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Are Universal and Legendary Plotting a Namor Movie?


Latino Review is floating a theory that’s sure to intrigue fans of a certain aquatic superhero, to say nothing of those who try to track the serpentine path of Marvel’s film rights.

Following Universal Pictures’ announcement on Wednesday of an “Untitled 2016 Event Project” from its new partner Legendary Pictures, the website suggests tentpole could be a Sub-Mariner movie, as the studio still holds the rights.

It’s certainly an interesting proposition, even if there’s not much evidence to support it. Latino Review notes that the untitled film, pegged for release on Nov. 4, 2016, is vaguely characterized as “new and not a sequel or remake, though it may be based on underlying intellectual property.”

That could describe Namor, of course, but it could also be used to describe any number of other properties. The site also points to its own earlier rumor about Zac Efron being targeted for a Marvel movie, and the possibility of Universal/Legendary beating Warner Bros. to putting an undersea hero on the big screen. However, none of that is particularly convincing.


  • J.p. Ducey

    I dont trust anyone but Marvel to do NAMOR correctly

  • Rheged

    Bring on the speedo! Imperius Rex!

  • Derek Metaltron

    I like to think, especially given that they wouldn’t be able to use any of Namor’s ties to the FF, Invaders or X-Men, that they do a period piece. Set it in the late 30’s ala the comics and have Namor appearing to New York in his anti-heroic stance, Maybe becoming more heroic so he has to battle Atuma or something by the film’s end. It really depends what Universal would be allowed to utilise.

  • Jasper

    I’m curious as how long have they owned the rights to the character. It’s weird that they are suddenly deciding now is the time to do this if the rumors are true and isn’t Namor considered the first mutant in the Marvel universe? That’s one element they can take out of the film about the character.

  • yeahbebe

    I just wanna say that Michael Turner drew the hell out of Namor. KICK-ASS THUMBNAIL FTW!!!

  • Brian from Canada

    Universal wouldn’t have the rights to Namor any more — it was a license, and the only license still active because it’s being produced is Spider-Man at Sony. (Fantastic Four – including Silver Surfer and Galactus – and The X-Men are both wholly owned by Fox.) So the odds it is Namor are EXTREMELY small.

  • mcdropkick

    Feige confirmed recently Universal owns it. I might be wrong on this, but I believe they bought the rights years and years ago, in the 70’s or something like that. But it was apparently the rights to EVERYTHING Namor — I’ve never seem him pop up in anything else besides comics, like video games. When the facebook game Avengers Alliance even adapted the AvX storyline, they had to replace Namor with someone else.

  • Guest

    Make a deal with Marvel, and set in the MCU 30’s with some threads connecting to Captain America: The First Avenger.

  • Derek Metaltron

    I’ve often wished ever seen reading Marvels they could do a film with the original Human Torch, a real period piece with a heartfelt tale of a Android’s desire to be accepted by humanity. Coupled with Namor and they could recreate the first super powered rivalry turned friendship on the big screen.

  • PietroMaximoff

    why did they ever buy Namor??
    I mean, years ago before super heroes were big summer blockbusters, why would they think they could make a profit from this specific character??
    and without using his ties to FF, Defenders, Avengers or whatever…

  • unpaidpundit

    Namor is a D list character who has never had his own comic, at least for very long. There are not a lot of compelling Namor stories on which to base a movie. Namor’s arch nemesis is — Attuma? Namor could work as a member of a team. I would love to see Marvel get the rights to Namor back, and then embark on an “Invaders” franchise. The first film could be set during WW II, and then you could bring most of the characters into the present for the second movie. Captain America, Winter Soldier, original Human Torch, Toro, Namor and Spitfire were all Invaders, and are still alive.

  • Ren

    A Namor movie outside of the Marvel Avengers film universe, I’m not interested in seeing

  • Ren

    A Captain America with Namor and Jim Hamond the original Human Torch Invaders film, that I would be interesed in, with modern day connections with the Avengers film universe

  • Hypestyles

    Disney needs to get aggressive and purchase the Sub-Mariner rights. Give Universal foreign distribution options on a future film or something.

  • Rheged

    Clearly, you don’t know much about Namor. He was an A-List character for decades, with his own book, that out lasted both Torch and Cap in the Golden Age, which is probably why Stan Lee brought him first and whole into the Silver Age. He’s Marvel’s first anti-hero & the concept of a shared comic universe is due to Namor and Torch and their iconic elemental battle. He’s had three long runs after the Golden Age making him a solid B-List Silver Age character, and he’s certainly carried a book far longer than Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Agent Carter, Agent Coulson, and Iron Fist — all who have managed to snag movies or TV shows just fine.

  • Rheged

    Kevin Feige has said Universal has Namor. They actually had a Namor in development from 2006-2009, with a script by David Self, and Chris Columbus attached to direct, and then Jonathan Mostow.

  • Rheged

    Avengers Alliance has denied there is any rights issue with Namor. As far as I can tell, they just hate the character. He last appeared in Ultimate Alliance. He’s been in some animated shows also.

  • brunchkin

    old school Namor the avenging son, the humanoid godzilla (capitalize on that recent success/ be affirmed that people like watching their cities get wrecked?), best way to do it. don’t rush the avengers or ff connections- ol’ wingfoot has plenty of awesome material to draw from independently (though you can never have enough nazi-trouncing movies, so a good Invaders flick would be sweet)

    -namor the force of nature, ode to golden age human torch fight, character development and romance blah blah blah, off to fight nazis/ the Axis, big bad could be an Axis-allied Attuma as much to get him out of the way and thus (along with the obvious thematic resonance between him and the world-conquering Axis) get to the Llyra/Dorcas/Tiger Shark/ MEN-FISH!!! era of Namor rogues that much sooner

    thumbs up for speedo/golden age swimming trunks outfit, not explaining the science of his flight and having people mistake him for Superman

    thumbs down for Efron or any other smoldering pretty boy- motion capture that accounts for the absurd muscles and triangular head would be preferable

  • newfoundma

    At least he was consistent at giving both men and women impossibly larger chests and tiny waists.

  • Zagreus

    I agree with this completely. Marvel could do an awesome job with him. He needs to be an edgy antihero, and really works better when he has other heroes around him to piss off. So it’s a shame Universal has him as he’s really not a clean cut “good guy”. He should be threatening to attack the surface world or something.

  • Tommy Rankin

    Feige has confirmed that universal has the rights and it feels like they’ve had them for a long time despite not doing anything with the rights? So is the contract with Universal different from Marvel’s other contracts? Is there any timelimit to when Universal needs to do something with the property or do they own the rights until they decide to give them back to Marvel? That seems strange.

  • Tommy Rankin

    Hmm… I don’t know. If you call Namor a B-lister because he was the most popular in the early days then you could call the Original Torch a B-lister which I wouldn’t agree with. Sure Namor used to be a big name and he’s one of the first alongside original Torch and Cap but besides Cap they’re far from A-list these days and I would hardly describe them as even B-list nowadays.

  • Damocles

    A natural fit for AGENT CARTER?

  • Damocles

    I wonder if film rights to the original Human Torch belong to Fox and their FF deal?

  • J.p. Ducey

    It’s his arrogance as KING of Atlantis with their advanced technology and always feeling threatened by the surface world that makes him a compelling anti-hero. He’s comparable to Magneto is some ways.

  • Teddy Mullings

    No offense, but giving away anyhting foreign on anything Marvel is just a bad idea.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    Original Human Torch is with Marvel (he even makes a cameo in The First Avenger)..

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    He was sold in 2006. The longest rights revert timer seems to be with Deadpool who appears to be at least nine years, which would mean exactly the same for Namor potentially.

    As for the “mutant” thing, it’s a bit dodgy, if it is as many people hope a Marvel co-production to fit it in the MCU then they won’t be able to use it, but if it is Universal on their own then they are free to use the word (Fox don’t actually own the concept of mutants, or even the word, they’ve just blocked Marvel Studios from using it).

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    Deadpool is separate as well and has a reversion timer, which seems to be able to last a bit longer than other franchises, All it would take is for Namor to have that same length of time to allow them to make this film.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    This was in 2006, he was one of the last rights packages to be sold off. At that point the super hero films were well and truly underway, and Edgar Wright was approaching Marvel Studios about Ant-Man (which set in motion the chain of events leading to the creation of the MCU). Namor slipped through before they stopped selling.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    That’s what they did with Hulk (which was also with Universal). Marvel got the studio fees and Universal got the distributor fees, but at that point they were also using Paramount as a distributor.

    As that is all the money Disney gets off the film, I’m not sure they’d be happy about it and Marvel has a full schedule as it is. Best tactic might actually be to let them make the film but arrange a deal to get it under the MCU banner and keep Odin’s good eye over the production.

  • The_Eternal_Dalek

    Nobody knows, Fantastic Four and Daredevil are and were both seven years, but Deadpool seems to be nine years. If Namor is a nine year deal also (or even longer) that would explain this movie.

  • MychaelDarklighter

    I really wish Marvel could get back at LEAST the FF rights, because half the damn Marvel universe was built out of FF, and they are currently denied access to some of their own best and most essential concepts!
    Without just those FF rights; no Skrulls (hence Chittauri), no Inhumans, no Silver Surfer, no Negative Zone, no Latveria, no goddamned Galactus!
    Stop making shitty movies JUST to retain Marvel’s licencing rights! I will give Fox credit for actually trying to make X-Men good, but still; no mutants in the cinematic Marvel U! I’m surprised they were allowed to use Scarlet Witch + Quicksilver at all, even if they are science experiments rather than mutants. They obviously can’t be the scion of Magneto, though.

  • William Parson

    Actually the Inhumans are owned by Marvel Studios, and Marvel Studios also has a similar part ownership clause for the Skrulls like the whole Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch deal

  • Guest

    Wow could the original human torch be the man she alludes to in the winter soldier? Will he become Ultron? That would be a twist ;)

  • sub

    D-list, your Crazy, Namor was the first truly superhuman character, the first to fly and Marvels rival to Superman for years… He is an Golden age A lister, without him Marvel wouldn’t exist.

  • marvel Buff

    As long as marvel have a say in it (like the Incredible Hulk film) then I think it would be cool.

    Make it in the same time frame as Agent Carter would be even better, something like. WW2 has ended but America faces a new threat, invasion by Atlantis and its Super powered leader Namor!

    With no Captain America, America needs a new hero, someone who can fly and go toe to toe with Namor.

    Howard Stark takes the challenge and along with Dr Horton build the Human Torch (cast Michael B Jordan for added effect).

    Namor vs Jim Hammonds human torch would be the best anniversary film ever, base scenes on Carl Burgos and Bill Everetts early work and really go back to the start of it all.