Two years ago it was reported that Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta would play an undisclosed villain in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It was quickly speculated that Huerta would play T’Challa’s most bitter enemy, Namor
Two years ago it was reported that Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta would play an undisclosed villain in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It was quickly speculated that Huerta would play T’Challa’s most bitter enemy, Namor the Submarine. A year later, The Illuminerdi revealed that Huerta would indeed be playing the Scourge of the Seven Seas, but with a twist.
To match Huerta’s casting, the entire culture of Atlantis from the comics would instead be based on Mayan culture instead of Ancient Greece, as is typical for the mythical underwater city. In the same report, two “Mayan Warriors” were being cast, later revealed to receive the codenames “Zyanya” and “Cadmail.”
In another report from Murphy’s Multiverse, the role of “Zyanya” was revealed to be Namora, Namor’s cousin, played by Mexican actress Mabel Cadena.
Given all of these reports regarding Namor’s long-awaited MCU introduction, one of the biggest mysteries revolves around what he’ll look like when he hits the big screen in November. Recently, a leaked image of Namor himself leaked, showing how his new Mayan-inspired roots influenced his design.
Namor the submarine (blurred)
A blurry promotional image of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever supposedly leaked (via The Den of Nerds), which teases the MCU’s design for Namor the Submarine. In case this image is legit, we cannot share the image here for copyright reasons, but a visual representation made by a fan of Namor’s design, as shared by the insider MyTimeToShineHellocan be seen below:
Although the image is blurry, it’s clear the design is based on Namor’s 1960s appearance, in which he wore only green swim trunks, a gold belt, ankle bracelets and wings .
Namor de Huerta wears similar green swimsuits (more swimsuit than speedo) adorned with a gold belt with what appears to be a Sun insignia similar to Namor’s original design. Additionally, the Sub-Mariner has golden bracelets and armbands, which helps Namor’s design feel a little less sterile.
Finally, the two most significant additions to the design are a green collar, likely influenced by Mayan clothing, and soleless armored boots with wings. Due to the blurring of the image, it’s impossible to tell if they grow out of his ankles like in the comics or if the boots facilitate the wings, but it does help invoke the imagery of the Greek god Hermes.
Retooling Atlantis for the MCU
If this promo art leak is legit, it seems to confirm that the culture of Atlantis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be based on the Mayan civilization, which makes sense to match Huerta’s casting. It will also help differentiate DC’s Aquaman character, as comparisons will no doubt be drawn between the two Sea Kings when the Black Panther the sequel is published.
It will also be interesting to see where Namor’s kingdom is located, as the new Mayan origin would imply that it resides farther west in the Atlantic Ocean than in the middle of it like the comics. This could be how and why Riri Williams’ “invention” will lead Wakanda “Icome into conflict with a hidden civilization led by Namor.”
Fans will know more about Namor and his place in the MCU when they see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters November 11.