The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has introduced a new villain who will prove to be a worthy opponent to Earth’s mightiest heroes: Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Portrayed by Tenoch Huerta, the character is an iconic villain on Black Panther’s list of enemies, so it makes sense that he will make his MCU debut in a sequel. Wakanda forever.
Here’s everything you need to know about the character and its powers.
Where is “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” from Villain Namor?
In the comic, Namor hails from the underwater city of Atlantis and is the son of a human mother and an Atlantean father, but this origin story has been changed for Wakanda forever.
The Black Panther the sequel sees Namor explaining to Shuri (Letitia Wright) that his mother was a native woman from Yucatan, Mexico. Her entire village was infected with smallpox when the Spanish conquistadors began to colonize South America.
To protect the village, their shaman found a cure and discovered a flower that grows underwater and is infused with Vibranium, a metal ore native to Wakanda.
The shaman makes a flower potion, and Namor’s mother, who is pregnant with him, eats a small portion of the plant when she is convinced that her baby will not be affected. Except yes, more on that later.
The flower changes the mother of Namor and her fellow inhabitants, turning their skin blue and preventing them from breathing normal air. They can only breathe underwater, so they go to the ocean and form a Talocan nation in which they still speak Yucatec Maya.
Wakanda forever Director Ryan Coogler explained why he chose to change Namor’s story by telling Inverse that the Atlantis story had been interpreted so many times before that it seemed worth doing something else.
“We wanted our movie to exist alongside these movies and be different,” said Coogler. “It was really out of respect for the audience, not wanting to give them something similar to the other things that had come before.
“If on Google you lose cities or continents, this idea of things sinking into the ocean and disappearing, or even people living in water, you will see this idea represented in myths all over the planet. This encouraged us to try to find a way to do it differently. “
What are Namor’s powers in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
As previously mentioned, Namor’s mother eats a flower soaked in Vibranium, which affects her son’s physiology.
He explains that he is a mutant and that the flower gave him winged ankles and the ability to breathe both underwater and on land. Its wings give it super speed in both flight and swimming.
Namor also has super strength and can withstand most att*cks, and has also been blessed with a long lifespan. Through the events of Wakanda forever, he has already lived for several centuries.
The powers that earned him the title of K’uK’ulkan in Talokan, which means God the Feathered Serpent, and is seen as the protector of the empire.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on Friday 11 November.
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