Why the MCU’s Next Hulk and rumored Black Panther movie villain hate each other
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to create a new generation of heroes, here’s how two prominent characters already hate each other.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Avengers # 50, on sale now from Marvel Comics.
As Marvel Studios continues to roll out Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the shared cinematic world has regularly seen the introduction of a new generation of heroes ready to follow the lead of the MCU’s original Avengers. Among the next characters to debut in the MCU in the New Year is Jennifer Walters’ She-Hulk, while the next movie in the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is widely rumored to feature the inclusion of Namor the Sub. Jennifer Walters and Namor have made their mark in comic book history before, with the two bitterly at odds.
Namor and Hulk have always worked together in the Marvel Comic Book Universe, as teammates in the classic Defenders lineup. However, Namor’s position with the wider superhero community has always been fragile, and recent circumstances have done little to help. Tired of the surface world mistreating and polluting the Earth’s seas and the realm of Atlantis, Namor has formed his own team of superheroes dubbed the Defenders of the Deep, united in their contempt for the surface world and the Avengers. His vendetta against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes ultimately led to him being deposed from the throne of Atlantis and his team, leaving him in disgrace and much of that relates directly to She-Hulk.
When the Phoenix Force came to Earth in search of a new host, Namor became obsessed with reuniting with the cosmic entity at all costs, temporarily bonding with it during the 2012 crossover event. Avengers vs. X-Men. One of the other candidates to become Phoenix’s new host was She-Hulk, with the two forming a notable animosity against each other that persisted even after Echo became Phoenix’s new host instead. Later, after being corrupted by the Winter Guard into the monstrous Winter Hulk, She-Hulk decimated the Atlantean army, with Namor being humiliated by this development which caused him to lose the faith of his people.
She-Hulk was apparently able to purge the lingering effects of the Winter Hulk from her body and, in Avengers # 50 (by Jason Aaron, Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Ed McGuinness, Javier Garron, Rafael Fonteriz, Alex Sinclair, David Curiel, Matt Hollingsworth, Rachelle Rosenberg and Cory Petit of VC), Jen sets out to make amends as she is transformed into its most frightening state. She-Hulk directly approaches Namor to reconcile. To Jen’s surprise, Namor follows She-Hulk’s lead, potentially signaling that the two bitter rivals may have finally put their differences aside and could work together toward a common goal as the Avengers face their threat. the deadliest to date.
It’s still unconfirmed if Namor officially makes his MCU debut, but, if the Sub makes the leap into the Shared Cinematic Universe, there’s certainly a precedent in the comics where he’ll take on She-Hulk in as long as the gamma-ray lawyer is about to take center stage.
In the meantime, the two enemies appear to have finally buried the hatchet just in time to face Doctor Doom’s latest machinations together, recalling that no matter how self-centered and dangerous Namor may be, the Sub has certainly been an ally. major of the Marvel Universe superhero community in the past.
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