Marvel’s aquatic king of the sea won’t be getting his own film any time soon.
Marvel wants to work out how to use Namor the Sub-Mariner in the MCU, but Universal’s cinematic rights to the character continue to make that a difficulty.
With the impending Disney/Fox deal and the historical contractual complications around Namor, IGN talked to Kevin Feige about how the takeover could affect the cinematic future of Marvel’s king of the sea.
IGN: With the Disney/Fox deal, if that pans out, with the Sony rights sharing deal with Spidey, the one big loose end, then, is Namor and Universal. Can you tell us what the status of that is? Is there any chance for him to just pop up in an MCU film? It just sounds like an incredibly complicated situation, for one character.
Kevin Feige: It is. I think there’s a way to probably figure it out but it does have — it’s not as a clean or clear as the majority of the other characters.
The last time we talked to Feige about Namor, there were rumours circulating that Universal and Legendary Pictures were developing a Sub-Mariner movie, but it was unclear who held the rights. Feige confirmed at that time that Legendary would be unable to make a Sub-Mariner movie, and that if there were a solo film, it would be Marvel who would make it, but that it was “slightly more complicated than that.”
As it stands, Universal holds the distribution rights to the character, which poses the same problems for a standalone movie for the character as it has for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Last year, Ruffalo confirmed that we’d never see him as the Hulk in his own film because Universal doesn’t “know how to play well with Marvel.”
Instead, his character’s three-movie arc began playing out in Thor: Ragnorak, will continue in Infinity War, and will wrap up in the fourth Avengers film.
Whether we’ll ever see Namor pop up in the MCU is anyone’s guess, but it sounds like the character will come with a lot of baggage.
Jim Vejvoda contributed to this report.