MCU fans concoct a helpful scale to measure Namor's potential villainy (2022)

MCU fans concoct a helpful scale to measure Namor's potential villainy (1)

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The new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will be rounding out the 2022 film slate for Marvel Studios, arguably could have won Comic-Con on its own. Comparable to trailers such as Avatar: The Way of Water, Wakanda Forever‘s trailer leaned heavily into the atmospheric magnificence of Wakanda, with gorgeous cinematography, a moving soundtrack, and minimal dialogue.

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We also got a closer look at the film’s villain, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Having first appeared in the comics way back in 1939, Namor is something of a legacy figure in the world of Marvel, and his debut in the MCU has been one of the most anticipated to date. Portrayed by Tenoch Huerta, Namor features as the leader of Talocan, a civilization of ocean-dwelling peoples who target Wakanda in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

For those of you not familiar with Namor, he doesn’t exactly rank among the cutest and cuddliest of the Marvel mythos; a statement that perhaps undercuts just how nasty the character is. Luckily, with the help of r/marvelstudios, some comic book faithfuls have offered their insight into what we can likely expect from the Sub-Mariner’s villainous gravitas.

When asked to rank Namor’s villainy on a scale of one to 10, several users simply laughed at such a meek limit.

Others took the opportunity to cross their fingers for Namor’s presence beyond Wakanda Forever, given his history with the Marvel universe and potential as both a character and as a villain.

Another user pointed out, however, that Namor may not be the ultimate big bad of the film, as it seems that someone else will be pulling the political strings. This is bolstered, too, by the fact that Talocanian villain Attuma will also be appearing in the film. This could perhaps soften the blow of whoever Namor turns out to be.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases to theaters on November 11.

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FAQs

Is Namor Mexican? ›

How Tenoch Huerta Transformed into Namor—and Transformed the Character in the Process. Before claiming the mantle of an ocean-dwelling warrior-king in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the Mexican actor had to break boundaries and push his own physical limits in ways he never imagined.

Is Namor an Aztec? ›

The actor, of Aztec and Purépecha origin, brings to life one of the oldest antiheroes in all of comics. Namor the Submariner first hit stands in 1941, looking more like a Vulcan than the being of Mayan and Aztec influence who's introduced in “Wakanda Forever.”

Is Namor a villain in Wakanda forever? ›

Namor is Not the Villain in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Tenoch Huerta Says. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finds the nation of Wakanda at war with Namor and his underwater kingdom. Namor the Submariner is not the villain of the upcoming Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, says actor Tenoch Huerta.

Is Namor an anti hero? ›

During a recent interview with Empire magazine, Tenoch Huerta -- who plays Namor in the Black Panther sequel -- clarified that his character is an anti-hero, not a villain.

Why is Namor not blue? ›

Born as a mutant-hybrid son of a human father and an Atlantean princess, Namor has pale skin, unlike his Atlantean brethren (who usually have blue skin).

What race is Namor? ›

The mutant son of a human sea captain and a princess of the mythical undersea kingdom of Atlantis, Namor possesses the superstrength and aquatic abilities of the Homo mermanus race, as well as the mutant ability of flight, along with other superhuman powers.

Why is Namor Hispanic? ›

He was usually depicted as being of Asian ethnicity due to his physical features. The MCU version of Namor is taking a different approach. Namor will be played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta and will reflect both Namor's new and Tenoch Huerta's Mesoamerican ancestry.

Who came first Namor or Aquaman? ›

Did Namor or Aquaman actually come first in the comics? Both the Sub-Mariner and Aquaman have been part of Marvel Comics and DC comics mythos for a long time. But the Sub-Mariner, also known as Namor McKenzie, was first.

Is Namor Marvel Latino? ›

#Namor's Origin For The MCU: “The character will not originate in Atlantis, as in the comics, but in the Central American region and will come from a historic and submerged city of Mexican culture.

Who will be the villain in Wakanda forever? ›

Early in the latest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which debuted on Monday, we receive a proper introduction to the upcoming film's villain: Namor. The Sub-Mariner, whose comics history extends back to 1939 (before Timely Comics had even changed its name to Marvel), is much more than your average Big Bad.

Who is the antagonist in Wakanda forever? ›

The latest trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has very much pitched Namor as the leading antagonist of the movie. Every battle sequence previewed in the small selection of clips sees the Atlantean king as the aggressor in Wakanda.

Who Is the New Black Panther in Wakanda forever? ›

The film's official movie poster features Shuri front and center with the suit behind her, seemingly confirming that she's the new Black Panther.

Who wins Aquaman or Namor? ›

During their initial 1990s' showdown, Arthur proved victorious in their battle, which is quite a feat considering how Namor repeatedly fought the Hulk at that time. Although they were fairly evenly matched, the battle was won when Aquaman used his marine telepathy to summon an orca whale to crush Namor.

Who is stronger Namor or Aquaman? ›

At full strength, Namor can fight evenly with powerhouses like Thor, Hulk, and Hercules, and is much stronger than Aquaman. The main drawback is that Namor's strength comes from the water, which means that as his body dries, his strength is slowly depleted.

Can Namor talk to fish? ›

They Can Communicate With Fish

No conversation about Aquaman is complete without mentioning the fact that he talks to fish. And so can Namor. Actually, both have a telepathic connection with sea life and can communicate and influence the fish to do what they're asking.

Why does Namor have wings on his feet? ›

His mutant power is the gift of flight, represented by the tiny wings on his ankles. He can fly quite fast and for indefinite periods. Often, Namor will use his flight to burst forth from the water and smash into an enemy with all of his considerable strength.

Is Namor bullet proof? ›

Namor can withstand tremendous impact forces, high caliber bullets, falls from orbital heights, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, blows from powerful superhumans, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.

Who is the first mutant? ›

Officially, Namor the Sub-Mariner is considered the first mutant superhero whom Marvel Comics ever published, debuting in 1939. However, Namor was not actually described as a mutant until Fantastic Four Annual #1, decades after his first appearance.

Why did Namor destroys Wakanda? ›

When Namor eventually revealed his role in the event to T'Challa, the Black Panther swore to kill his old ally. Namor soon began working with the Cabal to destroy other worlds to preserve his own Earth from the Incursions, and that organization ended up totally destroying Wakanda.

Is Aquaman a copy of Namor? ›

No, not at all. They were created close to around the same time, and their stories are ver different. Also, Namor has always been more of an antagonist than a Hero/Protagonist.

Does Namor flood Wakanda? ›

As Wanda takes refuge in Wakanda, Namor goes against the other members of the so-called 'Phoenix Five' and launches an all-out Atlantean assault on Wakanda, using the ocean itself to flood and all but level huge portions of the hidden nation.

Is Namor the Submariner Mexican? ›

Namor is played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta ("The Forever Purge,"), as confirmed by an official announcement that came out of the San Diego Comic Con.

What race is Sub-Mariner? ›

The hybrid mutant son of an Atlantean and a human, Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner, is alternately loved and hated by Earth's surface population—often depending on his actions. As Atlantean royalty who defends his homeland fiercely, Namor has a massive chip on his shoulder.

Where is El Muerto from? ›

Fictional character biography. El Muerto was born as Juan Diego de la Muerte in Magdalena de Kino, Mexico, and grew up in Whittier, California.

Is Namor from Wakanda? ›

Namor is the king of Talocan, an underwater kingdom that has been kept as secret as Wakanda had—that is, until T'Challa revealed Wakanda to the rest of the world.

Why does Namor look Aztec? ›

Costume designs have revealed that Namor's race is inspired by the ancient Aztecs. Not only that, but merchandise tied to the movie has confirmed that his kingdom is called Talocan – not Atlantis. In Aztec mythology, Tlālōcān is the name of a paradise occupied by Tlāloc, the god of rain.

Who is stronger Namor or Aquaman? ›

At full strength, Namor can fight evenly with powerhouses like Thor, Hulk, and Hercules, and is much stronger than Aquaman. The main drawback is that Namor's strength comes from the water, which means that as his body dries, his strength is slowly depleted.

Can Namor talk to fish? ›

They Can Communicate With Fish

No conversation about Aquaman is complete without mentioning the fact that he talks to fish. And so can Namor. Actually, both have a telepathic connection with sea life and can communicate and influence the fish to do what they're asking.

Who is the first mutant in Marvel? ›

Officially, Namor the Sub-Mariner is considered the first mutant superhero whom Marvel Comics ever published, debuting in 1939. However, Namor was not actually described as a mutant until Fantastic Four Annual #1, decades after his first appearance.

Who killed Namor? ›

Having inherited the characteristic flaws of both the mother and the father, when he was sixteen years old, Ove killed Namor. The Enchantress witnessed the assassination and fled with Ove to the irradiated surface out of fear of retaliation against her son if Namor's subjects found out of his misdeed.

Why did Namor destroys Wakanda? ›

When Namor eventually revealed his role in the event to T'Challa, the Black Panther swore to kill his old ally. Namor soon began working with the Cabal to destroy other worlds to preserve his own Earth from the Incursions, and that organization ended up totally destroying Wakanda.

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