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Namor Is “A Dream Villain” For Black Panthe

Namor’s forces are pushed back by the Avengers, but not before Wakanda has suffered a lot of damage. Even though Namor lost his Phoenix power in the battle and the Avengers sort of won the war, that was not the end of the conflict between Wakanda and Atlantis.

When Namor finally told T’Challa what he had done, the Black Panther vowed to kill his old friend. Namor soon started working with the Cabal to destroy other worlds to keep the Incursions from coming to Earth. Wakanda was destroyed by this group.

With Black Panther, Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler made the MCU a lot bigger. When Wakanda showed up in all its glory, it felt like a whole new world had opened up. People couldn’t wait to go back there (which, luckily, they soon did in Avengers: Infinity War). And while the long-awaited sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will take viewers even deeper into the technologically advanced African country of Wakanda, Ryan Coogler’s next movie will also show them a whole new world: Namor, Marvel’s famous Sub-Mariner, is coming, and he’s going to take us under the sea.

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With this news, Namor will be the third major mutant to show up in the MCU this year. Patrick Stewart played Professor Xavier again in Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, and it looks like a major hero in the MCU is being remade as a mutant.

Director Ryan Coogler also explained why he chose Namor to be the bad guy in his next movie. He called Namor “a dream antagonist.”

“T’Challa and Namor are so different, both in terms of who they are and where they come from,” Coogler told Empire. “He’s a great bad guy.”

In fact, Coogler was going to hint at Namor’s first appearance in the first Black Panther. Kevin Feige, who works for Marvel, said that Coogler proposed a scene after the credits that showed a path of wet footprints leading up to the Wakandan throne. In the end, Marvel kept Namor’s look a secret until Comic-Con, when Huerta’s role was officially confirmed.

Feige told Empire that it was “much too soon” to cast someone else as T’Challa, so he and Coogler worked on a new draught of the script to figure out how to keep the spirit of the original story.

“Stan Lee always said that Marvel is like looking out the window. “We talked about how, no matter how strange or fantastic our characters and stories are, there is always something human and relatable about what we do,” Feige said. “The world is still coming to terms with Chad’s death. And Ryan put all of this into his story.”