Namor de Tenoch Huerta is one of the prominent characters in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The power, nuance and passion that Huerta put into her performance made the character leap off the screen. But just as fascinating as Namor himself is the kingdom he is sworn to protect. Talokan is the newest location in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, brimming with potential for further exploration that a Disney+ series could tap into.
Namor is willing to do anything to keep his people safe from the outside world. He is a man who from his birth received a responsibility that few could bear and has lived his entire life trying to live up to it. Although he was a leader loved by his people in black panther 2a TV series could illustrate how he got to where he is and how he helped turn Talokan into what he sees in the movie.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Makes Namor’s Past Fascinating
A series could focus on Namor’s upbringing more than Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was able to. The movie showed that when Namor was born, he had already been chosen to lead his people. But his winged feet, curved ears and greater strength of him are what made people revere him. They even gave him the name of the feathered serpent god: K’ulk’ulkan. Was this a nickname he easily adopted or was there some resistance on his part? The series could answer how Namor came to accept being compared to a god.
Another aspect of Namor shown in the film was his distaste for the surface world. When he was younger, he took the body of his mother to bury where she was born. But when he stepped on land, he saw the Spanish conquistadors abusing the natives and dirtying the land. Viewers learned that he killed them before burying his mother. But it is unknown if other events in Namor’s youth cemented opinion of him on the surface. That would also be great material for a Disney+ series.
Talokan is a wonderful new location for the MCU
A Namor series would also have to focus on his kingdom, since both the king and the kingdom have existed for the same amount of time. Moving away from the comics, the kingdom that Namor rules in the MCU is not Atlantis but Talokan, described as a city built by indigenous Mayans who escaped Spanish colonization by fleeing to the sea. Talokan is not just another secret civilization hidden from the world, but the only society on the planet capable of going head to head with Wakanda.
Namor is a fundamental part of how Talokan became what it is. How did it influence the surrounding culture? Is it his influence that made the Talokan people so warlike, or is it the other way around? Are there previous traditions that Namor decided to eliminate? And how controlling is Namor as a ruler? These are questions that black panther 2 I didn’t have time to go in-depth, but a TV series would have plenty of time to explore.
Namor is one of Marvel’s oldest characters and one of the most complex. He is a man with a great love for this people and kingdom, but he does not share that love with the rest of the world. He is a warlord whose top priority will always be Talokan’s safety, and in turn, Talokan is with him. Disney+ is able to add more context to Namor and his world that a solo Namor movie couldn’t, making a series the best way forward for the character.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is already in theaters.