The Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, recently stated on Kevin Smith’s podcast the film rights for Namor have returned to Marvel Studios. While the character previously was not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has been confirmed it is only a matter of time until the Sub Mariner fights alongside the likes of heroes such as Captain America and Iron Man on the big screen.
On the podcast, Queseda was asked who had the rights to the character, to which he replied Marvel owns the rights, “he is in the comics.” Kevin Smith pressed Queseda, asking specifically which film studio own the rights to Namor:
“No, what studio. How come you guys aren’t diving into the water. Do the same people who have Iron Man have Sub Mariner?”
To this, Quesada responded:
“Yes, as far as I know yes we do. Yeah, it’s not at Fox, it’s not at Sony.”
The rights to the popular Marvel comics hero were previously owned by Universal Studios, yet there may have been more to it. Marvel executive producer Kevin Feige has previously stated the rights to the Sub Mariner were owned by Marvel, but it was “slightly more complicated than that.” However, that confusion has now been cleared and it is confirmed the character’s film rights have reverted back to solely Marvel Studios.
With the addition of another hero who will need to be introduced into the vastly growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the questions now are who will play Namor, when will he first appear in the MCU, and will he have his own solo film? What do you think of Marvel having full access to the Sub Mariner? Let us know in the comments below!