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Black Panther 2: What ethnicity is Namor? Explained

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Marvel comics’ first antihero, Namor the Submariner, seems to have finally gotten much-deserved screen time with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. However, the character’s entry to the MCU has left many fans wondering about Namor’s apparent changes from his comic origins. To be precise, his ethnicity seems to be in question since he doesn’t look like his comic book counterpart.

In Marvel Comics, Namor is shown as a white-skinned male with pointy ears. However, his appearance in the latest MCU movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever looks closest to a Hispanic male.

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Marvel Comics.

Namor is the only white-skinned Atlantean in Marvel Comics

Namor, empowered by the Phoenix Force (Image via Marvel Comics)

Namòr is going to be such a fckn interesting character…(Tenoch also confirms that the MCU’s Namor is around 500 years old) https://t.co/i0U8fW0XVh

To corroborate that Namor is Aztec, actor Tenoch Huerta said in an interview that the antihero “is around 500 years old.” It was in the 16th century that the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs began, which is where the story is set.

However, the above is a theory based on the actor’s interview and the elements shown in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Namor can either belong to the Aztecs or the Mayans, and nothing can be said for sure until any official confirmation comes from Marvel Studios.

In other news, actor Tenoch Huerta, who is of Mexican descent, provides a near-perfect casting for Namor the Submariner in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Edited by Priya Majumdar

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