For the longest time, it’s been assumed that Namor the Sub-Mariner would finally make his MCU debut in Black Panther 2 AKA Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. As one of Marvel’s oldest characters, fans have been waiting to see the Atlantean king make an appearance in the movies for years, and it’s easy to imagine how the monarch of a secret kingdom would be at home in a film about another secret kingdom.
While it’s still yet to be officially confirmed that Namor is on his way in the sequel, it’s all but been announced at this stage. And, according to a new report, Marvel has been sitting on casting news for the anti-hero for the past six months. In November 2020, THR revealed that Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta had been cast in a villain role in BP2. Now, The Illuminerdi is claiming that Huerta is actually playing Namor.
What’s more, the same outlet writes that Marvel is currently casting two more key citizens of Atlantis – Namor’s cousin, Namora, and rival to the throne Attuma. Namora is a fierce ally to her kingly cuz, possessing the same mix of Atlantean/mutant abilities as him. Meanwhile, Attuma is a warlord who believes it’s his right to control the seas and has done battle with Namor many times as he schemes for power.
The 40-year-old Tenoch Huerta has enjoyed a prolific career in Latin America and Spain over the past couple of decades, but his breakout role in an English-language production came with Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, in which he starred opposite Star Wars‘ Diego Luna in its first two seasons. A third run is on the way, albeit it without Luna. Seeing as Huerta is busy with his newfound MCU commitments, it’s likely that he won’t feature in it either.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is gearing up to start shooting in Atlanta next month ahead of its debut in theaters on July 8th, 2022.