Tenoch Huerta, who will be portraying Namor the Sub-Mariner in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has assured fans that the character would remain loyal to his comic book origins as a mutant.
In the comic books, Namor, a half-human, half-Atlantean king of Atlantis, is represented by Talocan, an Aztec-inspired character for the MCU. But because he also has the mutant gene on his human side, his biology becomes a little more complicated.
Fans had hoped that Namor’s live-action equivalent would pay homage to his comic book background when the mutants in the MCU began to gradually but inevitably appear. Huerta has now affirmed that this is the case.
In an interview with Tenoch Huerta for Empire Magazine’s fresh take on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the actor stated Namor will be a mutant in the MCU film.
Mutants have been off-limits for the MCU because Fox had previously controlled the cinematic rights to the X-Men. The X-Men and mutant movie rights have been restored to Marvel Companies when Disney purchased Fox’s film studios.
The piece also offered a fresh perspective on Namor by Tenoch Huerta:
Mutants have steadily infiltrated the MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness included a mutant counterpart of Patrick Stewart’s Professor X, however, this mutant wasn’t from the main realm of the MCU. Ms. Marvel debuted Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan as the first mutant from the MCU’s 616 world.
Namor will soon make his big-screen debut as the first mutant from the MCU’s primary reality. Namor’s debut as one of the first mutants in the MCU feels especially appropriate because he was the first Marvel comics character to be introduced who was later discovered to be a mutant.
November 11, 2022, will see the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.