With the emergence and explosion in popularity of the films contained in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – the world-sharing set of films featuring only the comic characters of which Marvel managed to retain the on-screen rights – the comic-book company has been working hard to expose audiences to any and all characters they think would be enjoyable in a big-screen experience. The well-known names have all been front and center in their own films, of course, but even “deeper cuts” like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man have found success on the silver screen, and Marvel is looking to continue that trend with upcoming films based around names like Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and more.
During a recent interview on Kevin Smith’s excellent ‘Fat Man on Batman’ podcast, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada spoke a bit about the MCU and some of the characters that have yet to make it to film. Smith asked about Namor, aka The Sub-Mariner: prince of the seas and essentially Marvel’s equal to DC’s Aquaman (Namor actually existed first, appearing in comic form two years before Aquaman, waaay back in 1939). Previously, Namor’s film rights had been sold to Universal Studios, but they never made a film featuring the character; most of Marvel’s other film-rights contracts state that a company has to make a character film every so often (for example, the Fantastic Four deal with Fox states a new film must be made at least every seven years) or else the character rights revert back to Marvel.
Here’s how the exchange went on the podcast:
Smith: How come you guys aren’t diving into the water. Do the same people who have Iron Man [Marvel] have Sub Mariner?”
Quesada: “Yes, as far as I know yes we do. Yeah, it’s not at Fox, it’s not at Sony.”
Not exactly a ringing endorsement of a definitive answer, but it does give hope that we may yet see Namor in a future MCU film. While long attached to the worlds of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, Namor is a long shot to appear in the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ two-part film melee, as the vast majority of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will almost assuredly be needed to stop the onslaught of Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet. As with most things, however, it’s impossible to say for sure at this moment – only time will tell!
Tony Schaab yearns to see the deleted scene from the ‘Thundercats’ cartoon in which Snarf is forced to do his monthly cleaning of the giant litterbox behind the Cat’s Lair. A lover of most things sci-fi and horror, Tony is an author by day and a DJ by night. Come hang out with Tony on Facebook and Twitter to hear him spew semi-funny nonsense and get your opportunity to finally put him in his place.