Namor Cast Black Panther 2 Is Latest MCU Rumour
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Rumour: Black Panther 2 Cast Tenoch Huerta As Marvel Comics’ Namor

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BY June 25, 2021

We recently got the title of the long-awaited Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. One of Marvel Studios’ biggest hits came with Black Panther, and its sequel is something that we’ve all been waiting for. However, things took a dark turn as the world lost Chadwick Boseman to cancer. While still mourning the loss of a great man and an amazing talent, fans began to wonder about the status of the sequel without its lead actor and titular character. While Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios made their stance clear, the story and where things go would go remain uncertain. But a new rumor about Namor cast in Black Panther 2, takes things in a whole new direction. 

Black Panther 2 Has An Uphill Battle Ahead Of Itself

Namor cast Black Panther 2 Shuri Image via Marvel Studios.

The reaction to the continuation of Black Panther without Boseman was largely met with positive reactions. Especially given that Feige confirmed that the role of T’Challa will not be recast with another actor. This means that the story of Wakanda Forever will not be about the character of T’Challa and most likely not feature him. So that begs the question of just what the story will be about. The theories thus far have ranged from Shuri (Letitia Wright) taking over the Black Panther mantle, to the return (and resurrection) of Eric Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) to become Black Panther as his redemption. 

However, one of the more interesting theories was that the story will focus on tensions between the now revealed Wakanda, and another secretive society, Atlantis. With Wakanda now without a King, the theory suggests that a battle for power might ensue between the two nations. The rumor that Namor is cast in Black Panther 2, suggests that those theories could be credible. 

Namor Cast In Black Panther 2 Rumor

Namor cast Black Panther 2 Namor. Image via Marvel Studios.

The rumor of Namor cast in Black Panther 2 came from The Illuminerdi. The report also provides a lot of details about the additional supporting characters that the production is looking for. Many of them involve Marvel Comics characters such as Namor’s cousin Namora and others from those stories. The actor rumoured to be cast is Tenoch Huerta who is known for his role in Narcos: Mexico. 

Namor is one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic comic book characters. Said to be the first anti-hero, Namor shares many of his character backstory with DC Comics’ Aquaman. But unlike Aquaman, Namor is a very grey character. He constantly antagonizes other heroes and is always a source of tension for the good guys. Namor’s history with Wakanda and Black Panther also goes back a long way. So Namor cast in Black Panther 2 only makes sense, if the story is going that way. But personally, I feel like adding Namor to the cast of Black Panther 2 may take focus away from the story and the loss of Boseman. 

How Namor Cast in Black Panther 2 Might Not Be The Best Idea

Namor cast Black Panther 2 Killmonger.. Image via Marvel Studios.

I don’t mean to be a negative-Namor, but as mentioned, Black Panther 2 already has a lot of challenges going for it. With the rest of the original cast and director returning, the movie and its story have to re-create the magic of the first film, with a big reason for its success missing. On the bright side, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may absolutely overcome those challenges with a brilliant story that addresses and homages Boseman’s absence. It’s totally possible. 

I just feel that adding a brand new, very popular Marvel Comics character into that mix, might take the focus away from the stories of those original characters from the first movie. Especially if that character is going to get his own origin story, with additional Atlantean characters added to the cast. Not to mention underserving Namor himself by not allowing his debut to be in a solo hero film of his own. But then again, director Coogler might find the perfect balance between the old and new to tell a compelling story with all these characters. We’ll have to wait until the movie releases to find out, and see how credible this rumor really is. 

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases in theatres on July 8. 2022. 

What do you think about this rumor that Namor is cast in Black Panther 2? Let us know in the comments below. 

Featured image via Marvel Comics. 

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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