Although her appearance in Namor’s adventures established her as a characteristic phrase –or catchphrase– of the antiherothere does not seem to be a concrete explanation of why he says it.
One of the most accepted theories, according to the official website of Marvel, is that Namor shouts “Imperius Rex!” for “declare his royal will and sovereign power as ruler of Atlantis“, as well as “issue a clear warning to anyone who dares defy his will”. If the purpose is to scare anyone who comes into combat with the “King of the Empire” in the Marvel Universe, the scream is a success.
In which Marvel comics does the battle cry “Imperius Rex” appear?
The first time Namor used the phrase “Imperius Rex!” in the comics it was in number 70 of Tales to Astonishpublished in 1965.
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After applying it as a victory cry after beating Krang in the #87 of Tales to Astonishthe phrase became a synonym for the threat posed by the king of atlantis. During the following years, the warlike expression was established as one of the character’s stampsto the extent that it appeared on the cover of the #70 of submarinerwhere Gil Kane, Frank Giacoia Y Gaspar Saladino they faced the anti-hero with a group of horrible aquatic creatures.
Recently, Namor confronted the pro-registration forces of Hombre de Hierro -in Civil War #7-, the Lost Tribes leaders -in Fantastic Four #585– already members of the avengers and the X Men -in Avengers vs. X-Men #8– reminding them in Latin who the “King of the Empire” is.
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under the protection of Black Pantherthe African nation of wakandan has blossomed, but after a mysterious secret meeting, T’Challathe actual Black Panther and governor of wakandan, returns home seriously injured and in a coma. Though wakandan It is a powerful nation capable of defending itself, its strength comes directly from its leader, the Black Panther. Yes T’Challa does not wake up it will be necessary to name a successor.
The time has finally come for shurithe younger sister of T’Challa, wear the cloak; but, as she takes the first steps in the dangerous spiritual ritual destined to make her the new Black Panther, we see that the stakes have never been so high. An unstoppable force is heading towards wakandan:Morlun He’s back and he’s hungry!
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