Who is King Namor? An Introduction to Marvel’s King of Atlantis

During the recent SDCC, Ryan Coogler officially introduced us to Tenoch Huerta, who will play Namor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. New updates regarding the film have revealed that King Namor in MCU will not come from Atlantis but from Talocan, a kingdom created just for the film. Talocan is based on Aztec culture.

Even though the MCU version of Namor is quite far from the source material, let’s quickly find out who King Namor is in Marvel Comics.

King Namor, also called the Submarine, is the brainchild of writer and artist Bill Everett and first appeared in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939. Rumor has it that Everett created the character because Carl Burgos created the Human Torch. Everett made Namor, who has superhuman aquatic abilities, to rival the fire-manipulating character.

Everett calls Namor an “ultra-deep man (who) lives on land and in the sea, flies through the air, (and) has the strength of a thousand (surface) men”. Sources say Everett was inspired by Samuel Taylor’s Coleridge poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. And in the book The Steranko History of Comics, Everett reveals that he “called him the Submarine after the poem”, and for the name Namor he “simply spelled ‘Roman’ backwards”.

The origins of King Namor

Namor Mckenzie is the result of the forbidden love between Leonard McKenzie and the princess of Atlantis, Princess Fen. Their cursed fate led to McKenzie’s apparent death after Atlantean soldiers came to retrieve Princess Fen and attacked McKenzie and her crew.

The child was born and named Namor, which means “Avenging Son”. Namor is considered the “first mutant”, having both Atlantean (Homo mermanus) and human mutant (Home superior) genes in his blood.

Along with being the King of Atlantis, Namor is also the CEO of Oracle, Inc. In the comics, the company is a pioneer in solving environmental issues, which gave Namor the perfect disguise.

Considered Marvel’s oldest superhero, Namor has become a member of a multitude of superhero teams. Throughout its comic book history, it has been associated with the Invaders, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Defenders, and even the Illuminati. As an Alpha-level mutant, he is also part of the X-Men.

In the comics, he waged war against Black Panther in Wakanda when he became a member of the Phoenix Five, which emerged in the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. The group is believed to have been formed when the Phoenix Forced were angered by Scarlet Witch’s “No more mutants” in the House of M storyline.

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Powers and Abilities

Mutated physiology

King Namor has a mutated physiology thanks to his mutant and Atlantean genes. With this, he was born with amphibious abilities granting him the ability to survive underwater. He can also withstand freezing temperatures in the sea and has clear underwater vision.

superhuman abilities

Having Atlantean genes in his blood gave Namor incredible strength, speed, stamina, agility, and reflexes. His strength depends on his contact with water, which decreases when he is out of water for too long. He is also considered the fastest swimmer in the history of Atlantis.

aquatic healing

Besides his superhuman abilities, Namor also has aquatic healing. This gives him the ability to heal any damaged tissue when immersed in water.


As surprising as it may seem, Namor was the first superhero to have the power to fly. He has wings at his ankles that allow him to fly. With these wings, he can fly faster than a military plane.

Aquatic Telepathy

Namor also possesses the ability to communicate with most marine species. He can also use this telepathic ability to communicate with other Atlanteans.

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The latest full trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever gave us an accurate insight into the King Namor comic. And the clips showed him and his soldiers going against the people of Wakanda.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on November 11.

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