A new array of superheroes are soon making a debut into the MCU and in midst of them is Marvel’s oldest hero or anti-hero, as you’d know him, Namor, the submariner
For Marvel fans, looking forward to the start of the fourth phase, patience has reached new heights due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, Marvel Studios has been working all through the lockdown. The past 3 months gave them enough time to edit, re-edit and perhaps add a couple more Easter eggs.
Although all the movies slated for MCU Phase 4 moved their release dates back at least once, much of the sequence still remains the same. Black Widow leads the way with her solo movie, followed by the WandaVision series paving way for Doctor Strange’s Multiverse.
If you ask me, this would really be a bad time to suffer from superhero fatigue, because Marvel Studios is about to throw a plethora of them your way!
Enter Prince Namor, The Submariner
Namor is arguably the most hinted next big character set to debut in the MCU. Easter eggs in Iron Man 3 and Avengers: Endgame signalled – albeit subtly – the submariner’s imminent entry into the MCU. How, where and what role Namor will be introduced as is still not certain yet. But what we do know is that the Atlantean possesses a character trait that isn’t popular amongst the existing team.
Watch: Namor Easter egg in MCU
Ruler of the sunken city of Atlantis and protector of the oceans, Namor fought alongside the defenders, Avengers and was at one point a member of the Illuminati; a group created by Doctor Strange that also included Iron man, Black Bolt, Mr Fantastic and The Hulk.
Very importantly, Namor has particularly been known for being an anti-heroic character whose highest priority is always the protection of Atlantis. This inherently means that any plans against or not associated to Atlantis would land on his wrong side. And on his wrong side, Namor can really wreak havoc.
Being the first mutant, Namor possesses high intelligence and sophistication. Which enables him to defeat countless adversaries as well as certain members of both The Avengers and The Fantastic Four. In another story arc, we see Namor as a member of Jean Grey’s X-Men team.
The Submariner’s Entry Into The MCU
The fluidity and unpredictability of Namor’s action make him one of the most exciting characters ever. Many fans have complained about Marvel’s lack of involvement of Namor in the MCU. Yet again, it is possible that they intend to introduce Marvel’s oldest superhero in mind-blowing fashion.
Watch: Namor Debut in Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange
Namor could make his first appearance in Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness as a supporting character, just like Black Panther did in Captain America: Civil War before his solo movie. There have also been suggestions that he could be the antagonist in Black Panther’s sequel scheduled sometime in Phase 5.
While it is not unlikely that Marvel will introduce Namor as a villain as his character’s story arc has seen him at the centre of major conflicts. In the comics, affairs between Atlantis and Wakanda have never really been cordial while Namor has often gone to war against the humans. His historical depth and sheer potential make him an exciting prospect for the future of the MCU.
At this point, a solo outing for the Atlantean hasn’t been announced but there are still several options for Namor’s introduction in Phase 4. With several of Marvel’s new series set to tie into the Multiverse of Madness, it’s hard to see Namor not appearing in one of the numerous plots that will be opened.