The latest trailer of Eternals has finally brought the Deviants and the Celestials to the MCU. A lot is riding on the upcoming MCU movie’s shoulders. The trailer explains a lot on why the Eternals didn’t intervene in infinity War and where they were all this time. But the trailer might have done much more than that. The Eternals trailer may have revealed a vital origin story for MCU’s Namor. Maybe we finally get to know how Namor The Sub-Mariner becomes the villain in Black Panther 2.
The Monarch of Atlantis is only rumored to be a part of the second Black Panther movie. Tenoch Huerta is supposedly playing the anti-hero in the Black Panther sequel. While no MCU execs will ever let in on further Namor updates, the Eternals trailer has come to our rescue.
Namor is a very vital character for Marvel studios if they intend to expand the MCU. As the King of Atlantis, Namor represents a world that is very different from the world of surface dwellers. Just like Wakanda in Black Panther, Atlantis is a world that is unique and for MCU that is a literal gold mine from a storyline point of view.
The hero has been around since 1939. So there are a lot of tales to be explored if Namor does get included in Black Panther 2. Namor has played major roles in recent Marvel crossovers that included big names like the Avengers, the X-Men, and even the Fantastic Four. If MCU Phase 4 intends to trump the pinnacle that was Phase 3, Namor is an iconic superhero then cannot ignore.
So it pays to have the groundwork laid out for this superhero with such a huge range from being an outright villain to a global savior. Avengers: Endgame saw Okoye talk about “underwater earthquakes” that lay outside Wakanda’s jurisdiction. This implicated Namor and Atlantis do exist within the MCU. But Eternals may just have showed us the very origin story of Atlantis in all its might glory.
The Eternals Trailer Has Scenes Which Show ‘The Fall Of Atlantis’
The trailer does reveal many natural disasters from ancient history. Volcanoes erupting, tidal waves crashing, and earthquakes coming out of nowhere plagued ancient humanity. This would be the “end of the world” scenario Sprite mentions in the trailer. The Eternals have been involved with Earth for at least 7000 years and that timeline could very well accommodate Atlantis, a Kingdom with close ties to the legacy of the Eternals and the Deviants in the comic books.
In the comics, Atlantis was once just a normal Kingdom that went to war with Lemuria, an expansionist empire ruled by the Deviants. Atlantis used a powerful weapon called the Serpent’s Head, which created massive geological disasters on the entire planet. The Celestials intervened and sank both the Kingdoms. Millennia later, Deviants scientists created the first water breathing Atlanteans who repopulated the Sunken Atlantis.
How Eternals Showcases Namor’s Turn to Villainy
Wakanda and Atlantis are rival nations in the comics. But with Chadwick Boseman no longer with us (Rest In Power), it is up to the rest of Wakanda to fight the Atlanteans in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. And the reason why Atlanta goes to war is simple – it’s the ‘Emergence’.
The Atlanteans hate the Deviants. The ‘Emergence’ is most likely the rise of the dormant Deviants race from the energy arising from the second snap. Eternals will see the Eternals and Deviants race exchange blows. The Atlanteans may end up blaming the humans, who were the reason of the second snap, for the revival of a species they have a deep-rooted hatred for. Maybe the only nation powerful enough to withstand the Atlantean assault is Wakanda.
This could end up being the storyline for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.