Namor the Sub-Mariner has long been on the cards to make an appearance in the MCU. Fans were excitedly pointing to Okoye in Avengers: Endgame reporting she was investigating underwater earthquakes as the depleted Avengers met post-snap.
This chimes with the comics as Black Panther and Namor often clashed. A version of Namor destroyed Wakanda in one story after a war between Wakanda and Atlantis.
His appearance was a challenge as his rights were tied up with Universal but that has now been resolved. Tenoch Huerta will reportedly bring the role to life in sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The character and the events of this movie reportedly ties back to Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart and Namor will appear beyond the Black Panther sequel. Now a piece of promotional art featuring Tenoch Huerta’s Namor has found it’s way online via Twitter user @MCU_Facility that gives us the first full look at the character as he will appear. This was revealed first in an official blurry image in the background of some official Black Panther photos.
The look is reminiscent of the comics but with added Mayan-style additions, seemingly confirming the rumor that Atlantis will have South and Central American roots in the MCU.
Atlantis was an mentioned in an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato’s works Timaeus and Critias, wherein it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges Ancient Athens. If Atlantis did exist anywhere, it would have been in the Mediterranean region or just past the Straits of Gibraltar in the Eastern Atlantic.
This second location is considered the most likely due to quotes attributed to Solon, who visited Egypt between 590 and 580 BC. In translated Egyptian records he stated:
“For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, which, starting from a distant point in the Atlantic ocean, was insolently advancing to attack the whole of Europe, and Asia to boot. For the ocean there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, ‘the pillars of Heracles,’ there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together.”
Quite a way from Central Africa, home of Wakanda, too.