It's finally happening! Well...possibly. Despite how vast and intricate the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, there's been one character fans have been clamoring to see in the world for years: #Namor the Sub-Mariner. The antihero has had a rocky road when it comes to a live-action adaptation, with several projects based around him falling apart. Yesterday though, a rumor came out about a Namor-based project filming in Hawaii.
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As of yesterday, I thought it was for an appearance in the upcoming #Inhumans TV show, since a solo project for the infamous Namor seemed unlikely. Now however, a new bit of info has unearthed that indicates he might have a project all his own. Hold on to your tridents and ankle wings, Namor fans... are you ready? Production Weekly - a website that lists upcoming productions - has listed "Sub-Mariner" as a project going into production.
You might be thinking, "Why should I care about what a website lists as going into production?" Before you write it off, Production Weekly was the website that made us aware that the new X-Men movie would be titled #Supernova, which has been pretty much confirmed by now. So their information is accurate. The only thing we're left wondering is: Is the project a TV series or a movie?
Is Namor John Ridley's Secret Marvel Project?
"The deal involves reinventing an existing Marvel superhero character or property for ABC."
Up until this point (in true secretive Marvel fashion) we've been kept in the dark about what that project is. But now that we know Namor is going into production, that could be Ridley's secret TV series.
If we take a second to think about it, it totally makes sense. With the Sub-Mariner, Marvel might be trying to do what #DC's been trying to accomplish with Aquaman: Shake off the silly image of a unique character and give audiences a new badass superhero to follow. That's further evidenced by what John Ridley told IGN regarding the uniqueness of what Marvel and him are working on:
"For myself and certainly for the folks at Marvel, there's been an explosion of storytelling in costumed heroes and comic book things. For us, we want to make sure we're doing something that sits in a very unique space. That's very important for me, and that's absolutely important for the people I'm working with there. I'm fortunate in the sense that I don't feel that I have to do things for the sake of doing things, and I'm very fortunate to be working with partners who have a level of patience in terms of that storytelling. I will say that we're continuing to work on it. I'm very, very excited about it."
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I've written before about how Namor is, well, an unrepentant dick who would bring a completely new dynamic to the MCU. And regarding a timeline, Ridley's TV series has been in development for more than two years now, so it makes perfect sense that a project with the scope needed for someone like Namor could be ready to start shooting. While that's pure speculation, we can almost be certain that a Namor project is coming our way soon. I have to say, it's impressive that in today's spoiler-hungry times, this has managed to fly under the radar. Good job, #Marvel.