ByKerry Cepero, writer at
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So Namor is back home at Marvel, according to Marvel Comics honcho Joe Quesada, although it doesn't come as a surprise. On the Wiki page for Namor, it stated that: Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter stated in May 2014 Marvel Now has the rights for Namor. On June 3, 2014, Kit also confirmed that Marvel, not Universal had the Namor film rights.

Although there have been some complexities in regards to the rights, should they finally move forward with a film, Namor can be HUGE for the MCU. Yet before we talk about his future, let's talk about his past.

NAMOR creator Bill Everett
NAMOR creator Bill Everett

Namor, the Sub-Mariner was created by writer-artist Bill Everett for Funnies Inc. Namor made his debut in Marvel Comics #1 in October of 1939 when it was known as Timely Comics. Namor the Sub-Mariner was one of the most popular characters of his time during the Golden Age years, along with Captain America and the original Human Torch. He was so iconic that he had his own cartoon in the 1960s.

FACT: Namor was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

The Sub-Mariner was born Namor McKenzie in 1920, the son of Princess Fenn of Atlantis who traveled to the outside world on behalf of her kingdom. There she fell in love with Captain Mckenzie and had a child who bore his last name. Once born, Namor inherited his mother's title as Atlantean royalty and became known as The "Prince of the Sea" during his great run.

Namor is actually the first Mutant in the Marvel Universe, predating the concept of The X-Men. He was born with superhuman strength, agility, flight, and skin that is almost impenetrable, and through the years his exploits have labeled him Marvel's first Anti-hero, putting his native Atlantis first and foremost in his priorities. He has destroyed entire civilizations to protect Atlantis, but his actions have cost him dearly, as well as his kingdom in the Marvel U.

Namor served with The Invaders alongside Captain America and The Original Human Torch, but his willingness to be a part of a team didn't end there, as he is a former member of the Avengers, Fantastic Four, Defenders, the Cabal, the Illuminati, and the X-Men before ultimately meeting his end when Namor was finally killed by Squadron Supreme leader HYPERION.

So how can Namor impact the MCU?

Namor is a force of nature. Besides being the King of Atlantis, he is a master strategist not to be taken lightly. He can enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a villain, launching wave after wave of Atlantean sea might at the world in retaliation for the damage done to the oceans. He can go toe to toe with just about anyone and has an anger problem that rivals The Hulk himself. Once we get past Thanos, who else is left that can inspire fear as a baddie?

In a time when the current MCU could use a good villain for future movies, Namor fits the bill perfectly.


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