Black Panther 2’s Namor Gets Stunning Fan Mural In Time For MCU Debut
In honor of his franchise arrival, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Namor has gotten a stunning fan mural to celebrate his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut. Tenoch Huerta, well-known for his roles in The Forever Purge and Narcos: Mexico, brings the iconic Marvel antihero to life in the newly released sequel, serving as the king of the ancient underwater civilization, the Talokan. When T’Challa’s desire to open the resources of Wakanda up to the world threatens his people, Namor threatens to wage war on the titular country, who are still mourning the loss of their king, keeping in line with Chadwick Boseman’s tragic real death.
Gaby Meza, host of the YouTube channel Fuera de Foco, recently took to Twitter to reveal a special Black Panther: Wakanda Forever mural. Situated in the center of Aguascalientes, México, and created by artist Jesus Capetillo Chunga, the art offers a stunning depiction of Huerta’s Namor, in time for the character’s MCU debut. Check out the breathtaking mural below:
How Black Panther 2’s Namor Breaks New MCU Ground
Taking the basis of Namor’s design from one of the film’s posters, the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever fan mural is a breathtaking celebration of the antihero’s introduction to the MCU. One of the more interesting notes of the art is that it is on display in Aguascalientes, a state located not too far from the State of Mexico, where Huerta himself was born. Though a few states separate the two, having the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Namor fan mural is a touching ode to the actor bringing him to life.
Much like Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger before him, Huerta’s Namor marks another major groundbreaking for the MCU, not only delivering another villain for whom audiences can actually sympathize with, but also taking strides in representation. Unlike early iterations of his comic book counterpart, which established him as a descendant of Atlantis, co-writer/director Ryan Coogler took to developing his own backstory for Namor, primarily basing him in Aztec culture, and better embracing African and Indigenous roots. Though Huerta has previously stated he doesn’t identify as Indigenous, he has praised Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s efforts to highlight such culture through his character, and his people, the Talokan.
Not only did the film introduce an expansive backstory for the character, rife for projects exploring said time periods, but Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set up a promising future for Namor within the MCU. Given the franchise is gearing up for the Secret Invasion event, it will be interesting to see if the character goes on to appear in The Cabal, a team of supervillains, many of whom have either already been introduced in the MCU or are in the near future, including Loki, Taskmaster, Ironheart antagonist The Hood, and Namor himself. Regardless where he appears next, one can only hope Huerta’s Namor gets a chance to further expand on the positive representation seen in his MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is finally in theaters.
LIK’ IK TALOCAN \ud83c\uddf2\ud83c\uddfd Un mural del #Namor de @TenochHuerta fue realizado en el centro de Aguascalientes, México \ud83d\udd8c\ufe0f\ud83c\udfa8 El mural es obra del artista local @chunga_grafikapopular \ud83d\ude45\ud83c\udfff\u2642\ufe0f pic.twitter.com/HtoopmPx0A— Gaby Meza – \ud83c\udf7f\ud83c\udf08 (@GabyMeza8) November 11, 2022