14 years after the Marvel Cinematic Universe began, Namor the Sub-Mariner will finally join the popular franchise. Namor, one of the oldest characters in Marvel’s library, was a villain, a hero, and just about everything in between. When we meet the live-action version in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, he will act as an antagonist to the people of Wakanda, and that could end up putting him at odds with the Avengers. That’s a conflict they might want to avoid, though, as Namor is unlike any other character we’ve seen in the MCU so far.
Speak with Marvel.com, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever writer and director Ryan Coogler talked about Namor’s MCU debut and revealed why he’s such a fearsome adversary.
“Introducing Namor to us was really an opportunity to introduce another politician, another sovereign ruler of a group of people who represents more than himself,” Coogler explained. “[There’s] no equal in terms of its abilities, being able to breathe underwater and breathe at high altitudes and walk around on land. He’s incredibly strong, he’s as strong as Thor, and if he’s near enough water, he can be as strong as the Hulk.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever producer Nate Moore also spoke of the dangers of Namor, noting that he is not fighting for power or global control. Namor simply wants to protect his people and that makes him a powerful, targeted enemy.
“He’s not interested in ruining the world for power. He’s not interested in money. He’s interested in protecting his people,” Moore said. “And what could be more altruistic than that?”
“Here’s a man who 100% believes he is the hero in his own story,” Moore continued. “He doesn’t see himself as a villain, because in the eyes of Namor, he does what he does to protect a people who have already endured a tragic history.”
The MCU’s Namor is played by Tenoch Huerta, who many will recognize from his roles in Narcos: Mexico and The Forever Purge. He now has the chance to become one of the biggest characters in the MCU.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11.
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