Black Panther 2: Who is Namor? Here’s what you need to know about the Marvel antagonist!

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Namor the Sub-Mariner makes an appearance in Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever. Who is the Marvel character reminiscent of DC’s Aquaman? Here’s what you need to know about the antagonist!

  • Namor the Sub-Mariner is introduced as an antagonist in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
  • Namor is Marvel’s counterpart to DC’s Aquaman. In the movie, Namor is the ruler of Talokan, in the comics of Atlantis.
  • As the king of an underwater kingdom, Namor is not always kind to humans. Is he good or evil?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” brings a Marvel hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) who has been a favorite in the comics for decades: Namor the Sub-Mariner. In “Black Panther 2,” the role is embodied by Tenoch Huerta and represents the antagonist of the story.

Black Panther 2: Who is Namor in the Marvel comics?

In the comics, Namor is the king of Atlantis. He is the Marvel counterpart to DC’s Aquaman. What many don’t know, however: Namor predates Aquaman. While Aquaman first appeared in a comic in 1941, Namor appeared two years earlier.

Like Aquaman, Namor is able to talk to sea creatures. Underwater, he can not only breathe, but is also incredibly fast, agile and superhumanly strong. He has many of these qualities outside the water as well, plus small wings on his ankles that allow him to fly.

Namor’s mother is an Atlantean princess, his father a human. Namor’s loyalty is to Atlantis, so at least at the beginning of his Marvel story, he has a grudge against humans. In the comics, he even seeks revenge against the humans after a nuclear bomb test destroys part of Atlantis.

Black Panther 2: Who is Namor in the movie?

In the movie, Namor is not the king of Atlantis, but of Talokan. This was probably changed to blur the parallels to Aquaman a bit, but also to incorporate a bit of Aztec or Mayan myths into his story. Namor is named after the feathered snake god K’uk’ulkan.

The abilities remain the same, and Namor’s conflict with the people of the overwater world remains as well. Namor is not necessarily a villain in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but rather an antagonist with other goals. However, the king of Talokan does not have a clean slate.

Black Panther 2: Is Namor really a villain?

Is Namor really a villain? Yes and no! In the Marvel comics, Namor has existed for a very long time and has fought on different sides. Over time, Namor has been used as a villain and superhero in Marvel comics stories and has even been a part of the Avengers.

However, in every comic book story, it doesn’t matter which side he’s on, because Namor always puts the well-being of Atlantis/Talokan first and foremost. As king of a kingdom, he naturally gets into conflicts of interest with other kingdoms and countries, including Wakanda.

Black Panther 2: When does the film start on Disney+?

Black Panther 2: Who is Namor? Here's what you need to know about the Marvel antagonist!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever © Marvel

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been in cinemas since November 9, 2022. An official Disney+ launch date has not yet been set. However, we can expect the film to come to the Disney+ novelty program in February 2023.

Black Panther 2: Trailer

The official trailer for “Black Panther 2” is epic yet sad. We are already given an idea of how Chadwick Boseman’s passing will be handled. It looks like you should take tissues with you to the cinema:

Black Panther 2: Plot

Black Panther 2
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever © Marvel

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” represents a sequel to “Black Panther”, but in typical Marvel fashion also makes reference to other films such as “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Widow” or “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”. In terms of content, the film picks up on the death of Chadwick Boseman and also lets T’Challa die.

Namor, the Marvel counterpart to DC’s Aquaman, is introduced as the antagonist for the residents of Wakanda. Further info is being kept under wraps. After all, Marvel fans should not be spoiled. With Riri Williams, by the way, another new character will be introduced, who will get her own Disney+ series with “Ironheart”.

Black Panther 2: Cast of Wakanda Forever

Most of the stars from “Black Panther” are back in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Exceptions are Daniel Kaluuya and logically Chadwick Boseman. We list you all actors and actresses:

Letitia Wright as Shuri
Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia
Tenoch Huerta as Namor
Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda
Winston Duke as M’Baku
Danai Gurira as Okoye
Martin Freeman as Agent Everett Ross
Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams / Ironheart
Florence Kasumba as Ayo
Michaela Coel as Aneka