Marvel fans are waiting for the character, Namor, to be introduced in Marvel Cinematic Universe, but many of the MCU premiere reference his existence.
Namor McKenzie, aka the Sub-Mariner, is another character from the Marvel Comics. In the year 1939, this character was given birth by Bill Everett for the Comic book packager Funnies Inc. At that time, the Sub-Mariner, became one of the top three characters of Timely Comics, along with Captain America and the original Human Torch.
The story of Namor was that he is a mutant son of a sea captain (human) and a princess of a mythical kingdom called Atlantis. In the character description, Namor had aquatic abilities, and superhuman strengths of a race mentioned in the comics called Homo mermanus. The Homo mermanus race includes the gilled aquatic humanoids, particularly people who live in Atlantis.
For many years, the Sub-Mariner has been portrayed as an antihero. He is described as a good-natured but short-tempered superhero who seeks vengeance for perceived wrongs. Namor is one of the oldest and kind of important characters in Marvel Comics. Along with his superhuman strengths, Namor has mutant abilities, and he is referred to as ‘Marvel’s First Mutant. Namor possesses superhuman speed and durability, along with aquatic healing, radiation absorption, aquatic telepathy, and many more.
The character, Sub-Mariner, has been linked to Avengers, Defenders, X-Men, and Fantastic Four throughout the Marvel history. And so far, Namor has been mentioned quite a few times, which has led to fans hoping for his debut in phase 4 of MCU. Many fans are theorizing that if Namor makes his debut in MCU, it will be through Black Panther 2. Although, here are all the Namor MCU references so far.
Namor & Atlantis: Iron Man 2
The first reference to Namor and the existence of Atlantis in the year 2010 is in the film Iron Man 2. At the end of the film, when Nick Fury meets with Tony Stark to talk about Avengers Initiative, a global map is shown. The map included the markers on the locations that S.H.I.E.L.D was monitoring because of mysterious events happening there. If you look closely at that map, you can see a marker pinned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, which is the general location of the mythical undersea kingdom called Atlantis.
Namor Easter Egg in Captain America: Winter Soldier
A few years after the release of Iron Man 2, Captain America: Winter Soldier was released. At the beginning of the film, Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, was given a task to infiltrate one S.H.I.E.L.D ship, which was taken over by terrorists. The name of the ship was Lemurian Star, and in the Marvel Comics, Lemuria was a continent ruled by Deviants but sank underwater around the time of Atlantis. At that time, Namor had a lot of experience dealing with the rival continent.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Referenced Atlantis
In September 2014, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D released season 2, and in the ninth episode named “…Ye Who Enter Here,” The Kingdom of Atlantis was mentioned. The particular episode focused on the adventure of Agent Coulson and his team trying to enter a hidden alien city before HYDRA. One agent named Antoine Triplett asked particularly for Atlantis, the location of an ancient extraterrestrial city the team was searching for. Atlantis wasn’t the location of the hidden city, but the first time the sunken kingdom was mentioned directly in MCU.
Namor’s Existence Hinted in Avengers: Endgame
The most recent reference to Namor, the Sub-Mariner, made in one of the thrilling and historical films of MCU, Avengers: Endgame. The film starts with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, where she touches the base with Okoye, Nebula, Rocket, Captain Marvel, and War Machine. During that meeting, Okoye from Wakanda talked about earthquakes coming off the coast of Africa. She concluded that Wakanda would be handling it by not leaving it in between, but that’s the direct reference to Namor. A tease about his approaching debut in MCU.
Nothing has been officially announced about how and when Namor and Atlantis will be introduced in Marvel Cinematic Universe. But with many references linked directly to Namor, fans are hoping that Marvel Studios will debut this character soon.