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Namor Nearly Missed Out on the MCU Due to Marvel Rights Issues

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Author/Atul K Rawat

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Nearly as complicated as the Sub-Mariner himself are the Namor rights in the Marvel universe

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The aquatic anti-hero is a property of Marvel Entertainment and its parent company Disney. 

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Bill Everett originally created him for the failed Motion Picture Funnies Weekly pilot issue, which was then heavily reprinted in Marvel Comics #1 in 1939.

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In the November 11 release of Marvel Studios' Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the hybrid mutant makes his first live-action appearance as the king of the underwater kingdom Talocan (instead of Atlantis), played by Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta.

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'Rights issues' prevented Marvel Studios and director Ryan Coogler from introducing Namor in 2018's Black Panther, 

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which would have teased the character's appearance in a post-credits scene that didn't get used, according to the cover story of EW's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Namor: Sub-Mariner was created by Marvel Studios and director Philip Kaufman in 1997, 

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long before New Line Cinema's Blade, Fox's X-Men, and Sony's Spider-Man adaptations dominated the box office in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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 Namor joined the Hulk (and later The Incredible Hulk) team at Universal Pictures in 2001, at a time when the rights to such characters as Iron Man 

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and Captain America were spread across studios like New Line and Artisan Entertainment, respectively.

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On November 11th, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever from Marvel Studios will be released in theatres.

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