After making his MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, there are quite a few likely places that Tenoch Huerta’s Namor could return.
Huerta’s Wakanda forever villain has quickly become one of the most beloved in Marvel Studios history, as the Submariner finally made it to the big screen after years of dominating the comic book world.
It has been noted that Namors Wakanda forever appearance was made in an attempt to “to set up an upcoming franchise,” as it appears the studio has bigger plans for Hurta’s Talokanil King.
So, with many itching for more of Marvel’s aquatic anti-hero, here are the seven MCU projects Namor is most likely to appear in after Black Panther 2from highest probability to least.
Avengers: Secret Wars
Anyone who is anyone in the MCU (and even those who aren’t) will have a chance to join Avengers: Secret Wars, so that surely includes Tenoch Huerta’s Namor. From the looks of it, Marvel Studios has big plans for the character, so it feels like he has a guaranteed ticket to the culminating Multiverse Saga event. A wrench that can be thrown into this, however, is which version of the character appears on screen.
Looks like Secret Wars is the ultimate Multiversal Marvel story, there’s also a good chance fans will see a variation of Namor in the film. Perhaps he’s a more established Namor from across the multiverse, one who helps command an alternate Illuminati, a position he’s held a number of times in the comics.
Black Panther 3
Why Black Panther 3 comes in so high on the probability scale is simply in priority. Namor debuted in Black Panther 2so why wouldn’t he at least have a small part in a potential threequel?
Add to that Huertas this time Wakanda Forever villain could be an ally of Wakanda rather than an enemy of it. One must remember that at the end of Black panther the sequel Namor directly refers to Wakanda now seeing Talokan as a partner with his awesome Panther mural. So whenever the next threat emerges, the African nation will almost certainly look to not only their newly crowned hero, but Namor and Talokanil as well.
Wakanda Disney+ series
The previously announced Wakanda Disney+ series could be another great place for Namor to appear for the same reason Black Panther 3. The character has already been shown to have ties to the advanced African nation, so with everything happening related to Wakanda comes the possibility of having the Talokan king appear as well.
Since the Disney+ show could end up being rumored “origins spinoff series” to Danai Gurira’s Okoye and the Dora Milaje, it might not be the right place for Namor to reappear, mainly because it would destroy the in-universe timeline. But fans know there’s more Disney+ Black panther spin-offs in the works, so Kukulkan will have plenty of Wakandan action to bring when the opportunity arises.
Namor solo movie
If it weren’t for pesky rights issues, a Namor solo movie would easily be at the top of this list. The character and world feel primed and ready to be explored in their own film series; however, it is not that easy. Just like the Hulk, Namor’s standalone movie rights are tied up at Universal Studios. This means that, at least for now, the grade “may come back” to the MCU, but can’t star in his own movie.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has noted that he hopes they can make a solo film centered around Namor, initially telling fans that it would “depend” about how Wakanda forever did at the box office. So it’s not impossible. If Marvel has apparently worked out a deal to get another Hulk movie made, then there has to be a way to get a Namor movie as well.
Captain America: New World Order
Next on the list is Captain America: New World Order. On the side, Namor has previously allied with Cap, as well as the original Human Torch, forming a group called the Invaders. If Marvel Studios wanted to bring it to the screen, Tenoch Hurta’s MCU character could certainly be involved.
One question, however, would be if this Invaders team was connected back to the MCU, with Steve Rogers’ Cap having formed the team at one point in history, or if it would be a new squad assembled by Sam Wilson. Since Namor has been around for hundreds of years at this point, both could easily be on the table.
A Namor appearance in Ironheart may be a bit long term but it can still happen. Both Riri Williams and Namor debuted in the MCU Wakanda forever and will forever be linked because of it.
Ironheart seems to be a bit of a smaller-scale story compared to Ryan Coogler’s Wakandan epic. So if Namor were to appear, it would most likely be something held back for a post-credits scene to end the season, potentially teasing a Black Panther 3 or any of the Wakanda-based streaming series.
Admittedly, it seems unlikely that Namor will appear in the first MCU Fantastic four film, as Marvel Studios will want to establish these characters before diving into their wider canon; however, the character will almost certainly appear in one F4 project somewhere down the line.
Namor’s connections to Marvel’s First Family run deep. The Submariner has actually been romantically involved with Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman) in the comics, causing a major point of tension between the Fantastic Four and the Atlantean King. Marvel Studios could very easily look to adapt this particular story as they roll out their Fantastic Four plans.
Fans ask about Na-More
If Marvel Studios’ brain trust is as smart as fans think they are, they know the magic they have on their hands with Tenoch Huerta’s Namor the Submariner. Huerta has noted that he is ready for more, says Total Film “you can make many things” with his MCU character. If he’s up for it, and Marvel can make the rights situation work (as it did for Wakanda forever), then Feige and co. would be foolish not to bring him back.
When it comes to Namor’s next MCU appearance, it feels like a matter of “when” rather than “if.” Of course, nothing has been confirmed yet, but fans should rest easy knowing that Namor has been well-received and is likely to return to the MCU soon.