Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever released in theaters and became a juggernaut in the road most Marvel movies doing so, there was a lot of anticipation to see how the movie would handle Name the Sub-Mariner. Now that the movie has come out, the character is getting a new wave of attention thanks to his portrayal Narcos: Mexico Tenoch Huerta Mejía and his reworked lineage as the ruler of the underwater kingdom from Talokan.
With how Marvel Studios is preparing basically everyone to hop on for a solo adventure after you get one guest star in someone else’s story, you’d be right to think we’re getting a Namor spin-off in the near future. But longtime Marvel Studios executive producer Nate Moore narrated The cover that Disney may still give the character its own stand-alone feature because Universal Pictures will continue to own the film rights to the Sub-Mariner. (By that same logic, you can assume that a Disney+ series is off the table.) In the 1990s, when Marvel Comics was facing bankruptcy, it sold character rights to other studios, such as Fox or Sony. Universal has Namor and the Hulkand while they’ve spent the last few decades trying to get an underwater anti-hero movie off the ground, none of those efforts came to fruition before the Black Panther continuation.
As it stands, Marvel’s deal with Universal even has ramifications Wakandas Promos: Moore continued that Namor couldn’t even be alone with marketing materials unless it was for a poster. You know how some Marvel movies have commercials Who stir up the danger of his villain? This was why Wakanda forever did one for the Talokanil in general and not specifically for their leader. “There weren’t really things we couldn’t do from a character perspective for him,” he explained. “But we also made some big changes to really anchor him in that world in a truth that publishing never really landed on, I’d say, in a big way.”
It’s currently unclear how long Marvel Studios’ deal with Universal will last, or if the studio is actively trying to make a play to get Hulk and Namor back. Likewise, it’s unknown if it’s possible for Marvel to use a character adjacent to Namor as a protagonist and have Namor appear, as we saw with She Hulk. Unlike with the Netflix characters, it may not be possible for the studio to simply run the clock until the rights return to them. “Namor will return,” Moore promised, but in what capacity will be unclear until Marvel says so directly, or it’s leaked in merchandising material.
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