A new image from the upcoming Marvel sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been revealed, showing off Tenoch Huerta as Namor ahead of the film’s release on November 11, 2022.
The new image comes courtesy of Empire Magazine and highlights Namor, who has been inspired by the culture and history of Mesoamerica. Unlike the comics, which see Namor as the ruler of Atlantis, the upcoming film will see Namor as the ruler of Talocan, which was also drawn from real cultures instead of Greek mythology.
In an interview with Empire, Huerta spoke about the changes to the character and how the decision of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa to reveal the existence of Wakanda to the world affected Namor and his people.
“That decision puts Talocan in jeopardy,” Huerta said. “And Talocan has to take action to protect themselves.” Huerta also confirmed what rumors had been saying for some time, and revealed that Namor will, in fact, be a mutant in the upcoming film.
“In the film, Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death,” reads the synopsis. “As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia and Everett Ross and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”
It is once again being directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay he is co-writing with Joe Robert Cole. It will see the return of most of its original main cast, including Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Florence Kasumba as Ayo.
Joining them are franchise newcomers Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) as Namor, Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You) as Aneka, Mabel Cadena as Namora, and Alex Livinalli as Attuma.