The cast of Black Panther 2 reportedly has found its villain with Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta joining the ensemble. Marvel Studios has been developing Black Panther 2 ever since the first film became a worldwide phenomenon in 2018. The sequel will once again see Ryan Coogler write and direct, although tragedy did strike with the death of Chadwick Boseman earlier this year. Marvel Studios has yet to address what this means for Black Panther 2, deciding instead to continue mourning the loss of a global icon.
Details have started to come to light recently, though, with filming on Black Panther 2 scheduled to begin in July 2021. One of the biggest questions throughout the development of the sequel has been who the villain will be. Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger from Black Panther is regarded as one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's best foes, so there is a high bar for the sequel to try and match. Fans have long speculated that major Marvel characters like Doctor Doom or Namor could take such a role. Although the identity of Black Panther 2's villain has yet to be revealed, we now know who will play him.
According to THR, Tenoch Huerta is in talks with Marvel Studios to play a villain in Black Panther 2. Huerta is best known for his role as Rafael Caro Quintero on Narcos: Mexico and will star in The Forever Purge in 2021. He is the first new actor linked to being in Black Panther 2's cast, which is currently set to include the returns of Letitia Wright (Shuri), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Winston Duke (M'Baku), Danai Gurira (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross).
Without any teases of who Huerta is playing, his addition will leave room for fans to speculate about what Marvel villain he could play. The 39-year-old Mexican actor would potentially be a fit for Hector Ayala aka White Tiger, but he is not a villain in the comics. Instead, Huerta could theoretically work as either Doom or Namor, if one of them is the villain of Black Panther 2 after all. Neither of those characters is Latino in the comics, but the MCU could make it work. It's also worth noting that Coogler wanted Kraven the Hunter to be in Black Panther at one point, and since it doesn't appear he'll be Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 as expected, perhaps Huerta will play Kraven in this sequel.
No matter what villain Huerta plays in Black Panther 2, the conflict he takes part in will inevitably be different from what Coogler originally had planned. The good news is that Coogler did an excellent job bringing Killmonger's perspective to the forefront of Black Panther, so Huerta's character will hopefully receive a role with an equal amount of depth. Those who have seen his work in Narcos: Mexico know he is capable of delivering a great performance, but Marvel's decision to cast him as Black Panther 2's villain speaks volumes for those who still need to discover Huerta's work.