Entertainment: Thor: Love & Thunder Quietly Debunked A Namor God Theory

Why Thor's Story Should End with Love and Thunder

  Why Thor's Story Should End with Love and Thunder Thor's adventures have been a hell of a ride, but it might be time to bid adieu to the God of Thunder.Only the third big-screen Avenger ever to be introduced all the way back in 2011, Chris Hemsworth’s journey as the thunder god Thor has spanned the practical totality of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has now permeated every phase of the franchise. Thor’s presence in the MCU has been split between defending the nine realms as Asgard’s rightful heir and as one of Earth’s mightiest heroes as he learns humility and what it means to be worthy.

A scene in Thor: Love and Thunder quietly debunked a theory about Namor being an MCU god. With the Sub-Mariner’s live-action debut finally within view, all sorts of theories have offered possible explanations on how Marvel plans to use him. Marketing for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has provided hints, but the full picture has yet to be revealed.

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In Marvel Comics, Namor the Sub-Mariner is the half-human king of Atlantis, an underwater civilization populated by blue-skinned people. While the MCU is keeping certain elements of Namor’s backstory, it’s become clear that Marvel has made significant changes to his character. Arguably the biggest is the fact that Namor’s kingdom is no longer Atlantis. Merchandise for the movie has confirmed that the MCU’s Namor is from Talocan, a place clearly based on Tlālōcān, a paradise dimension occupied by gods in Aztec mythology. All indication point toward Atlantis being scrapped from Marvel’s MCU plans.

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Marvel’s decision to use Talocan in place of Atlantis has naturally raised speculation that Namor’s people will be the MCU’s interpretation of the Aztec gods. Leaning in this direction would be fitting, especially since Marvel has already established that so many pantheons exist as real people in the MCU. However, Thor: Love and Thunder proves that this won’t be how Marvel explains its Namor changes. During the scene set in Omnipotence City, Marvel showed a brief glimpse at what appeared to be an Aztec god, and confirmed his identity in the credits. Judging by his green skin, this character has no connection to Namor’s race.

What Thor: Love & Thunder’s Aztec God Reveal Means For Namor

Thor: Love and Thunder made it abundantly clear that the Aztec gods do exist in the MCU, but they’re completely different from Namor’s race. What's unusual about that is that it appears Marvel has decided to introduce two separate groups based on the same ancient South American civilization. Regardless of the reason for the move, associating Namor with Talocan can work both for the movie and the character in general. Marvel can swap out Atlantis with Talocan without reinventing him, as his personality and motivations could remain unaltered.

Namor's Origin Change Is A Very Smart Decision For Black Panther 2

  Namor's Origin Change Is A Very Smart Decision For Black Panther 2 Marvel made a significant change to Namor's origin for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Here's why that was actually a good move for the MCU.Played by Tenoch Huerta, Namor is finally on his way to the MCU via the Black Panther sequel. After years of unverified rumors, it’s no longer a secret that the Avenging Son will lead his people into a war with T’Challa’s people in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The trailer for the final Phase 4 movie confirms the upcoming confrontation between Namor’s kingdom and Wakanda. Rumors aside, Marvel taking this route with the story isn’t a surprise, especially since the two civilizations are old enemies in Marvel Comics.

That being said, making him a full-fledged god could force Marvel to make additional changes. Namor has impressive longevity but isn’t immortal in the same sense as Thor, Hercules, or Zeus. If they were all gods, several members of his species would possess immortality, incredible powers, and more. If that were to be the situation with Namor’s race in Black Panther Wakanda Forever, they would no longer have anything in common with the Atlanteans in Marvel Comics. So instead of following along with Moon Knight and Thor: Love and Thunder to make sense of its new characters, it seems Black Panther 2 may come up with an altogether different explanation for Namor the Sub-Mariner.

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Why Black Panther 2 Uses Two Pronunciations for Namor's Name .
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever producer Nate Moore explains why the MCU film uses two different pronunciations for Namor's name.The topic of Namor's name came up during Moore's recent interview with Phase Zero -- as did the fact that "Nate Moore" actually sounds a lot like one pronunciation "Namor." (Coincidence? Probably.) Phase Zero host Brandon Davis pointed out that in Wakanda Forever, Namor's name is pronounced as both Nämor and Nāmor. "...

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