While it seems all the major Marvel characters have had or will have major motion pictures coming out, either from Marvel Studios, Sony, or Twentieth Century Fox, there has been one fairly major Marvel superhero who has been mysteriously absent from the big screen – Namor, the Submariner. That might be changing pretty soon…according to El Mayimbe, Latino-Review’s master scooper, he believes that the Prince of Atlantis is coming to a theater near you in a mere two and half years. This week the news came out that Universal Pictures has staked out Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, for an unknown tentpole movie that is being co-financed with their new partner, Legendary Pictures. El Mayimbe seems to be hearing that the movie in question could indeed be one featuring the pointy-eared ruler of the oceans.
I know some fans were under the impression that only Spider-Man, The X-Men and the Fantastic Four were the Marvel properties still held at other studios, but Universal has held the rights to the Namor property for several years now. With the rights no doubt set to expire soon, it might be time for Universal to finally pull the trigger; after all, why wait for Marvel Studios to pick it up and run with it (which they most certainly would)? A Namor movie would be a massive undertaking, because there is simply no way to make a movie like that without shooting a ton of it on or under water. Special effects technology has improved a lot since the days of Waterworld, but no one wants that fiasco again. Director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3) was attached to direct several years ago, but no word on if he’s still attached.
If this story is indeed true, will Universal and Legendary be willing to play ball with Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios, and incorporate Namor into the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, or will they keep things totally separate like Fox and Sony have with their Marvel properties?
El Mayimbe posted another kicker, one that can’t be making the folks at Warner Brothers too happy if this rumor is true: Aquaman is scheduled to be a big part of the Justice League movie, which isn’t set to hit till 2017. Will Namor beat Arthur as the first Atlantean monarch to make it to the big screen? Could be. (In fairness, Namor predates Aquaman as a comic book character, too.)
We should reiterate that this is all just total rumor and conjecture at this point — nothing has been confirmed to us by either Universal or Legendary Pictures.
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