It should be noted that Marvel Studios has still not officially confirmed Tenoch Huerta is playing Namor in the Black Panther sequel, though the recent images appear to quell any doubts. Obviously, this puts an NDA-bound Marvel actor in a difficult position, but Huerta seems to be having fun with the leaks.
While fan reactions have been mixed, as is to be expected of fans’ reactions to any big Marvel reveal, the Namor actor seems to see the funny side of any doubts over his character’s appearance.
The leaked Namor images revealed the design for Tenoch Huerta’s version of the Submariner has been heavily influenced by Mayan and South American cultures. Huerta, however, has suggested an alternate source of inspiration for his take on Namor.
Taking to Twitter to address the leaked Namor images, Tenoch Huerta shared an image of Spongebob Squarepants‘ Mermaid Man – the cartoon’s parody of DC’s Aquaman. Huerta captioned the image (in Spanish) “Tenoch images are leaked…”Interestingly, Marvel’s Namor was probably part of the inspiration behind DC’s Aquaman – the two characters share several powers, character traits and backstory elements. Aquaman then went on to form the inspiration for Spongebob‘s comical Mermaid Man, so Tenoch Huerta’s tweet really brings the character’s evolution full circle.
It’s safe to say that the leaked images reveal Tenoch Huerta’s Namor is looking far more formidable in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever than Mermaid Man is the actor’s response to the leaks. However, evildoers may still want to avoid both.
Here is the synopsis for the first Black Panther film:
After the death of his father, the king of Wakanda, young T’Challa returns home to the isolated high-tech African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king – and Black Panther – is tested when he’s drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, he must release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, the film stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Namor and Namora in the MCU, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.