Marvel Studios is finally bringing Namor the Sub-Mariner to the Marvel Cinematic Universe via Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and while his arrival is generating much fanfare from comic book film junkies just months before the emotionally charged sequel hits cinemas, some fans can't help but pit him against DC's Aquaman who is obviously the more established character.
Of course, while the two underwater characters undoubtedly share similar ground, they still differ in more ways than one, especially in live-action. If you'll ask actor Winston Duke, who plays M'Baku in the MCU, Namor plays a far more important role than DC's King of Atlantis and between the two, Tenoch Huerta's character has more "cultural" significance.
Speaking with the Los Angeles Times, Duke threw some shade at Jason Momoa's titular character, explaining: "In our version, it feels a lot more real than fiction. In the MCU fashion, we’ve grounded it in real cultural significance and cultural traditions. You see the Latinx contingent that is present visually. Ryan Coogler’s creation within the Marvel cinematic landscape is one of deep honor and connection to real stuff. So I think a lot of people are gonna see themselves represented."
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Honestly, it's completely pointless to compare both characters because even though they practically share the same set of abilities, they're portrayed quite differently in the MCU and DCEU. But if we're talking history, despite Aquaman's obvious popularity, Namor still definitely has the edge since he came out first.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to hit cinemas on November 11, 2022.