Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is still number 1 at the box office
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever introduced Namor to the MCU, but did Avengers: Endgame conceal his relationship with Captain America? The MCU has built its reputation on the interconnectedness of its various media properties. To that end, it frequently sneaks in references and teases of other characters and events in its films before they have even been introduced or have even occurred. Due to these rumors and speculations, Namor (Tenoch Huerta) was the subject of much conjecture before his official entrance in the second Black Panther film.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, brought viewers back to Wakanda as the country grieved the loss of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and prepared for the arrival of a new monarch and new Black Panther, with Shuri (Letitia Wright) assuming the mantle. Also, Shuri and her team had to contend with Namor and his people, who were protecting their undersea city of Talokan from scientists who wanted to steal their vibranium. Namor’s appearance in the MCU had been hinted at before, but there may be a personal reference to Namor in Avengers: Endgame that links him to Captain America (Steve Rogers).
Some of Namor’s whales may have been spotted by Captain America in Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame opens with the remaining heroes trying to adjust to life after Thanos’ snap while simultaneously searching for a solution to bring back everyone who was taken away. Captain America’s (Chris Evans) conversation with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, in which he mentions seeing a pod of whales in the Hudson River, is often cited as an example of Cap’s unwavering optimism in the face of adversity; however, a TikTok user has speculated that this may have been a reference to Namor since the Talokan leader and his people frequently relied on whales as a mode of transportation.
If this is the case, then after the blip, Namor and his people made the long journey from the Mexican coast to New York City, but despite living in a world where half the population had vanished, they still opted not to communicate with the surface dwellers. It’s also possible that the scene wasn’t meant to be a tease for Namor’s entry to the MCU but rather to demonstrate how the Earth was “healing” despite losing half its inhabitants, with marine life returning to New York Harbor as a bright spot in Captain America’s eyes.
Wakanda Forever! And Other Namor Hints From The MCU Before Black Panther
Okoye’s (Danai Gurira) statement of an underwater earthquake off the coast of Africa in Avengers: Endgame was taken for a while as a secret Namor reference. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever disproved this by revealing that Talokan is not on the coast of Africa but instead in the Gulf of Mexico. Most fans assumed that the place depicted on the map behind Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) when he spoke with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in the closing moments of Iron Man 2 was Atlantis, Namor’s realm in the comics, however Black Panther: Wakanda Forever disproved this. Popular theories about Namor and Talokan’s appearances in earlier MCU films have been refuted. Still, it remains to be seen whether or not there are any additional, genuine references to them in those films.