One thing that Marvel comics fans can usually agree on is that Namor the Sub-Mariner should be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s a character that’s been around forever. But what movie should he show up in? How should the cinematic universe portray him? And who should take on that role? These are much meatier questions and ones that are interesting to dive into. While recent casting rumors have been circulating to much dramatic effect, fanartists have also been having their go at it. Recently, mizuriau on Instagram shared their take on Luke Evans in the role, and the artist definitely has a way of winning you over to their point of view.
See Luke Evans as Namor the Sub-Mariner below.
Namor is the son of a human sea captain and a princess from Atlantis. The sea is an important part of who he is, and you can see the oceanic vibes in this piece of fanart. You can also see how the artist made Luke Evans look menacing as he emerges from the water. This goes well with what we’ve heard so far in rumors about Marvel’s plans for the character. His ears were also elongated, which is how his character is drawn in the comics as well. The character in the comics often looks menacing, wears dark clothing, and is well-muscled. The art here really pulls off that Namor look and sells him as a possible actor for the role.
You’ll notice that the artist put Wakanda Forever across the bottom of the picture of Luke Evans. Currently, it is believed that Namor will be the villain for Black Panther 2, which we now know is titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The character has been an antivillain, hero, and villain over the decades he’s spent in the Marvel comics universe despending on the story. It’s been rumored that he’ll be sticking to his darker roots. Recently, The Illuminerdi expanded on news of Marvel’s Namor plans when they reported that their sources have learned that Tenoch Huerta had been cast in the role.
Only days later, a scandal emerged around Tenoch Huerta. Twitter may have canceled Tenoch Huerta before Marvel has even made any announcements about his casting. Following the rumors that he was going to play Namor, users went through his account and found tweets that they found offensive. Making things more complicated, the tweets were originally written in Spanish. They were being judged based on how the Google Translate tool rendered them in English, and many of them appear to have been sarcastic. It’s unclear whether Tenoch Huerta was ever cast as Namor, or what Marvel made of his name trending, but so far no announcements for Namor have been made.
As awesome as Luke Evans looks in the role here on Instagram, he may currently be too busy to sign on for Namor. The actor recently signed up with Disney+ for a Beauty and the Beast prequel series with Josh Gad. Previously, Evans played Gaston in a live-action movie. Of course, the role of Namor hasn’t been announced yet, and his role as Gaston does give him a connection to Disney, and therefore Marvel, so never say never.