Two new clips released for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever offer a glimpse at Namor’s attack on Wakanda.
In the clips, one shared on Twitter and the other by Rotten Tomatoes on YouTube, Wakanda is shown to be suddenly flooded with water, with dozens of people being swept away by the current. While Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, is not shown in the clip, his warriors are shown fighting against the Wakandans, including the Dora Milaje and Winston Duke’s M’Baku.
In the comics, Namor’s kingdom is frequently at war with Wakanda, something teased in a synopsis released for Wakanda Forever, which emphasized Wakanda’s abundance of vibranium, something “Namor’s human father was sent searching for …in Antarctica.” Also highlighted is the “intertwined history” between Wakanda and the lost city of Atlantis, as both are civilizations that separated themselves from the outside world to protect their respective ways of life.
Namor Makes a Splash in the MCU
Created by Bill Everett, Namor, or the Sub-Mariner, first appeared in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939 as the King of Atlantis and a mutant. In February 2022, photos leaked from the set of Wakanda Forever fueled further speculation that Namor would appear in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel before it was officially confirmed. It was later revealed that in the MCU Namor does not rule over Atlantis, but another kingdom known as Talocan.
The first teaser trailer for Wakanda Forever introduced Huerta as Namor the Sub-Mariner, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart and teased a new hero to take up the Black Panther mantle. The identity of the new Black Panther is unknown, though there has been speculation that Letitia Wright, who has portrayed Shuri, the younger sister of the late Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa/Black Panther, in the MCU since 2018’s Black Panther, will be the one beneath the mask. Wright was asked about her potential new role in the MCU during San Diego Comic-Con 2022. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” she said. “But November 11, you get your ticket.”
Wakanda Forever began filming in Atlanta, GA on June 29, 2021, but production has paused several times since then due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The film serves as a sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, which starred the late Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther. Wakanda Forever’s plot was restructured following Boseman’s death in 2020. Wakanda Forever will see Angela Bassett reprise her role as Queen Ramonda, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. The film also stars Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.