Namor could be the first Marvel character with a series, but one by one, the character’s projects have been falling, including in cinema.
Created by Bill Everett in 1931, he is the oldest Marvel character, since his adventures began years before Timely Comics even existed, the publisher that later bought his rights and was eventually renamed Marvel Comics. But Namor could also be the first Marvel character with a TV series, and could also make it to the movies before Black Panther: Wanda Forever.
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In 1953 or 1954, according to Bill Everett himself, they sought them out to propose adapting Namor for television, following the success of the Superman program with George Reeves. The actor chosen by the producers was Richard Egan, popular at the time in film noir and westerns.
Although only a few testimonies are known about this project, mainly from Everett, coincidentally at the same time, Marvel (then called Atlas Comics) revived their characters Captain America and Namor. Could it be that a TV series would increase the sales of Namor’s comics and other marketing?
Namor, not in cinema either
In April 1997, Variety reported several films in development by Marvel Studios (whose SEO was Stan Lee and president Avi Arad) with other production companies. Accounting for projects such as Fantastic Four (with a script by Chris Columbus, director of My Poor Little Angel and Harry Potter), Iron Man (with Nicolas Cage as Tony Stark), X-Men (directed by Bryan Singer), Silver Surfer, Daredevil, Hulk (directed by Jumanji’s Joe Johnston), Luke Cage, Black Panther (produced by Wesley Snipes, who was then playing Blade), Ghost Rider, Thior, Punisher, Captain America and Namor.
The project of bringing Namor to the cinema for the first time was entrusted to Philip Kaufman, known for The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Chosen Ones of Glory or Forbidden Letters. However, the script underwent several rewrites and production was delayed until it was announced to be shot in 2003 for a spring 2004 release.
Then came more setbacks and in 2005 it was announced that the aforementioned Chris Columbus would be in charge of directing Namor’s new film project. In September 2006, rights holder Universal Pictures announced that director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) would rewrite and direct the film. In 2009 it was reported that the project had not progressed.
In 2014, Kevin Feige mentioned that the rights to Namor belonged to Marvel and not Universal:
“It’s a little more complicated than that. Let’s put it this way: there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties, which means we need to work things out before moving forward. Unlike Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just use them.”
Based on these statements, it has been repeatedly commented that, although the rights to the character belong to Marvel, the distribution rights belong to Universal, in the same way as the rights to the Hulk, which makes it difficult to make a solo film of one of them. these two characters.
On Screen Rant, it reads: “Since Marvel has said they own the rights to Namor, it seems likely that even if Marvel can’t make a movie, they can still include him in the MCU. Namor is rumored to be the villain of Black Panther 2, which would make sense considering the deep animosity shared between Namor and Black Panther in the comics and the turbulent history between their respective kingdoms.”
Recently, this news seems to be confirmed, and the character would appear with a Mesoamerican appearance played by Tenoch Huerta. And while he hasn’t clarified the current status of the character’s rights, in the comics Namor is often a great sidekick to other Marvel characters and isn’t as effective when he fronts his own stories.
Sources: CBR.com, Variety and Screen Rant
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