Michael Waldron, the writer of Marvel Studios' Loki and Doctor Strange 2, has hinted that Namor the Sub-Mariner may be introduced to the MCU.
Michael Waldron, author of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, teases that Namor the Sub-Mariner will be introduced to the MCU. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi, was released in theatres last weekend to largely excellent reviews from critics and audiences. The majority of critics commended it for its horror and gothic aspects, which was a first for the MCU franchise. As the titular sorcerer, Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role.
Namor the Sub-Mariner was one of the earliest characters ever developed by Marvel Comics. He was created by Timely Comics (Marvel's precursor) in 1939 as a mutant offspring of a human sea captain and the princess of Atlantis, similar to DC's better popular superhero, Aquaman. Namor's powers are also comparable to those of DC's superhero; he has superhuman strength, super-speed underwater, and the ability to manipulate water. Namor has been a significant part of the Illuminati in Marvel lore, a group recently portrayed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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In an interview with Variety, Waldron notes that because Namor is a member of the Illuminati in the comics, he was mentioned during pre-production for Doctor Strange 2. The aquatic antihero, though, was eventually passed on for one major reason. As Waldron puts it:
For years, Marvel fans all over the world have wished to witness a live-action Namor. Fans have interpreted a phrase from Avengers: Endgame in which Wakandan fighter Okoye (played by Danai Gurira) cites a "minor subduction under the African plate," a "earthquake under the ocean," as a set-up or reference to such hero. Since then, speculations have circulated that Namor will play a big role in this year's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and that Tenoch Huerta will play him. Marvel has yet to confirm anything, but the speculation continues to build.
Feige recently revealed at CinemaCon that the MCU's ambitions now extend well into 2032. Given how many projects they've already stated are in the works (a total of 26 as of now, starting with Ms. Marvel in June), it's highly feasible that Namor the Sub-Mariner will be added to the multi-billion dollar franchise between now and then. That certainly appears to be the case based on Waldron's statements. Fans are on the edge of their seats, hoping to see one of Marvel's first superheroes brought to life, whether through the multiverse or Black Panther 2.