Black Panther: Wakanda Forever showed that Namor was ready to play the long game in his grand plan. But this could recreate two classic teams.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever showed the destructive power of Namor and his Talokan army. With a society of superhuman beings at his command, as well as his status as a Mutant, it’s clear that he’s someone the surface world is far from prepared to face. Nevertheless, he still failed in his plan to overtake the surface, thanks to the new Black Panther. But just because he lost the battle doesn’t mean he’s lost the war.
Following his defeat in Wakanda Forever, Namor reassured Namora that he would play the long game with the surface and wait for Wakanda to turn to them for aid. But this might only be one aspect of his plan. With Namor’s charming nature and ability to sway a person’s opinion, Namor could easily work with the surface in a way the world would understand: heroism. But even though he could defend the world as a solo hero, he’d cover a lot more ground with a team. Thankfully, he just so happens to be a part of two powerful teams in the comics that could return to the MCU at any time.
The Defenders Represent Namor’s Strength
The Defenders initially appeared in the Marvel Netflix continuity and consisted of street-level heroes like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. But this iteration wasn’t the first. In fact, the original Defenders team was far more powerful, with Doctor Strange, Hulk, Namor and the Silver Surfer. However, later team additions would include Hercules and Valkyrie, among other characters. The team acted similarly to the Avengers but consisted of more outsiders and unlikely team players. As a result, the Defenders would be the perfect team for Namor to introduce after Wakanda Forever as a way to sway some of the strongest heroes to his cause.
Though Doctor Strange isn’t a team player, he can admit when he needs help. If Namor were to appear at his doorstep, it would mean whatever the threat is would be too great for either of them to defeat alone; it would imply Strange would need help from other avenues like Hulk’s intelligence and strength, as well as Hercules and Valkyrie’s brawn and strategic skill. In the end, Namor could build a camaraderie with these characters and even form a close bond with Strange, securing a sorcerer as an ally.
The Illuminati Would Be Namor’s Brains
While it’d be great to have the strength of the surface on his side, Namor would also require an easy in with the world’s greatest minds and superpowers. But to do that, he would need to befriend them. Therefore, there’s no better time to introduce the Illuminati, and with Professor X and Reed Richards coming soon, now would be the best time to bring these characters in as newcomers looking to make a difference on a grand scale. But even though Strange has seen the dangers of this group in other realities, he could join as well, keeping the team honest, all while Namor uses their discoveries to his advantage.
In the end, Namor has always known that the surface is a world he’s totally ignorant of. But by placing himself on teams that could better acclimate him to their customs, he could gain their trust even fast. However, the moment he’s achieved his goals and earned his place as a hero, he could enact his larger plan and use the strength of the Defenders and the intelligence of the Illuminati to inadvertently help kickstart his war. But even still, Doctor Strange may be his only real threat, as he may not trust him from the start. Nevertheless, Namor’s plan from Wakanda Forever is the best way to bring two classic Marvel teams back to the MCU.
To see Namor make his first splash in the MCU, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently in theaters.
Namor the Sub-Mariner and his band of sea-dwelling Atlanteans could have been part of Marvel’s first shared universe.
Unfortunately, this plan failed due to the rights of Namor being held by Universal Studios at the time, preventing Marvel from using the character and his related plotlines in their movies and shows.
However, there is a way that Namor and the Atlanteans can be used in the MCU and it starts with the introduction of Marvel’s Defenders and Illuminati.
The Defenders would consist of Namor and his people, who could act as a powerful ally in the fight against threats to the world. They would also provide a great source of diversity to the MCU’s lineup of heroes. The members of the Illuminati would consist of Namor, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Black Panther, Mister Fantastic, and Black Bolt, who would represent the “cosmic” side of theMCU. These two teams would be able to join forces against cosmic threats and fight back those who wish to destabilize the world.
As for Namor himself, the introduction of the character would be a great way to move the MCU back towards its original planned storyline. Namor is an incredibly powerful character who has been a part of the Marvel Universe for decades. His presence in the MCU would also give the franchise an opportunity to explore the concept of undersea civilizations in a much more detailed manner.
In conclusion, it’s too bad that Namor and the planned shared universe never got off the ground. But with the introduction of Marvel’s Defenders and Illuminati, there’s still a great way to utilize Namor and the Atlanteans in the MCU. Not only would this bring Namor back into the limelight, but it could also open up some interesting storylines that would add depth to the overall story arc.