One of the biggest rumors – or worst-kept secrets – in the world of Marvel in months is that actor Tenoch Huerta, who has been cast as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, wasn’t just playing a random character. He was rumored to be playing one of the oldest and most important Marvel superheroes of all: Namor, the Submarine.
As is typical of Marvel, they spent months ignoring the rumor. But at Comic-Con 2022, when the panel turned to discussing the next Black Panther sequel, they finally said yes, all those rumors were correct: Tenoch Huerta is Namer.
The character is literally as old as Marvel Comics; he appeared in the first issue of Marvel Comics #1 from 1939. Created by Bill Everett, he is a half-human, half-Atlantean king who has an array of powers. (He’s basically Aquaman, but he can also fly and he has crazy eyebrows.) In the 1930s, Namor worked alongside early Marvel heroes such as Captain America and the original Human Torch as a team called “The Invaders”, protecting America during the World War. II.
The company that eventually became Marvel canceled all of its superhero books in the late 1950s, but in the early 1960s Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought Namor back to the pages of Fantastic Four #4where he became more of a resentful antihero distrustful of the surface world, and a perpetual antagonist of FF’s Reed Richards, in part because Namor was madly in love with Sue Storm.
Eventually, Namor became more of a traditional hero and even joined the Avengers for a time. But he also reverted to more sinister ways and sometimes went against humanity to protect his home of Atlantis. So it will be interesting to see how it fits into the world of Wakanda in black panther 2.
With Marvel also announcing a release date for The Fantastic Four, it is very possible that we can also see Namor in this film. Waiting, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever The theatrical opening is scheduled for November 11.
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