Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is only a few months away from its debut, bringing a thrilling new character into the MCU with Tenoch Huerta’s Namor the Sub-Mariner. Following a long issue over his movie rights with Universal Pictures, the underwater ruler is set to bring his full might against the Wakandans as the movie’s main villain.
Marvel just delivered the first full look at Huerta as Namor in the first Black Panther 2 trailer from San Diego Comic-Con, teasing his intensity and the battles he’ll lead between his people and the sequel’s central heroes. But unfortunately, due to Chadwick Boseman’s passing nearly two years ago, fans won’t get to see the relationship between Huerta’s villain and King T’Challa.
Speaking about his experience with the character, Huerta even touched on that relationship as he explored the impact that Boseman’s T’Challa will have on the Namor actor’s first MCU movie.
Namor Star on Relationship with Boseman’s T’Challa
In an interview with Black Girl Nerds, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Tenoch Huerta discussed the relationship between Namor the Sub-Mariner and T’Challa in the comics and in the MCU.
While teasing the “deep admiration” that Namor has for Black Panther, he also explained how big of an inspiration the late Chadwick Boseman is for him “as an actor and as a simple human being.” He loves how much the cast can feel Boseman’s presence in this movie while so many other cultural aspects are included as well.
These feelings should make for an even more emotional duel between their countries in Black Panther 2 after Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart reportedly incites the upcoming conflict that will play a key role in the story. Namor’s feelings for T’Challa may keep him from going too hard on his land-based rivals, but the emotions are sure to be there as he fights to protect his own people.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will premiere in theaters on November 11.