Aquatic hero/antihero Namor, The Sub-Mariner, whatever you wanna say, whose big-screen debut has been eagerly anticipated by Marvel Comics fans, will finally make an appearance in the MCU when he appears as the main antagonist in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Tenoch Huerta confirmed that Namor will in fact be a mutant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe while speaking to Empire during their Black Panther 2 cover story. The principal information hasn’t been confirmed by the film’s director Ryan Coogler or Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige, but it’s safe to presume the character’s actor is aware of it.
The half-mutant, half-Atlantean ruler was long considered to be the ideal antagonist for Black Panther 2, but audiences did not get their first glimpse of him until the first teaser debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
With the inclusion of various mutants, MCU Phase 4 has been hard at work establishing the groundwork for the X-Men. Men’s Patrick Stewart’s Professor X appeared in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness courtesy of the multiverse. Tenoch Huerta’s part in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is receiving a lot of attention as a result of these teases since they may indicate that Namor’s mutant links from the comics will be discussed.
During an interview with Empire to promote the upcoming sequel, Tenoch Huerta confirmed to the outlet that despite some changes to the MCU’s version of the villain, Namor is a mutant in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The outlet notes: “One detail that is carrying over from the comics? According to Huerta, his Namor is indeed a mutant.” The distinction came as part of the confirmation that the MCU’s Namor is inspired by the history of Mesoamerica, which includes changing Atlantis’ name to Talocan.
Another foundational piece for the X-Men is the confirmation of Namor’s mutant connection in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The shared universe has an easy way to further delve into the history of the MCU thanks to Marvel Studios’ use of Namor’s comic book past. If Namor is a mutant, this indicates that a mutant has been hiding out on Earth for at least a few decades. This hopefully suggests that Namor’s mutant status will be stated directly in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, allowing for more X-Men hints instead of being a part of his unsaid origin.