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Looks like Marvel is delving deep into their character catalogue and possibly bringing the Sub-Mariner to the surface in their Phase 3 plans. In the latest issue of [Empire]( (via, there apparently is some speculation about how Marvel's Phase 3 is going to play out.

I'm not one to say something is definitely happening until I hear it from more that one reliable source. That said, I'm also not going to completely discount what might seem like idle fangirl/fanboy fantasies either; that's how we got our heroes in the first place! The takeaway from this: Read on with a grain of salt.

Among echoes of earlier tidbits, like tentpole franchises being continued after Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange confirmed, and Hulk stand-alones, there was this refreshing little bit of buried treasure:

...Planned intros include Spock-esque fishy-bloke Namor The Sub-Mariner...

Namor MacKenzie? I mean, I'd heard a lot about his DC cousin, Aquaman, getting a possible film treatment, but Sub-Mariner? The Atlantean prince of Homo mermanus wasn't much on my radar these days, let alone for something during the imminent Phase 3. Color me just a little bit surprised, and also, very intrigued.

Sealord (as it were) has played both sides of the game and could be described, at best, as morally ambiguous. Like that time he tried to take over the surface with Doctor Doom and Magneto. Good ol' Namor could add a touch of darkness and some depth to what can, over the long-term, easily become kind of one-note. In that sense, he's a bit like Hulk in my book, and that could count for a lot when it comes to Phase 3.

I could see Sub-Mariner most likely fitting in with the Avengers in some kind of team-up, possibly in the post-credits scene of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron or as something more substantial in The Avengers: Infinity War. This would make sense as he has worked with them in the comics, and has connections to Iron Man (through the Illuminati) and Hulk (through the Defenders), and even Doctor Strange through both groups.

Are you excited at the idea of seeing Namor show up as part of Marvels Phase 3 plans? Let me know what you think below.


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