There’s been speculation for years when and where we’ll see Prince Namor Mackenzie aka The Sub-Mariner finally arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, the longstanding thought has been that his solo rights have been in the grips of Universal Pictures and they certainly weren’t willing to budge.
Yesterday, it was announced that Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk would be getting her own live-action series on Disney+ and Kevin Feige confirmed she would be directly coming to the MCU. We’re also getting vigilante Marc Spector aka Moon Knight and teenage Muslim hero Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel as well.
FEIGE: “Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU.”
The interesting thing about She-Hulk is that she is most likely entangled with those pesky Universal Pictures rights unless the television/streaming rights didn’t fall under the purview of Universal.
At one time, ABC Studios and Marvel Television were developing a live-action Hulk series with the help of Guillermo del Toro that would air on ABC, but it would eventually be deemed too expensive leading to Agents of SHIELD becoming a replacement for it.
Perhaps, like making Hulk a supporting character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe feature films such as The Avengers and Thor: Ragnarok, giving these characters their own Disney+ series is another loophole to get them in this universe without the studio red-tape caused by dealing with Universal Pictures.
Imagine if Namor got his own 6-episode limited series in place of a feature film. I don’t think fans would complain too much if he eventually showed up in stuff like Black Panther 2 or the Fantastic Four movies.
However, if Marvel isn’t able to make an actual solo movie for Namor, giving him his own Disney+ series could be how they work around that and he certainly is an untapped character that deserves his backstory and the MCU version of Atlantis explored.
Speaking of Fantastic Four, both Jennifer and Namor have ties to that team and it’ll be interesting to see if the She-Hulk series will indeed attempt to introduce The Fantastic Four or even Namor himself.
I wouldn’t be terribly shocked if they did a Namor series that could be a great entry point for the MCU version of the Fantastic Four and maybe even Doctor Doom.
I know fans have very little patience, all you have to do is look to how people assumed the X-Men casting would be secured overnight and thrown into Avengers: Endgame as a button scene. Not really how Marvel works.
As much as I want to see Namor show-up in Black Panther 2 or other movies in Phase 5, maybe the way to go is giving him a proper introduction like a series instead of inserting him into the plot of another movie before we know who he is for fan service reasons.
I’m going to assume She-Hulk might be a backdoor for characters like Mark Ruffalo’s Professor Hulk, William Hurt’s Red Hulk, The Leader, and Abomination to get involved as well.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Marvel Studios puts this one together cause they could easily make a live-action version of Agents of SMASH, but I’m sort of doubting that’ll be the case since She-Hulk is going to be the primary character in the show.