Namor Film Rights Finally Back With Marvel?

Posted: June 3, 2016 in Comic Book News
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Are the rights to Marvel’s first mutant finally back home within the MCU? Yes, as far as comic book legend Joe Quesada is aware of.

On the popular Kevin Smith podcast Fatman on Batman, Smith and co-host Marc Bernardin eventually asked Quesada about the rights to Namor, aka Sub Mariner, and which studio currently owns them, with the conversation taking place as follows:

QUESADA: We do [own the rights to Namor], he’s in the comics.

SMITH: No, what studio. How come you guys aren’t diving into the water…Do the same people who own Iron Man have Sub Mariner?

QUESADA: Yes, as far as I know yeah, we do. Yeah, it’s not at Fox, it’s not at Sony.

SMITH: Really? So sooner or later, you guys will be diving into the ocean?

QUESADA: I cannot confirm or deny, sir.

Check out the full interview via the video below (at the 36:40 mark)!

While this is certainly exciting news, considering that Quesada specifically mentioned in the interview that he “cannot speak for studios,” and the fact that three different studios have been rumored to own the character’s rights in the past, it’s important to take this with a little skepticism. In fact, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, has flat out stated at one point that Marvel Studios creating and distributing a Namor solo film would be “complicated.”

Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.

That having been said, perhaps Quesada is aware of some kind of deals we haven’t gotten any news about yet, and he accidentally spilled the beans on a big Marvel secret.

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