MCU’s Namor the Submariner confirmed to be a Mutant

Let’s see where this takes us.

words by: Alee Kwong
Oct 5, 2022

Tenoch Huerta, who will be playing Namor the Submariner, in the upcoming Marvel Studios film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has confirmed that his version of the underwater hero is a mutant. Wakanda Forever director, Ryan Coogler, and Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, haven’t confirmed it, but there’s a lot of weight in the actor who plays the character. Also, there’s no way someone would risk their Marvel bag by spilling secrets, especially if it involves the coveted M-word.


While Namor is Marvel’s first mutant in the comic books, he is not the first mutant to make their way to the MCU. In the last episode of Ms. Marvel, it was revealed that Kamala’s genes were “mutated.” The X-Men: Animated Series theme song was playing in the background as Bruno (Matt Lintz) dropped the surprising news on Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani). Before the drop in Ms. Marvel, the deviant gene was brought into the conversation by way of the Eternals. All this happening within one year can only mean one thing — the X-Men are on their way.


Coogler also shed more light on his decision to make Namor the villain of his sequel. “The contrast between T’Challa and Namor – their characters, and their nations – just leaps off the page,” he told Empire. “He’s a dream antagonist.”


The original plan was to tease Namor in the first Black Panther. Coogler actually pitched it as a post-credit scene, showing a series of wet footprints leading up to the Wakandan throne. Marvel Studios ended up shelving the idea until they secured Huerta for the role.


We are still in the new groundwork era of the MCU, so how Namor and Ms. Marvel will lead us closer to the X-Men and other mutants is unclear. There’s a possibility that a post-credit scene in Wakanda Forever could answer that for us.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will premiere in theaters on November 11, 2022.


In related mutant news, Hugh Jackman will return as Wolverine in Deadpool 3.


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