MCU producer explains why there won’t be a Namor solo movie after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

In the following weeks Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arriving in theaters, there’s a lot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie that’s been celebrated and talked about. Among them is Namor (Tenoch Huerta), the film’s central antagonist, and one of the very first superhero characters to ever appear in the pages of Marvel Comics. Despite its illustrious history, Namor has never really appeared in live-action before that Wakanda forever, in part because his movie rights were tied up with Universal Pictures. As Marvel producer Nate Moore recently revealed, that agreement with Universal actually affected how Namor could be used Wakanda forever‘s marketing – and while Namor “may return,” that deal currently stands in the way of Marvel Studios potentially producing a Namor solo film.

“It affects us more, frankly, and not too much talking outside of school, but in how we market the film than how we use it in the film,” Moore said. “There weren’t really things we couldn’t do from a character perspective for him, which is good because obviously we took a lot of inspiration from the source material, but we also made some big changes to really anchor him in that world … into a truth that publishing never really landed on, I’d say, in a big way.

Namor also praised Wakanda forever director Ryan Coogler for how the film recontextualized Namor and his world, leaning on Mesoamerican elements that were never canon in the comics.

“I’ve read every Namor comic ever written and I love it, but the world of Atlantis is drawn a little vaguely,” added Moore. “It’s a little Roman maybe. And so Ryan is such a detail-oriented filmmaker that he wanted to anchor in something that felt as tangible and real as hopefully Wakanda fuels people. And I don’t think there’s any business side anyway that stopped us from doing that, which is great.”

What’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever about?

In Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverthe leaders of the kingdom of Wakanda fight to protect their nation from invading forces in the wake of King T’Challa’s death, and a new threat emerges from the hidden undersea nation of Talokan.

The film sees the return of Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. New cast members include Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams / Ironheart, Michaela Coel as Aneka, Mabel Cadena as Namora, and Alex Livinalli as Attuma.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever currently playing exclusively in theaters.

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