Black Panther 2 is set to hit theaters soon and will feature the next big bad going up against Wakanda. Now with Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa gone, Tenoch Huerta’s Namor becomes the new threat to the people, as teased in a short clip with Ramonda confronting the Sub-Mariner. Nearing its release date, Black Panther 2’s producer reveals that Namor was a planned appearance since the first movie in 2018.
Speaking with Slash Film, Black Panther 2’s producer Nate Moore was asked if Namor would be the last villain in Wakanda, and in response, he revealed that director Ryan Coogler had been planning Namor’s introduction since post-production of Black Panther in 2018 by ‘calling dibs’ on the character. Read Moore’s full quote below:
“Ryan [Coogler] is a huge fan of comic books, and in publishing, Namor and Atlantis often would come in conflict with Wakanda and the Black Panther. And so even as early as in post-production on the first movie, he was like, ‘If we get so lucky, could we maybe, could I just raise my hand and make sure no one uses Namor?’ And luckily, nobody was, and he had a great idea for it very early on. So we started building towards that idea, which I think is really fun.”
Ryan Coogler has been known to make villains three-dimensional in Black Panther so far, with Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger still becoming a fan-favorite after empathizing with his motives, and now, with Tenoch Huerta’s Namor teased to be a complicated non-black-and-white character, it would be no surprise if Coogler once again succeeds in bringing another MCU villain to life.
Whether or not Namor will still live on after the sequel remains a question, but if he does, he would probably somehow be able to team up with the other villains and might even make an appearance on an Avengers film, perhaps with Kang the Conqueror?
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres on November 11.