Sub-Mariner’s MCU Debut Will Be Black Panther 2’s Main Villain
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would find its main villain in Namor the Submarine.
Rumors have swirled that Namor the Submariner will be playing a starring role in the upcoming Black Panther sequel, though the nature of her role remained unclear and unconfirmed. Insider Charles Murphy was recently asked how important Namor’s role would be in wakanda foreverto which he replied, “I mean he’s the main antagonist, so…”
In February 2022, photos leaked of the set of wakanda forever fueled new speculation that Namor would appear in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel. The behind-the-scenes photo showed a film crew in a large pool of water, apparently to film scenes featuring the lost city of Atlantis and Namor the Submarine, both of which would have played leading roles in the film.
Speculation surrounding Namor’s appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began circulating in June 2021, after a new rumor suggested that Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico, Spectrum) had been cast as the character. The film was also rumored to feature Namor’s fellow Atlanteans Namora and Attuma. Namor’s Introduction To The MCU Was Teased In 2019 Avengers: Endgame at the mention of “underwater earthquakes”, something End of Game writer Christopher Markus will address later in 2020.
“Sometimes you plant seeds. Sometimes they grow,” he said. However, when theories started circulating that these underwater quakes could point to Namor, Markus said, “I wish we were that smart.”
Created by Bill Everett, Namor, or the Submarine, first appeared in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939 as the king of Atlantis and a mutant. In the comics, his kingdom is frequently at war with the nation of Wakanda, something teased in a synopsis released for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The synopsis emphasizes Wakanda’s abundance of vibranium, something “Namor’s human father was sent to seek…in Antarctica.” The “intertwined history” between Wakanda and the lost city of Atlantis is also highlighted, as both are civilizations that separated from the outside world to protect their respective ways of life.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began filming in Atlanta, Georgia on June 29, 2021, but production has halted several times since then due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Most recently, production was shut down again after Nakia actor Lupita Nyong’o tested positive for COVID-19. The film serves as a sequel to 2018 Black Panther, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther. The plot of Wakanda Forever was restructured after Boseman’s death in 2020.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters November 11, 2022.
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