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Within the course of the past few days, a few announcements were made. First came the news that Universal and Legendary Pictures had a new unnamed movie up their sleeve, slated to arrive some time in November 2016. To let speculation tell it, it was possibly Universal's bid to get in on the superhero movie craze, with a movie based on Namor the Sub-Mariner (one of the only Marvel superheroes they obtained the cinematic rights to).

In nearly the same breath, there came the news that Zac Efron was possibly in talks with Marvel Studios to play a significant character within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Naturally, more rumors arose. According to some, Efron would be playing the part of Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), Danny Rand (Iron Fist), Richard Rider (Nova) or Adam Warlock, and Universal's Namor project would be released in competition with Marvel Studios. Though, others went the simple route, believing that Efron would himself play Namor.

Um, how bout no.
Um, how bout no.

However, as it turns out, there's another factor to throw into the mix here, that many have neglected to include in this equation. What would that missing factor be, which fans need to keep in mind, when considering all this hype? They need to keep in mind that Godzilla (2014) just came out in theaters. And it's doing so well at the box office, that Legendary has just announced that they're going ahead with working on producing a sequel.

Now, one might think, at first glance, what in the world does a gigantic rampaging monster have to do with a reckless, narcissistic, water-loving mutant with an unhealthy fondness for being shirtless? Or for that matter, what does it have to do with Namor the Sub-Mariner?

The answer is quite simple, really. As it turns out, the Namor movie and the Godzilla movie have a common thread between them: Legendary Pictures' production company. Not to mention, while the first [Godzilla](movie:45291) was a collaborative effort between Legendary and Warner Bros., the newly-announced Godzilla sequel could potentially be a collaboration between Legendary and Universal (since Legendary has recently parted ways with Warner Bros).

In essence, the Legendary/Universal collaboration announced earlier this week, is likely not Namor the Sub-Mariner, but instead the announcement of the Godzilla reboot's very promising sequel.

Sad to see the two part ways...
Sad to see the two part ways...

In all, we can take several things away from this crosswiring of series.

The Man -
Zac Efron is reportedly in talks with Marvel Studios for a significant role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yet, Marvel Studios has no movie rights to Namor (currently, Universal has those rights). Therefore, whoever Efron is in talks to play, isn't Namor. This is good, especially for those who are fond of Zac Efron and/or believe in his acting talent, because, while he has potential to pull off many different MCU characters, Namor simply isn't one of them.

The Mutant -
If Universal was coming out with a Namor movie, they likely would have said something before now (or at least, gotten rights to related characters, ie the Fantastic Four or the X-Men). So, it probably isn't happening. Now, some folks are desperate just to see Namor on the big screen some time soon, in which case, this is a bad thing. On the other hand, some (including me) are hoping Universal will run out of time, so the movie rights will revert back to Marvel, in which case, no Namor movie from Universal is great news.

The Monster
- Godzilla is getting a sequel. And it's probably the secret movie that Legendary announced. For those of you who loved it, great news, Gojira will be back for some more reptilian butt-kicking action as soon as 2016. For those of you who hated it, still good news, you have some time to cool down before maybe giving the big lug another chance--or for the cynical, you have more time off before having to see or hear of this radioactive reptilian monstrosity again. Really, either way, good news for now.

Stomping to a theater near you, Nov 2016 (maybe)!
Stomping to a theater near you, Nov 2016 (maybe)!

So, what do you think, folks? Has this tangled three-fold cinematic mystery been unraveled? Are there details missing, unnecessary parts added, facts backwards or confused? Any and all questions, concerns and suggestions are welcome! Just let us know in the comments below!


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