By mid-November 2022, Tenoch Huerta will most likely be a household name following the long-awaited release of BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER, the upcoming Marvel movie that will see the Mexican actor take on the role of Namor the Sub-Mariner. But before we all run to our local AMC Theatre locations and purchase advance tickets to the highly-anticipated sequel to the box office giant that was BLACK PANTHER, we should probably brush up on our history of the actor who will soon join the ranks of other iconic villains from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which ends on October 15th, we have put together a brief yet comprehensive rundown of Huerta’s career so far and all the wild and fantastical places his acting abilities have taken the actor since he made his professional debut more than a decade-and-a-half ago. Here are some things to know about his career before Huerta rises from the sea in BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER.
Getting Started In Acting
Though a large portion of the moviegoing population will be introduced to Tenoch Huerta when BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER opens on the big screen in November, the Mexican actor has been incredibly busy in the acting world since making his professional debut in a small role in Teresa Suarez’s 2006 drama ASÍ DEL PRECIPICIO, which featured ARMY OF THE DEAD star Ana de la Reguera at the top of the cast.
In the years following his first foray into acting, Huerta would appear in movies like DÉFICIT, SLEEP DEALER, and SIN NOMBRE, to name only a few. Appearing almost exclusively in Mexican cinema, Huerta would go on to gain a tremendous amount of experience by appearing in several dozen movies, and TV shows including “Capadocia,” “Cloroformo,” and “Hasta Que Te Conocí.” One of his most prominent roles, that of famed luchador-turned-actor Blue Demon, real name Alejandro Muñoz, in the biographical drama series “Blue Demon.” For those unaware, Blue Demon appeared in countless movies alongside the iconic El Santo throughout the 1960s and 1970s in addition to having a successful in-ring career that lasted more than 40 years.
But this was just the beginning for the rising star…
Finding Success Outside Mexico
As time went by, Tenoch Huerta would find success on the global stage in productions ranging from the 2014 biopic ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST starring Benecio Del Toro to 2013 drama STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS. Then in 2015, Huerta appeared in one of his biggest movies to date, THE 33, Patricia Riggen’s emotional biographical disaster film about the 2010 Copiapó mining disaster and the 33 miners who were trapped inside a Chilean mine for 69 days before being rescued. Huerta would also land a brief role in the James Bond film SPECTRE later that same year.
In the following years, Huerta would go on to land even more notable roles like that of Juan, a man trying to cross the border with his wife, played by ASÍ DEL PREPCIPICIO co-star Ana de la Reguera, in the 2021 action horror thriller THE FOREVER PURGE. Huerta would also lead another horror film later that year in the Amazon Studios production MADRES.
Huerta’s TV work also continued during this period, first with a minor role on “Mozart in the Jungle” and later “Narcos: Mexico,” which saw him take on the role of drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero during the show’s first two seasons.
Becoming Namor The Sub-Mariner
Following in the footsteps of Michael B. Jordan’s Erik “Killmonger” Stevens in the 2018 Marvel movie BLACK PANTHER will be no easy task, but Tenoch Huerta seems to be more than up to it. When the highly anticipated BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER opens in AMC Theatres on November 11, audiences around the world will get to see the Mexican actor’s take on the iconic comic book character Namor the Sub-Mariner. Huerta’s involvement in BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con 2022 during the final moments of Marvel Studios’ epic Hall H presentation.
Despite being first introduced in “Marvel Comics #1” in 1939, Namor will be making his live-action debut in Ryan Coogler’s upcoming MCU sequel, where he will be waging war against Wakanda after its former leader, King T’Challa, revealed the reclusive African nation at the end of the 2018 blockbuster. The comic book version of the character has been both a villain and hero throughout his 83-year history. Touching on this history, Coogler described Namor as being “a dream antagonist” for the movie in a September 2022 Empire interview, citing the contrast between the two secretive nations and their leaders. In the same Empire piece, it was revealed that, just like his comic book counterpart, the movie version of Namor will be a mutant.
What the future holds for Namor and Huerta in the MCU is anyone’s guess, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising if both are here for a while as we conclude Phase 4 and prepare for the next chapter to unfold.
You will be able to see Tenoch Huerta bring Namor the Sub-Mariner when BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER opens in AMC Theatres nationwide starting November 11th.
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