After the much-grieved departure of Chadwick Boseman from cancer in 2020, the MCU is all set to move forward with the sequel of Black Panther (2018). The movie features Namor, a mutant played by Tenoch Huerta, the ruler of the underwater kingdom Talokan, who is set to invade Wakanda as the Black Panther is no longer there to protect them from any threats.
The director has made a statement confirming that this mutant has promising feats of strength comparable to Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, who is a Norse God as well as Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk if he happens to be around enough water.
What makes Namor so strong?
Marvel has always done a great job with their memorable and one-of-a-kind characters and the efforts made by them are still evident in the trailer of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, is seemingly a mutant with capabilities never seen before. The upcoming movie’s primary antagonist is seen to have wings on his ankles that make him fly as well as his ability to breathe underwater and at high altitudes renders him unstoppable.
The director has also noted that the character is another sovereign ruler, similar to Shuri and Queen Ramonda, which thickens the fierceness the character would show to protect his homeland from any threats.
The actor’s comments about his character
Namor’s character, while explained, yet bears a question mark. While the movie centered around Wakanda views the ruler of Talocan as an antagonist, the actor Huerta shares beliefs contrary to it.
“For me, he’s just a hero. It’s not my job to think about how the world or the other characters look at him. How they perceive to him it’s not my job. My job is he has a strong motivation. He has a clear path, and he knows why it’s important. He’s trying to protect himself and protect all his culture and his people from the exterior world, from the colonialism who is tempt him against their values and the whole culture.”
The actor clearly lives with the perception that his character is driven not by the urge to conquer but to protect. He is aware that Namor lives with the main objective of keeping his people safe and hidden from the exterior world, lest they fall prey to the unreliable war and fall apart.
Speaking about comments on the feathered serpent, director Ryan Coogler did not hesitate for a second in comparing the water-breathing mutant to the power levels of Thor and Hulk.
“[There’s] no equal in terms of his capabilities, being able to breathe underwater and breathe at high altitudes and walk around on land,” Coogler stated in an interview “He’s incredibly strong, he’s as strong as Thor, and if he’s around enough water he can be as strong as the Hulk.”
Keeping in mind Thor is a Norse God and Hulk’s feats of strength is public information, the standard that Namor is being kept up to is no joke. The anti-hero now could reach the standards with his impressive performance or be the reason for disappointment for Marvel fans. All in all, the mystery would be a vital catalyst in keeping up the enthusiasm of fans.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases in theatres on Friday, November 11.