Is Namor Heading to the MCU?

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 - 8:29PM
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 - 8:29PM
With all of the movies based on Marvel Comics that have come out in the past decade and a half, there aren't many characters who haven't had their moment to shine. From the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Silver Surfer at Fox, to Punisher at Lionsgate, Blade at New Line Cinemas, Ghost Rider and Spider-Man at Sony, and practically everyone else you could think of at Marvel Studios as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But not every character has shown up in a movie, and perhaps the most iconic Marvel character who has yet to appear on film is one of the first Marvel heroes: Namor the Sub-Mariner. But that could change - if Captain America: Civil War writer Steve McFeely gets his way.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, McFeely was asked which Marvel character he would most like to bring to the big screen, and he didn't hesitate before giving his answer.

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"Namor. He is kind of a jerk and has a chip on his shoulder and he is a king and lives underwater. The degree of difficulty is so high, though. Cause it could be a great movie or it could be truly terrible."
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Awesome. I've been clamoring for a Namor movie for some time because he's such an interesting character. He might just be Marvel's greatest antihero, since he wants to destroy humanity about as often as he wants to save it. And given pop culture's recent love of antiheroes like Walter White and Don Draper, a Namor movie could be hitting just at the right time.

Now if you're reading this wondering who Namor is, he is the super-strong and super-surly King of Atlantis who has spent time fighting villains, attacking New York, and romancing the Invisible Woman as a member of the Avengers, X-Men, and the Illuminati. And before you go thinking that he's a cheap Marvel knockoff of DC's Aquaman, think again - Namor came first, making his first appearance in 1939; two years before that other King of Atlantis.

But before we get too excited, there is some confusion as to who has the film rights to Namor. It's been long-rumored that Universal owned them, preventing Marvel Studios from using the character. However, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said in 2014 that Marvel does own the rights, but added that it was "complicated" and that issues would have to be worked out regarding other studios' contracts.

Maybe those contracts have expired by now, and maybe they haven't. But the good news here is that Namor is at least on Marvel's radar. Imperius Rex!

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