Everything we know about Namor, the villain of Black Panther 2, from SDCC 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finally has a new trailer and it’s full of familiar faces and new heroes. But footage released during Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 only teased the film’s apparent villain: Namor the Sub-Mariner, played by Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre, The Eternal Purge).

Despite being one of Marvel’s oldest characters, Namor marks his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. sure, Black Panther 2‘s trailer doesn’t give us too many details about the underwater ruler. So, to keep you going until Black Panther hits theaters on November 11, here’s everything you need to know about Namor.

What are Namor’s powers?

Namor, also known as the Sub-Mariner, is the king of Atlantis and ruler of the oceans. Namor was born with his powers thanks to his unique parents. His father was a researcher sent to Antarctica by Woodrow Wilson to investigate the disappearance of Sir Ernest Shackleton (who was sent by Winston Churchill to search for vibranium), and his mother was an Atlantean princess named Fen.

As you would expect from a seafaring hero, Namor can speak to and control the denizens of the oceans, breathe underwater and swim with ease. He can also heal himself when in water and even telekinetically control water in some iterations. Namor is also quite capable on land, using his super strength and speed to make him a great fighter. For some reason he can fly too. That’s why he has little wings on his ankles.

If you’re thinking this all sounds a lot like Aquaman, you’re not entirely wrong. However, you may be surprised to learn that Namor actually predates Aquaman by about three years, going back to 1939.

Is Namor a villain?

Definitely no, and also… yes? Above all, Namor is complicated, and as you might expect from a character created in 1939, well before most of the heroes that now dominate the MCU, Namor had the chance to be many different things, including being both a hero and a villain.

For the purpose of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it certainly seems like he’s being positioned as the film’s villain. In one of his most villainous moments from the comics, Namor threatened the surface world with vengeance for destroying part of Atlantis with a nuclear test. Interestingly for the future of the MCU, this attempt was thwarted by the Fantastic Four… and then Namor teamed up with Magneto to fight the X-Men for a while.

Additionally, in Marvel Comics, Namor and T’Challa have a particularly fierce enmity – because Namor was the first to conquer the historically (famously) undefeated nation of Wakanda (using the powers of the Phoenix Force to summon a tsunami that would be land raised to the ground). In fact, this line of Black Panther where he says to Ulysses Klaue, “Every breath you take is my mercy?” This is straight out of a Marvel comic. Except the first time, T’Challa said it to Namor.

So is Namor a mutant?

He is. In fact, he’s sometimes referred to as Marvel’s first mutant, thanks to the fact that he derives his powers from his genetic blend of human and Atlantean DNA. As we’ve touched on, Namor’s comic history is quite long and complicated, and his mutant status often plays a large part in the plots of both the X-Men stories and the wider Marvel Universe.

With the recent revelation of Ms. Marvel’s status as a mutant, this certainly seems to create some interesting potential plans for the future of the MCU. But for now, we only have a brief teaser of Namor’s role in Black Panther 2we just have to wait and see what bigger role he might play.

https://www.polygon.com/sdcc/23275915/namor-black-panther-2-villain-mcu Everything we know about Namor, the villain of Black Panther 2, from SDCC 2022

Charles Jones

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