Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be the place where Namor the Sub-Mariner finally makes his MCU debut. Marvel’s aquatic anti-hero will appear in Black Panther 2. However, Marvel may have other plans in store for the character.
Namor is one of Marvel’s two ancient heroes. The character was created in 1939 when Marvel was known as “Timely Comics”. As a villain, superhero, and anti-hero, the character has had quite an illustrious career trajectory. The Sub-Mariner has become a member of the Avengers, the Defenders, and the X-Men over the years. Regarding Marvel Comics characters, Namor is probably the most important one who hasn’t been brought to life on film to date. Besides, the hero has an enthusiastic following who wants him to be a part of the MCU.
Universal Studios, which purchased Namor’s rights from Marvel in the 1990s, has been the biggest obstacle to Namor, making it to the big screen for the longest time. As a result, a Marvel film starring Namor was considered an impossibility for many years. It’s been reported that Marvel has regained ownership of Namor’s rights. This suggests that the company may now be able to use the character.
One issue is that Marvel may face the same licensing rights issues with Namor that have prevented the studio from making a standalone Hulk film. Namor may only be able to show up in a different character’s film. If this is the case, some speculate that this will be the sequel to Black Panther. However, he could make his first appearance in the MCU in Doctor Strange 2.
Black Panther 2 is expected to feature Namor as the main villain. The most popular plot theory for Black Panther 2 is that it will pit Black Panther and Wakanda against Namor and the kingdom of Atlantis. A scene in Avengers: Endgame, in which Black Widow asks Okoye about underwater earthquakes, lends credence to the rumors about Namor.
In Okoye’s perception, Wakanda has decided not to intervene in the earthquakes. This has been taken as a reference to Atlantis by some fans. Wakanda may already have a strained relationship with Atlantis and may be looking to distance itself from them.
Namor has been downplayed in Avengers: Endgame. Nonetheless, many believe Marvel is teasing him by joining the MCU and appearing in Black Panther 2 in a major role. Besides, he has previously been depicted as a villain in the comics.
Unlike other Marvel superheroes like Captain America, Thor, and Spider-Man, Black Panther does not have a rogue’s gallery of his own. This is a good choice for Black Panther 2 because Namor is a well-known character and has had a contentious relationship with the Black Panther in the comics. Both sides have engaged in conflict in the past. T’Challa would face a formidable opponent in Namor, given that he physically outclasses him.
Regarding potential roles for Namor in future Marvel films, Black Panther 2 stands out as the frontrunner. To be clear, this isn’t the only option open to Marvel Studios. If he appears in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness instead of waiting until 2022, fans won’t have to wait that long to see him in action.
When Scott Derrickson, the original director of Doctor Strange 2, tweeted an image of Namor, he quickly deleted it. Rumors that the character would meet the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange 2 were inevitable.
One of Kevin Feige’s first announcements as head of Marvel Studios was that a new character would be introduced in Doctor Strange 2. No one will be able to guess who the character is, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. Brother Voodoo, Clea, and America Chavez should all be ruled out based on this description.
It’s unlikely that Marvel has always wanted to work with America Chavez. Furthermore, the inclusion of Brother Voodoo and Clea, who are both minor characters in Doctor Strange comics, wouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Feige was not referring to any of these characters in his statement. Doctor Strange 2’s enigmatic character, Namor, is a perfect fit.
What kind of role would someone like Namor play in a magical world? That doesn’t mean He wouldn’t be a good fit for the team. He may not be a member of Marvel Comics’ supernatural wing. However, he’s had more than his fair share of encounters with interdimensional and magical threats.
Strange has been a part of a few of his adventures. The Sorcerer Supreme has long been one of Namor’s closest allies in the comics. This is all thanks to his admiration for Strange’s resourcefulness, integrity, and intellect. The Defenders were founded with Strange and Namor as co-founders. Including his in the MCU could help Marvel build a proper version of the Defenders in the MCU.
Regarding his role, Namor could appear in a cameo to set the stage for future appearances. A quick trip to Atlantis could be made by either Strange or Scarlet Witch. And this would solely happen because of the title of the film.
Namor could also be a part of Marvel’s bigger plans for the character. As a villain in Black Panther 2, the character is likely to be used as an ally in Dr. Strange 2. Atlantis contains magical elements that could cause him to become entangled in Strange’s problems. This, of course, is whether it’s Nightmare or another villainous figure. The Serpent Crown is one of Marvel Comics’ most important artifacts and a link to the history of Atlantis. It is also one of his most important connections to the mystical side of the Marvel Universe.
When worn, the Serpent Crown can be used to gain control over other people. However, it is also a link to Set. This is so because the evil god can escape his dimension and reach Earth through it. Set has been thwarted numerous times by Strange and Namor, both of whom have had to use the Serpent Crown. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness could use a team in a situation like this.