Although the Black Panther sequel has faced numerous delays in the past months, a new set photo has fans buzzing about the film. On Twitter, @AtlantaFilming posted an on-set photo featuring a water tank with crew setting up for what appears to be an underwater scene. The original post was deleted minutes later.
The photo has sparked greater theories regarding the anti-hero Namor and the well-known continent Atlantis. Although nothing is confirmed, rumor has it that the ruler of Atlantis: Namor (also known as the Sub-Mariner) will be making an appearance in the highly-anticipated sequel. In the comics, Namor crosses paths with Fantastic Four and X-Men, so we may be seeing a lot of this character in upcoming Marvel projects!
Since Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to delve deeper into the history and culture of Wakanda, the introduction to Atlantis in the MCU isn’t too far-fetched. Both Wakanda and Atlantis have advanced technology and have concealed themselves from most of the world. Throughout the comics, these two civilizations have an intertwined past, even fighting in a war against each other. In addition, the Eternals may have paved the road for Atlantis to make an appearance soon. In the comics, Atlantis sunk due to the destruction caused by the Celestials’ second host. With the introduction of Celestials and Deviants in the Eternals, Atlantis’ debut may be just around the corner.
Whether we will see Namor and Atlantis in Black Panther’s sequel remains as speculation, but Marvel has announced that the movie will feature returning characters Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye (Danai Gurira). Beyond that, we will also see new faces in the movie such as Riri Williams aka Ironheart, who will be played by Dominique Thorne.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for a November 2022 release, so it may be a while before any news regarding Namor’s appearance is confirmed. For now, we will have to wait to see what the sequel has in store for its audiences!