Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actor Tenoch Huerta is at last speaking out to set the record straight about a certain rumor you may have heard about him.
You know, the one saying he's so endowed the Wakanda Forever team edited out his bulge for the film's final cut, so to speak?
In case you missed it, side-by-side photos of Huerta in character as the film's villain Namor—one from the film's trailer in which Namor's skivvies hold an ample bulge, the other from the actual film in which Namor sports a more modest look—went viral around the film's release.
This led to widespread speculation the actor's assets had been digitally downgraded.
\u201cGIVE NAMOR HIS PENIS BACK\u201d— soup \u2606 \u263b !! loves libras (real) (@soup \u2606 \u263b !! loves libras (real)) 1668481376
In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Huerta addressed the rumors.
It turns out the viral photos are the opposite of what they seem. It's actually the bulgy photo of Huerta that seems to have been heavily Photoshopped, not the other way around.
Rolling Stone asked Huerta about the controversy and whether or not he was "okay with" Wakanda Forever's team editing down his package.
To surely everyone's surprise, Huerta responded:
"The only thing that I can say is: the original was the photo in the right. Without [the bulge]! That’s original."
Of course, most men would just let a rumor like this ride, but it seems Huerta is too honest—and perhaps too confident—for such chicanery.
He went on to say:
"No, I mean, I’m not going to lie to people. Every man in the world, we have fragile masculinity, but not in that issue. I will say, the right one, the real one is the photo on the right.
That means Marvel must have packaged Huerta differently for the trailer.
On Twitter, Huerta's confirmation of which photo is accurate did little to lessen the internet's love for him.
\u201cme waiting for namor to whisk me away to talokan #Wakandaforever\u201d— zara \ud83e\udd0e (@zara \ud83e\udd0e) 1668137399
\u201ctenoch huerta... the man that you are.\u201d— comfort tenoch \ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddf7 (@comfort tenoch \ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddf7) 1669049709
\u201c@tenochupdates @TenochHuerta \ud83d\ude2e\u200d\ud83d\udca8\u201d— Tenoch Huerta Updates (@Tenoch Huerta Updates) 1669434178
\u201cWould\u2019ve been me after #Namor said let\u2019s burn it together\u201d— Ashley K. (@Ashley K.) 1668314570
\u201c@tenochupdates @TenochHuerta\u201d— Tenoch Huerta Updates (@Tenoch Huerta Updates) 1669515068
\u201ca petition for tenoch huerta to do a flying kiss on every interview or talk show cus he cute\u201d— namor apologist (@namor apologist) 1669558425
\u201ctenoch huerta being like "oops i did not realize people would think it was romantic" bc he does not realize he is so sexy omg\u201d— klaudia amen\u00e1bar (@klaudia amen\u00e1bar) 1669225393
\u201cBlessing your feed with more Tenoch Huerta\u201d— Tenoch Huerta Updates (@Tenoch Huerta Updates) 1669240979
\u201cThis is a Namor And Tenoch Huerta stan account\ud83c\udf0a\ud83c\uddf2\ud83c\uddfd\u2665\ufe0f\u201d— Enzo\ud83c\udf19\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddf7 (@Enzo\ud83c\udf19\ud83c\udde6\ud83c\uddf7) 1669124940
Regardless of what the truth about Huerta's anatomy may be, Wakanda Forever's box office continues to bulge, having grossed more than $676 million so far.