Who can forget Black Panther’s first film antagonist, Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger? His charismatic role set the bar high for Marvel villains to reach, bearing his own beliefs and morals and fought for it with his life. As for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it looks like we’ll be seeing Tenoch Huerta’s Namor, whom fans have been comparing to Killmonger.
“I hope so!” Huerta laughs after Total Film asks if audiences might find the same fondness for Namor the same way they did to Killmonger. “I never try to compare myself with other actors with my characters. But, of course, he made a great antagonist, and people loved him. I loved that character when I saw the first Black Panther movie. I hope that people engage in the same way with Namor.”
Marvel’s Kevin Feige reveals more about the message of Wakanda Forever in the same interview with Total Film, “Wakanda Forever asks, How do you continue moving forward in the face of great loss and great tragedy, and in the face of a new threat, when all you want to do is maybe hide from the world, and process your grief, and a new, gigantic threat arrives that must be confronted? Which, of course, is Namor.”
Feige says the film will remain faithful to the comic history with a revised story to drive the set of characters. Wakanda Forever will be led by one of the oldest characters in Marvel Comics: Namor the Sub-Mariner, who initially debuted in 1939. In the comics, the character is a superhuman with aquatic abilities, and hails from Atlantis. According to Huerta, he also says that the interpretation of Namor will stay true to the comics in the sense that he’s a mutant, which adds to the list of mutants currently diverging into the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Ms. Marvel.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to premiere on November 11 this year.