Will Namor Be A Hero Or A Villain In The MCU? | Screen Rant

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is heavily rumored to introduce Namor the Sub-Mariner into the MCU, but will the King of Atlantis be a hero or a villain? Black Panther 2 is currently slated for release in November 2022 with Ryan Coogler returning to direct. The film will apparently focus more on the fictional nation of Wakanda as a whole following the tragic passing of T'Challa actor Chadwick Boseman.

This focus on the country rather than its King could be how Marvel chooses to introduce Atlantis to the MCU, another fictional nation. It is heavily rumored that Netflix's Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta will be playing the role of Namor. Although nothing is officially confirmed, recent reports state that Namor and Atlantis will be versed in Central American culture, making Huerta's casting as this character all the more likely.

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However, given how not a lot has been revealed about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it is unclear what kind of role, if any, Namor will have in the movie. The same can be said for whether the character will be a hero or a villain in the MCU. Most likely, should he be a villain, Namor will be following in the footsteps of Killmonger, one of the MCU's strongest villains in terms of how the character was written and portrayed by Michael B. Jordan.

If the reports are to be believed, it appears this will be the case and Namor will be the villain in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. This would make sense given the relationship between the countries of Wakanda and Atlantis in recent Marvel Comics. The two nations have a strenuous history, at best, that has led to wars at worst. Despite Wakanda recently opening its borders to the world, both Kingdoms have a history of being secluded from the rest of the world, something that could be used to stoke tension between the leaders of both countries, should Namor disagree with T'Challa's methods in Black Panther.

While it remains to be seen how Namor will be written as Black Panther 2's main antagonist, it is at least confirmed that this will be his role, if the reports are legitimate. From the Marvel Comics history between Wakanda and Atlantis, which has been referenced in Avengers: Endgame, this makes sense. It would also allow for the MCU to explore a type of villain they haven't before, being the King of another country.

However, one thing that is worth noting about Namor in Marvel Comics is his status. He is certainly a character that is difficult to label as a definitive hero or villain. In fact, Namor is often best described as an anti-hero in Marvel Comics, something that could be translated into live-action in the MCU. While it is clear from the reports that Namor is an antagonist of Black Panther 2, Namor could still be shown as an anti-hero who is simply at odds with the heroes of Wakanda. Killmonger's character from Black Panther was very much portrayed in the same vein, having noble intentions that were being carried out through the wrong means.

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A lot of the time, Namor's Marvel Comics stories portray him in this way. While the character has been at odds with heroes like the Avengers and the Fantastic Four in the comics, they have often come to respect Namor. While he certainly has done morally questionable things and oftentimes has trouble differentiating between wrong and right, Namor has a lot of redeemable qualities that allow him to be characterized as an anti-hero rather than a straight-up villain. A lot of the time, Namor does what he does, whether that be good or bad in the eyes of the other Marvel Comics heroes, for the benefit of his people. Being the ruler of Atlantis, which was also set up in Eternals, he cares deeply about his people and often only does things based on their best interests. This has put him both in alliance and opposition with Marvel's stacked roster, solidifying his anti-hero status. Capturing this in the MCU allows Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to not only explore another antihero, as is certainly popular with the likes of Loki and Wanda, but portray an antagonist in a much more compelling light—as opposed to one who's simply either a hero or a villain.

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