Namor The Sub-Mariner is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we cannot be any more excited. He is rumored to make his on-screen debut in Black Panther 2. Marvel is most probably going to adapt the Atlantis Vs Wakanda War storyline (with some variances).
We are probably going to an All-out between two of the most advanced civilizations in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it is going to be the most epic thing to watch.
So, Who is Namor? Let’s take a look at these 10 amazing facts about Namor which you must know in order to know him.
Namor the Sub-Mariner or Namor McKenzie made his debut back in 1939. The character was written by writer0artist Bill Everett for Funnies Inc. Everett stated that the character’s name was inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Everett came up with ‘Namor’ by writing down noble sounding names backward and decided on ROMAN/NAMOR.
#2: He had many abilities
Namor is the King of the marine world which makes him one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel universe. He has many abilities such as Aquatic Adaptation, Superhuman Strength, speed, agility, senses, and reflexes. He can also Fly using the tiny wings on his ankles. He has telepathic control over sea creatures, the ability to copy the powers of oceanic lifeforms, Bodily water generation, Longevity, Hydrokinesis.
#3: The First known Comic Book Anti-Hero
Namor was created nearly 8 decades ago and he is considered as the first known comic book anti-hero. Throughout the years he has been portrayed as an antihero alternately from a good-natured but short-fused superhero or a Hostile invader seeking vengeance for perceived wrongs that misguided surface-dwellers committed against his kingdom.
#4: Marvel’s First Mutant
Namor is a Hybrid of human and Atlantean DNA. His father was a human Sea Captain and his mother was a Princess of the undersea kingdom of Atlantis. Namor is the first mutant to appear in print in the Marvel universe. But, chronologically, Marvel has had other mutants which are older than Namor, namely – Selene, Apocalypse, Exodus, Wolverine, Mystique, Destiny, Azazel and the Externals.
#5: Aquaman was a copy of Namor
As you must have noticed that Namor bears a lot of similarities with DC’s Aquaman, the truth is that Namor came first and DC ripped off the character to create Aquaman. Namor made his debut for Marvel in 1939 whereas Aquaman came 2 years after that in 1941. Although Aquaman managed to gain more popularity than Namor, and Jason Momoa’s portrayal of Aquaman did not help Namor’s case at all.
#6: Namor was on Captain America’s side in the Civil War
In the comics when Cap and Iron Man went against each other, Namor decided to be on Captain America’s team. The laws of the surface rarely touch Atlantis and the Superhuman Registration Act should not have bothered Namor too much but Namor had to fight in the Civil war due to a personal stake in the matter. Namorita, Namor’s cousin lost her life in the initial blast that began the whole event.
#7: History with the Avengers
Namor had an on and off relationship with the Avengers where he has even stood against the Avengers at times. He met the Avengers as rivals at first and he is the reason the Avengers are able to recover Captain America’s frozen body. Following the battle, he gained their respect and was offered a chance to join them, which he declined. Later on, he did join the Avengers when they were against Hercules.
#8: Namor was in the Illuminati
Illuminati was a secret organization in the marvel universe where superheroes met secretly to exchange valuable information. Namor was a part of this group twice. His first exit from the group was due to his protesting the exile of the Hulk and his second exit was after the Illuminati decided to stop destroying other worlds to resolve the incursion crisis, believing his colleagues lacked the stomach to do what was right.
#9: He was in Love with Sue Storm
Namor stood against the Fantastic Four for a long time but he had a soft corner in his heart for Sue Storm. As we know MCU is going to reboot Fantastic Four and it would be interesting to see whether they adopt this storyline in the movies.
#10: Atlantis Vs Wakanda
In the comics, Namor told Thanos the location of one of the stones, which was in Wakanda and it ultimately led to Wakanda’s destruction at the hands of the Mad Titan. After this, a war broke out between both the civilizations, in which “The Two Kings” went head to head.