Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, best known for his role as Rafael Caro Quintero on the Netflix drama series Narcos: Mexico, is in talks to play a villain in Marvel’s upcoming sequel Black Panther 2, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Filming is scheduled to start in July 2021 and may last about six months.
It’s unclear who Huerta might play, but some fans are hoping he’ll be cast as the Marvel antihero Namor the Sub-Mariner, the superhuman son of an Atlantis princess and a human sea captain. Others would like to see Marvel introduce one of its Latino characters to the big screen by casting Huerta as a villain known as Tarantula.
Plans for a Black Panther sequel became a question mark after the tragic death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman in late August. Boseman, who played Wakanda’s King T’Challa/Black Panther, died after a private battle with colon cancer.
Now, reports are circulating that Marvel will move forward with Black Panther 2, leaving many wondering how the film will unfold without Boseman inside the Vibranium-woven suit. The Hollywood Reporter says that Marvel “will not use CGI” to add Boseman into the film. The outlet also reports that actress Letitia Wright, who played T’Challa’s younger sister Shuri, “may take on a more prominent role.”
Beyond that, news on the sequel is limited. There are, of course, legions of fans speculating about what Marvel has in store, including whether Shuri will take the helm as the new Black Panther and which character Huerta will portray if he is ultimately cast.
If Marvel fans want any more hints, they aren’t going to get them from Huerta. He’s been tight-lipped, sending out only an ambiguous tweet this weekend: “Well now, it seems to me that our message will be delivered farther and with so much power.”
Bueno, parece que nuestro mensaje llegará más lejos y con más potencia.
Well now, it seems to me that our message will be delivered farther and with so much power.
— Tenoch Huerta Mejía (@TenochHuerta) November 21, 2020