Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is not just going to be the audience's return to Wakanda in the MCU, but it will also introduce us to Namor, who is finally making his cinematic debut after being a fan-favorite character in the comics for several decades. In addition, the character will be portrayed as the ruler of Talocan, an ancient civilization of underwater dwelling people, instead of Atlantis.
A lot of fans have also been wondering about whether the character will be introduced as a mutant in the film just like in the comics. With the revelation in the season finale of Ms. Marvel that Kamala Khan is a mutant, it looks like it is inevitable now that the MCU will introduce the character as a mutant as well.
Now, in a recent interview with Empire Magazine, Tenoch Huerta, who plays Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has confirmed that his character is indeed a mutant which is what fans have speculated up to this point.
The actor also explained the departure of the character's MCU iteration from the comics where he is more inspired by the Mesoamerica culture instead of Atlantis, "You can take Atlantis from Greek myth, or you can adapt from a real culture."
He also revealed that T'Challa's unveiling of Wakanda to the entire world at the end of the first film led to the ramifications of his character's appearance in the sequel.
"That decision puts Talocan in jeopardy," Huerta explained. "And Talocan has to take action to protect themselves."
Director Ryan Coogler also shared that the rivalry between Namor and T'Challa in the comics led to the idea of bringing the mutant into the highly-anticipated sequel. "The contrast between T’Challa and Namor – their characters, and their nations – just leaps off the page," he said. "He’s a dream antagonist."
Even though we already anticipated this, it is still exciting to hear that Namor is confirmed to be portrayed as a mutant in the MCU. It is also a sign that the franchise is indeed introducing more mutants in the next few years until the eventual arrival of the X-Men later on.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to release in theaters on November 11. You can check more details about it here.