Namor the Sub-Mariner has been an elusive character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His rights are not exactly clear, as an Avenger and a mutant, but at the same time, various people from Marvel have expressed their desire to see him come on board the sprawling superhero world.
On top of that, we've had quite a few tantalizing teases for his existence, mainly in Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Solider.
Now, Marvel has released one of the strongest teases at the character yet. The Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission: Breakout! ride just opened at Disneyland. In typical Marvel fashion, its structure is very detailed and features several references and Easter Eggs to the larger #MCU. Among the Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange and #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy surprises, IGN took a picture of two in particular that tease Namor the Sub-Mariner and Beta Ray Bill. Take a look at them:
Namor has been relegated to more obscure references scattered throughout the MCU films, but this artifact features the same aesthetic as Atlantis' architecture from the comics. The object's description offers some concrete evidence on that:
"Found at the bottom of the Terran ocean. Very little is known of the civilization that created them."
A secretive underwater civilization in the Marvel Universe? Yes, that's definitely Atlantis. Now, before you jump up and down in excitement, thinking #Namor is finally part of the MCU and is somewhere out there, hating on a random surface-dweller, we have to ask the question...
Do This Artifact Actually Confirm Namor For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Unfortunately –– while we know he's probably out there –– that reference alone is not in any way a confirmation of Namor's existence. Recently, James Gunn tweeted out that Mission: Breakout! was the start of a new universe, completely separate from the MCU.
Understandably, that's quite confusing. The attraction is filled to the brim with objects from various MCU films, after all, including a Nova Corps uniform and Stephen Stange's Eye of Agamotto.
Fortunately, there's an easy explanation behind that: these items are references to established Marvel lore, but any new artifact or piece included in the ride's exhibition is not MCU cannon. So, does that mean that the Atlantis reference was nothing but a fun addition to the exhibition? Not exactly.
The other photograph features Beta Ray Bill's trusty Stormbreaker. Its description reveals it's an Asgardian weapon made of Uru, the same indestructible metal that Thor's Mjölnr and Stormbreaker are made out of. Keep in mind, this isn't the first heavy hint at Beta Ray Bill's existence we've gotten. In #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, one of the Collector's prized possessions was a Korbinite, a member of Bill's species. Given their particular characteristics, it's easy to deduce the hero exists but hasn't been introduced — much like Namor himself.
Rather than teasing bigger things to come, these artifacts simply continue the subtle teasing game Marvel's been playing with us since 2010's Iron Man 2. It's a very specific reference, and if we've learned anything from #Marvel, it's that they never do anything at random. Therefore this was most likely another important seed planted for the eventual introduction of Namor (and Beta Ray Bill) in the near future.
Do you think this Atlantean artifact is further proof that Namor will show up in the MCU? Or was it just a fun Easter Egg for fans? Let me know in the comments!