BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER Star Tenoch Huerta On Namor's Possible Role In AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY

BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER Star Tenoch Huerta On Namor's Possible Role In AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Tenoch Huerta has addressed speculation he'll return as Namor in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty but, as you might expect, the actor is giving nothing away! Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Mar 03, 2023 06:03 AM EST
Source: The Wrap

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania writer Jeff Loveness recently indicated that Tenoch Huerta's Namor will be part of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, no great shock after his standout performance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

By the time that sequel wrapped up, Namor had been defeated by Shuri but reached an uneasy alliance with Wakanda he hoped would mean they'd eventually fight alongside Talokan. Those machinations might need to be put to one side, however, especially with a threat like Kang (and his many Variants) on the horizon. 

Talking to The Wrap this week, Huerta addressed his MCU future as Namor with two Avengers movies heading our way. 

"Honestly, I don’t know. I hope so," he said of a possible upcoming return. "Please tell the people to send tweets and letters to Marvel because I would love to appear in the next movie, but I don’t really know."

"I was talking with [Werewolf by Night star] Gael Garcia Bernal and he said, 'Something that is funny with Marvel, everybody around knows everything about your character except you.' And that happened to me!" The actor would, however, note he'd "love" to join The Avengers.

Something Huerta could discuss was the impact playing Namor has had on his career and Hollywood in general. 

"Now I have the opportunity to choose better and more projects," he tells the trade. "I’m planning to make my own company to produce bilingual content."

"In terms of representation, what we want to show to the people about us, the representation of us, made by us, which is the important thing. It is not just [enough] to be in front of the camera, but who is telling the tale, who is the storyteller? That for me is more important, even more than to be in front of the camera."

What are your hopes for Namor in the MCU moving forward?

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bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 6:48 AM
Seeing how Loveness not so long ago said that he was looking forward to writing Namor, I think Huerta (and we) can assume Namor will appear

Think he'll serve a similar role as Black Panther in Infinity War, where he's the leader of the good guy army to defeat the bad guy's punching bag army.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:02 AM
@bkmeijer1 - yeah and because Wakanda Forever ended with the Talocans and Wakandans in a truce, we'll probably see them all fighting together against the Kang army.

This all seems a little to familiar though. So I hope there's a creative approach to it all.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 7:04 AM
@RedFury - yeah same. Think the faceless bad guy army (even if it's all just Kangs and thus have actual faces: that of Jonathan Majors) is getting really tiring at this point.

Rather just see 10 or so Avengers go up against a maximum of three Kangs and that's it. But I guess the heroes are always gonna need countless bad guys to punch.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:11 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Same here man. The armies of the cities is a cool concept and definitely lends itself to the plot of the solo films. But in an event film with a roster of heroes we've come to know well, I want to the focus to be solely on them. We've had so many armies in the avengers films... Give us heroes vs. villains for a change. Even if it's just a handful of uniquely different Kang variants, I'd be happy. Give the heroes each a Kang to face off with, and let the rumble begin!
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 7:21 AM
@RedFury - I don't actually wanna see it in a solo movie nor a team-up movie.

Unless it's this force that has been built up over years, then it can still make an impact when it arrives. But if not, then it just feels shallow.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:25 AM
@bkmeijer1 - so you'd be happier seeing the next BP film, or even a Namor solo film be more of a personal tale than a political war film. I'd definitely be more aligned with that route myself, especially after getting two films structured around the thrown, armies, and political theatre.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 7:43 AM
@RedFury - BP, Avengers, Captain America. All of them. But it can still have political angle to it. Think Civil War did it really well for example.

That entire Zemo subplot was rooted in political action, and it didn't end with army vs army. Just with him having a talk with T'Challa.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:50 AM
@bkmeijer1 - so true, Civil War is a very great example of weaving in political drama well. And that ending with him and zemon is a very mature way to conclude a rivalry. Especially for an MCU film.

I like you're view and feel of the films dude.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 7:58 AM
@RedFury - thanks. I am even planning to write an article the faceless bad guy army bothers soon because how much it bothers me.

But yeah, Civil War does it well. And so does The Winter Soldier. Despite it's massive scale third act, it still has a great hero-villain dynamic at it's core.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 8:04 AM
@bkmeijer1 - haha do it, I'd definitely give it a read.

Winter Soldier may be the best entry in the MCU, even with the scale of the third act. They really fleshed out Cap in that film, and showed that his loyalty to the idea of peace and brotherhood outweighs his "duty" to the government and it's mission. That's why Cap has been, and always will be my fav. He stands for the right things, and does it altruistically.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 8:15 AM
@RedFury - I will, since it won't be the first anyway.

And yeah, Winter Soldier is such a great movie. Still my favorite in the whole MCU. Just works on so many levels. Character, action, music, just everything.
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 3/3/2023, 6:59 AM
I personally enjoyed his portrayal of Namor (even though having him losing to Shuri was lame), so hope he comes back.
KWilly
KWilly - 3/3/2023, 7:02 AM
@Urubrodi - Namor losing to Shuri after she JUST got the BP mantle for the first time still don't sit right with me. Nerfed Namor to high heavens.
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 3/3/2023, 7:12 AM
@KWilly - Well, it’s not like it was a fair fight. Shuri came prepared, fully exploiting his weaknesses, not to dissimilar to how Black Panther and Batman do in the comics, and was fighting dirty.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:14 AM
@PlusUltra - I think this is the redeeming factor of that final battle. Shuri really shouldn't have won, but she did fight dirty and that's what got her the W. In a fair fight I think it was obvious that Namor would have won, but you can't exactly have your new BP lose their first major confrontation. It would sort of deflate the excitement of seeing her take up the mantle. (Though I think someone else probably should have gotten it before her. But that's just me.)
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 3/3/2023, 7:19 AM
@RedFury - I think it made what usually is a generic final fight in these movies more interesting too. Shuri was out of her league, as were the Wakandan’s, but despite her newly found powers, it was Shuri’s intelligence and native wit that actually saved the day here.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:21 AM
@PlusUltra - I like that perspective. Rather than her being the ultimate badass like T'Challa was, she's the smart tactics heavy BP. Hopefully they continue that approach throughout her arc.
Taonrey
Taonrey - 3/3/2023, 7:31 AM
@KWilly - agreed then they did it again but worse with kang in Antman 3
KWilly
KWilly - 3/3/2023, 7:59 AM
@PlusUltra - True, but Shuri was stabbed right through the stomach. I'm sorry, that should've been the end right there lol.
rychlec
rychlec - 3/3/2023, 9:24 AM
@KWilly - exactly. One doesn't literally bounce back after something like that... heart-shaped herb or not. Tony got stabbed and that was the end of that..
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 3/3/2023, 7:09 AM
Can’t wait for his return. Easily my favourite character of this saga so far.

Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 3/3/2023, 7:21 AM
@PlusUltra - That probably would go to Moon Knight for me.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:28 AM
@Urubrodi - Shang-Chi for me I think. There's something about Simu Liu's performance that's really endearing to me.
Reginator
Reginator - 3/3/2023, 7:40 AM
@RedFury - I really liked Shang-Chi. The only issue I had was him getting the 10 rings. He was one of the only characters that could stand toe to toe with superheroes due to his skill alone.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 3/3/2023, 7:46 AM
@Urubrodi @RedFury - Moon Knight and Shang-Chi are my favorites as well.

And I have a controversial third: She-Hulk. I'm probably one of the few, but I think she's the perfect leading character for Secret Wars.

Hope we get a Knights team up with Daredevil, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Shang-Chi and maybe a character like Blade or Werewolf soon too.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:58 AM
@Reginator - so true. And they already established with Cap that you don't need lasers, or lightning to stand with the power houses.
RedFury
RedFury - 3/3/2023, 7:59 AM
@bkmeijer1 - holy shit I don't know why I forgot about Werewolf! I absolutely loved that special, and can't wait to see more of the character. The duality between how kind he is as a person vs. how insane he is as the werewolf really did it for me.
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