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Now Namor Is Getting Killed Off In The Comics

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Say good-bye to “Marvel’s First Mutant” as Namor is biting the big one in the pages of Squadron Supreme.

This shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise seeing how Namor is reportedly licensed out to Universal Studios, meaning Marvel can’t use the character in their movies or TV (Marvel also cancelled Fantastic Four, disbanded the team and killed off Wolverine). 

While Squadron Supreme #1 isn’t due out until December 16th, series writer James Robinson let the news be known in an interview with ComicBook.com.

“I think that as you’ll see in Squadron, Namor’s death will open up a lot of amazing story opportunities which will evolve in the future,” Robinson offered.

In the comics, Namor has been closely tied to the Fantastic Four, X-Men as well as the Avengers.

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Fantastic Four Casts Wants Silver Surfer & Namor For Sequel

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Will we ever see the Sentinel of the Spaceways on the big screen again?

I would have to say it’s a good bet, especially if the Fantastic Four reboot is somewhat of a success.

While the 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie was less than stellar, which I thought was more due to the writing, I was pretty happy with Doug Jones’ performance as the herald of Galactus. The movie actually wouldn’t have turned out that bad if they hadn’t used the Galactus cloud.

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Last we heard about the Silver Surfer potentially appearing in a movie was the rumor that Marvel Studios wanted to trade the rights to Daredevil for Silver Surfer and Galactus. It’s possible Marvel wanted to use the cosmic duo in their Infinity War movies against Thanos. Obviously that didn’t happen, and Marvel so far has come out on top as the Netflix Daredevil show is considered a raging success.

So with Fox Studios keeping the rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus, now the Surfer’s name has popped up in relation to a potential Fantastic Four sequel. Jamie Bell, who is playing Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, says he would like to see the Silver Surfer as the next villain.

“You can’t get away from Silver Surfer,” Bell told ComicBook.com. “I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking.”

While the Fantastic Four movie has been getting some heat online, what I do appreciate about the film is that it’s a more serious take on science-fiction than the previous campy movies — and even Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. A really hard core serious approach with the Surfer would be out of this world.

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Now a second potential villain named for the Fantastic Four sequel will be a little more difficult to use than the Silver Surfer. In the same interview, Michael B. Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, recommends Namor.

“Namor is a cool one,” Jordan said. “By far, he’s the strongest mutant. You know what I’m saying? Maybe not by far, but he’s the strongest mutant. It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor.”

The issue with Namor is that Fox Studios doesn’t own the rights to the character. Actually, both Universal Studios and Marvel Studios have their hands tied to the character, so unless both studios would agree to lend Fox Namor (which wouldn’t be unheard of as Sony and Marvel have come to a mutual deal for Spider-Man), The Sub-Mariner would be out of the question.

As Jordan notes, Namor has a history with the Fantastic Four, which would be pretty cool on the big screen if we did see the FF taking on Atlantis.

“The classic one where he’s running rampant and the only way he’ll stop is if he gets a kiss from Sue right in front of Reed. It’s awesome. I think that would make for a good movie and storyline.”

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“Fantastic Four” has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Trailer:

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Namor Easter Egg In Captain America: The First Avenger Art

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Spot the Namor reference in the above concept art from Captain America: The First Avenger?

To the left sees the “Underwater Cities Of The Future” from Atlantis Enterprises, of course with Atlantis being the home of Namor.

In addition, the scene at the World Fair depicts “The Synthetic Man,” which is a homage to the original Human Torch, a member of the Invaders of which Namor and Captain America were also a part of.

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnson did state at one time that the Invaders were supposed to appear in the film, but then backtracked his statements by explaining it was a name they were considering to be used for Cap’s team.

As we see in the footage below, the Namor Easter Egg never made its way into the film probably due to the character rights being possibly owned (or in part owned) by Universal. 

Artist Adam Brockbank is responsible for the concept art.

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Namor Movie Rumored By Universal & Legendary

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We know that Namor is owned by Universal and not Marvel Studios as Kevin Feige stated as much.

We know that Legendary Entertainment recently partnered with Universal after parting ways with Warner Bros.

We know that Legendary CEO Thomas Tull likes his comic book movies (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Superman Returns, Watchmen).

And we know that recently Universal and Legendary announced a mystery tentpole movie for November 4th, 2016.

As we stated back last August, maybe a Namor movie would work now that Universal and Legendary are a pair.

Well, that is the rumor: that the November 4, 2016 release could be for a Namor movie.

It’s also possible the earlier rumor about Zac Efron for a Marvel movie could be for Namor.

Maybe we’ll find out at Comic-Con this Summer.

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Mention Made Of X-Men & Fantastic Four Movie Again

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For a second time it’s mentioned that Fox Studios is looking to bridge their X-Men and Fantastic Four properties.

A previous report mentioned that Fox was looking at developing an X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four shared movie universe; however, the article was corrected stating it was all based on speculation and erroneous quotes.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter is stating similar in their own report which is about the year of shared movie universes for 2014. They quote a previous interview they did with Simon Kinberg, who has recently been announced to be developing Marvel-style movies for Fox with their X-Men and Fantastic Four properties.

Kinberg didn’t explicitly state he is creating an X-Men and Fantastic Four movie shared universe, so the report could be further speculation from THR. Of course it’s certainly possible Kinberg could be indeed briding the gap between the X-Men and Fantastic Four with the success of Disney’s Avengers being a proven winner.

The same report also mentions that Universal Studios might not have any superheroes in its library, but we know that’s not the case as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed Universal has Namor.

Josh Trank is directing the Fantastic Four movie which has a June 19th, 2015 release.

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Sorry: No Namor For Marvel Studios Says Kevin Feige; How About From Thomas Tull and Legendary?

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Well, there goes my pick for Vin Diesel, as Kevin Feige has let it be known that Marvel Studios does not own the rights to Namor.

While I was unsure of who owned the character, thinking Fox actually may have owned the rights to Namor as the Submariner is known as “the first mutant,” or that Marvel Studios did as there was speculation of a possible Namor appearance in The Avengers when it first became known a “Leviathan” creature was to be featured; it turns out both are not the case.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, when asked about Namor, Feige replied, “That’s at Universal.”

So now we know that Namor will not be popping up in any of the Marvel Studios movies.

However, obviously that doesn’t rule out Universal launching their own Namor movie, and what’s interesting, is that big time comic book fan Thomas Tull recently took his Legendary Entertainment to Universal having moved on from Warner Bros.

Tull produced and co-financed Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Triology as well as Man of Steel. Perhaps Tull and Legendary might give Namor a try on the big screen? And will they be able to do it before WB launches Aquaman?

I would also be curious to know what other Marvel properties (if any) go along with Namor as a lot of the character’s villains and such seem to be shared amongst the other Marvel characters.

Tiger Shark, maybe?

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Vin Diesel In Talks With Marvel Studios: As The Vision? Namor?

Back in August of last year, Vin Diesel posted an image of the Vision on his official Facebook page.

Well, now the actor has revealed that he is in talks with Marvel Studios.

Vin Diesel posted the following:

Pamela Reid: -wrote- I love it when you share your pics. Many thanks for sharing.

/smile 

P.s. Marvel has requested a meeting… no idea what for… haha, you probably know better than me…

Also with this, perhaps, unrelated image.

Namor?

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