Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is the next big screen MCU release scheduled to hit theaters in November. And while much of the film, including its villain, is yet to be fully revealed, the persistent rumor has it that confirmed cast member Tenoch Huerta will play a version of Namor, with an accompanying adaptation of the Atlantis Kingdom behind him – all in progress . war against Wakanda.
While we will be the first to point out that nothing has yet been confirmed about Namor and Atlantis’ involvement in Wakanda Forever, we are also ready to admit that the rumors are interesting – and more or less credible – enough to dig into why . and how is it when Wakanda and Atlantis went to war in comics.
The lost kingdom
While we will not get into too much Marvel Atlantean history, TL: DR resembles the myth of the real world and the many versions of it you have seen everywhere from animated Disney movies to sci-fi TV shows and more, Marvel Comics -the kingdom of Atlantis was once a scientifically advanced but decadent nation that was swept underwater but continued to thrive by adapting to marine life.
There are several explanations for how Atlantis sank in the Marvel universe – two of which could be particularly relevant to the events of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever given the previous MCU films The Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder.
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In the more common tale of the sinking of Atlantis, the heavenly ones are responsible for sending it under the waves along with the deviant kingdom of Lemuria during an event called the ‘great catastrophe’, when they once wiped out the earth for sentient life.
In the second, Zeus and the other Olympic gods – as in those who just swore revenge on “superheroes” in Thor: Love and Thunder – let the Olympic Poseidon lower Atlantis to try to gain access to magic that is only allowed for the gods.
Either way, since they sank, Atlantis has become an on-again-off-again enemy of the so-called ‘surface world’, with their most famous king, Namor the Sub-Mariner, himself acting as both ally and enemy of these. who live on land over the years.
In fact, he has even been an Avenger – even right now, where he has recently been forced to merge with the Black Panther years after their two nations went to war, and Atlantis nearly wiped Wakanda off the map.
And since that is what we are here to talk about …
Although it was hardly the first time that Namor and Atlantis had declared war on the surface world over the years, the war between Atlantis and Wakanda during the event story Avengers Vs. X men (opens in new tab) and its follow-up Infinity (opens in new tab) may have been the most devastating.
As the title suggests, Avengers Vs. The X-Men (or AvX as it is often stylized) involve the Avengers and the X-Men, who battle the Phoenix Force, the cosmic unity of life, death, and rebirth that famously occupied Jean Gray during X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga (opens in new tab). In AvX, five X-Men – including Namor, who is himself considered a mutant – each get a share of Phoenix’s power.
During the resulting conflict, the empowered X-Men try to recreate the world in their image using the power of the Phoenix.
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The Avengers, who do not take this idea kindly, are against them, and in one of their matches, Scarlet Witch Namor is seriously injured.
As Wanda seeks refuge in Wakanda, Namor goes against the other members of the so-called ‘Phoenix Five’ and launches a total Atlantic attack on Wakanda, using the sea itself to flood and almost even huge parts of the hidden nation.
The Avengers gather around the Black Panther and drive back Namor’s forces – but only after heavy losses in Wakanda.
And although the battle resulted in Namor losing its Phoenix power – and the Avengers technically winning the conflict – it was not the end of the war between Wakanda and Atlantis.
Wakanda strikes back
In the later event story Infinity, Wakanda strikes back at Atlantis amid a conflict between the Avengers, Illuminati and most of the world’s other heroes against Thanos and the Black Order as they invade Earth to kill Thanos’ secret half-Eternal, half-Inhuman Son , Thane.
But while the Illuminati – of which both Namor and the Black Panther were members at the time – try to work together to ward off Thanos, Shuri, who then reigned monarch in Wakanda, declares an attack on Atlantis to take advantage of Namor’s distraction.
Wakanda destroys Atlantis in the same way that Atlantis previously destroyed Wakanda – but Namor is not willing to take down Wakanda’s retaliatory attack.
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So when Thanos arrives and knocks on Atlantis’ door looking for the Infinity Stone, which Namor hides, Namor lies and sends Thanos and the Black Order to Wakanda – and begins the cartoon version of Battle of Wakanda, which is seen in the movie Avengers: Infinity War.
During Infinity and the surrounding conflict between Atlantis and Wakanda, both kingdoms are destroyed by Thanos’ armies.
Interestingly, Infinity is the same event in which Terrigen Mists, the substance that gives Inhumans their powers when exposed to it, is released into the Earth’s atmosphere, triggering the cartoon version of Kamala Khan’s transformation into Ms. Marvel.
And of course, the aftermath of Infinity, where Multiversal Incursions began threatening the entire Marvel Universe, led directly to … say it with us now … Secret Wars.
Avengers vs. X-Men is one of those most effective Marvel Comics events of all times.