Tenoch Huerta takes a look at Namor’s future in the MCU following his introduction to Ryan Coogler’s highly anticipated sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Prior to the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, star Tenoch Huerta discusses Namor’s potential future in the MCU. After finding success with 2018’s Black PantherDirector Ryan Coogler returns at the helm of the film’s sequel, which will mark the official end of Phase 4 of the MCU. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows the people of Wakanda as they deal with powerful new players on the world stage, while also mourning the loss of their king. The tough decision to kill King T’Challa within the MCU was made following the tragic death of actor Chadwick Boseman in 2020.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever sees the return of characters like Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, and Angela Bassett’s Ramonda, but also introduces some notable newcomers. Huerta’s Namor will finally make its big screen debut in the upcoming movie, as one of the film’s antagonists. Huerta has already teased that his character is more of an antihero than a straightforward villain, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailers that give a first look at his comics-accurate looks and unique powers. Namor serves as the leader of the underwater kingdom of Talocan, with wings at his ankles, which trailers have shown will be a formidable adversary.
In a recent interview with Total movie (through the direct)Tenoch Huerta discusses Namor’s future in the MCU after his introduction in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While the actor isn’t giving away anything concrete, he certainly seems excited by the prospect of exploring Namor’s rich history in the MCU if given the chance. Check out Huerta’s full comment below when asked if fans can expect additional Namor MCU appearances:
“I hope so! I hope so!! Because I want a bigger contract! I want more zeros in my contract! No, I’m kidding. I mean, the mythology surrounding Namor is huge. You can be crazy with all this cultural aspect, and you can create a lot of things with Namor, because they use a fantastic source of stories and mythology and religion and everything. So I hope they decide to continue with the character, beyond his own story or whatever.”
How Black Panther 2 Could Set Up Namor’s Future in the MCU
Although Namor appears to have been established as a major source of antagonism in Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverHuerta’s previous description of his character as an antihero certainly means he could play an exciting role in the future. After all, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki was introduced as a villain of sorts in 2012 The avengers but would later play a pivotal role in the MCU and now even has its own series on Disney+. While a conflict between Wakanda and Namor’s Talocan seems inevitable in the upcoming film, the two countries may eventually also put their differences aside, allowing for some exciting team-ups in the future.
Huerta has also confirmed that, like his comic book counterpart, Namor is a mutant in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. After Mrs. Marvel introduced the MCU’s first mutant with Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), excitement was building about the role mutants will play in future Marvel movies, and Namor could be a pivotal part of that after the events of the upcoming movie. While there are still many mysteries about Namor’s role in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverconfirms Huerta’s commentary that the star hopes to play this role for many future films.
Source: Total Film (via the direct)
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