The first plot details of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever have been revealed, and they seem to confirm an old fan theory. According to Weekly output, the film will tell the “intertwined story” between Wakanda and the lost city of Atlantis and bring Namor into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The MCU has been flirting with a big screen version of Atlantis and Namor for a while now. There have been tentative lines and background props that hint at something in the oceans of Marvel Earth, but nothing concrete. The most specific reference we got came in Avengers: Endgame, where there was an offhand mention of an underwater earthquake that fans took as an apparent reference to Namor. Now, however, it seems to have been confirmed that Atlantis exists in the MCU.
The full plot description reads: “Wakanda and Atlantis are hidden civilizations with advanced technology and heightened militaristic capabilities that have decided to secede from the rest of the world for their own safety and, to in a way, out of fear. Wakanda feared their technology would be abused. Atlantis feared that the surface dwellers would come to desecrate the mythical city as they did so many years ago. And yet, their fears s make it even worse when these two once-hidden nations clash. Wakanda and Atlantis have a surprisingly intertwined history. Wakanda is the only county in the world with access to vibranium. However, rumors of its potency have spread around the world and Namor’s human father was sent to search for this rare material in Antarctica.
The question now, of course, is who plays Namor? There were rumors that Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico) had been cast in the role, but nothing has been confirmed at the time of writing.
One of the oldest characters in Marvel comics, Namor is the mutant son of a starship captain and a princess of the kingdom of Atlantis. Born with incredible powers beyond the average Atlantean, Namor uses his superhuman abilities to defend his home from anything that threatens him. In recent years, Namor has come into frequent conflict with T’Challa.
Black Panther 2 began production last week. The project was delayed after the death of Chadwick Boseman last year to give the cast time to grieve and give Coogler time to figure out how to continue the story without its leading man.
Marvel Studios has confirmed that they will not be recasting T’Challa or using a digital version of Chadwick Boseman in the Black Panther movie or spin-offs. Instead, the studio wants the film to honor Chadwick’s legacy and build on what he helped establish in the first film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for July 8, 2022.