Marvel’s next big bust looks to be Black Panther 2, which is unfortunate as lots of fans loved the first movie so much.
However, this is Kevin Feige’s joke of a Phase 4 approach we are talking about here which has included bust after bust, so Black Panther 2 failing to live up to expectations shouldn’t be a big surprise.
Regarding Black Panther 2, Marvel hasn’t replaced Chadwick Boseman, which has upset a lot of fans as that also means no Black Panther for the MCU, and it’s now revealed the MCU’s Namor is in name only as Marvel and Feige have dropped Atlantis in favor of Talocan.
Namor will be played here by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, previously seen in The Forever Purge and Tigers Are Not Afraid – with this incarnation of the character inspired by the culture and history of Mesoamerica. “You can take Atlantis from Greek myth, or you can adapt from a real culture,” argues Huerta. Rather than the ruler of Atlantis, on the screen he’s the ruler of Talocan – and he’s drawn to the surface by the ramifications of T’Challa’s decision in Black Panther’s final reel to reveal the truth of Wakanda to the world. “That decision puts Talocan in jeopardy,” Huerta explains. “And Talocan has to take action to protect themselves.” One detail that is carrying over from the comics? According to Huerta, his Namor is indeed a mutant.
Kevin Feige ditches decades worth of Marvel history again
So we see that once again, Kevin Feige and his woke Marvel crew have done away with decades and decades worth of comic book history and story, all for the sake of diversity and representation. At least Namor In Name Only is a mutant, eh?
In a previous interview, Tenoch Huerta also revealed he didn’t know how to swim when he was first given the role (Mexicans are known for not liking the water) and said he likes Namor because the character is anti-Capitalist.
Checking up on Talocan, Wiki describes the place as more part of the underworld, but, hey, whatever works for Feige and his MCU, right?:
Tlālōcān (Nahuatl pronunciation: [t͡ɬaːˈloːkaːn̥]; “place of Tlāloc”) is described in several Aztec codices as a paradise, ruled over by the rain deity Tlāloc and his consort Chalchiuhtlicue. It absorbed those who died through drowning or lightning, or as a consequence of diseases associated with the rain deity. Tlālōcān has also been recognized in certain wall paintings of the much earlier Teotihuacan culture. Among modern Nahua-speaking peoples of the Gulf Coast, Tlālōcān survives as an all-encompassing concept embracing the subterranean world and its denizens.
This Namor seems to be a completely different version than the comics, so why even call the character Namor in the MCU?
The joke, once again, is on us. At least a Marvel Comics artist gets it.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever gets released on Nov. 11, 2022.