Why the MCU’s New “Aquaman” Won’t Join the ‘Avengers’

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Super heroes and villains in the MCU have only recently been dabbling in the grey area as the MCU has been more open to adding antiheroes especially with Moon Knight which will debut on March 30. Moon Knight is a great example of a hero who doesn’t have the same heroic drive as other iconic Avengers like Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers/Captain America who always did what was right. In Captain America: Civil War (2016) we did see the ideologies of both Captain America and RDJ’s Tony Stark/Iron Man collide against each other putting hero against hero, but characters like Moon Knight have a personal agenda and if it doesn’t match with the Avenger’s agenda, conflict ensues.

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One of the oldest antiheroes in the Marvel Comics universe is Namor, and his reported inclusion into the Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever leaves fans speculating whether or not the Sub-Mariner will work with the Avengers or against them.

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Black Panther is one of Marvel Studios’ most successful films as it earned $1.3 billion dollars. It is also the only Marvel Studios film to earn an Academy Award for Best Picture, but Marvel is pushing to have more Marvel films to be considered. Ryan Coogler returns to direct the sequel, but this movie has had a lot of challenges. The first of many was the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman due to cancer — this required the whole script to be rewritten causing the film to be delayed to its now November release.

Marvel Studios has made it clear that they will not recast T’Challa in honor of Chadwick Boseman, but many have speculated on who will take up the mantle of Black Panther. Many have speculated that T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, could be the one to become the next Black Panther.

Production for the film has been halted several times with the latest reason related to Covid.

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Being an Atlantean has led Namor in the comics to hate humans or as he calls them “surface-dwellers” which would make it hard for him to be an Avenger. In the earlier years of comics, sources point out that Namor was only seen as an antagonist for the Avengers in the beginning. When he eventually did join them, it caused him to lose his title as Prince of Atlantis leaving his people to hate him so there are complex reasons why Namor wouldn’t want to be in the Avengers.

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With the X-Men joining the MCU soon, it will be interesting if Namor favors them instead as he is a Mutant and when the X-Men and Avengers have fought, Namor tends to align with the X-Men over the Avengers. Another thing to point out is that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which releases in theaters on May 6 will be including Defender Strange who will most likely set up the Defenders and Namor was one of the main members. The Defenders was a team of superheroes set on accomplishing a certain agenda. It would be easier to include the Atlantean Prince in the Defenders than having him run around with the Avengers due to the structure of the Defenders meant to handle more obscure conflicts.

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It is hard to speculate on how far Marvel will want to look at Atlantis with casual fans possibly getting DC’s Aquaman mixed up with Namor as Aquaman has its sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom set to release in December 2022, a month after Black Panther 2. With Aquaman already exploring a lot of Atlantis, it would be hard for Marvel to follow suit without creating confusion or backlash if Atlantis is too similar to Aquaman’s Atlantis leaving fans dissatisfied. It makes the most sense to have Namor keep Atlantis as a big part of his life for his rumored debut due to Wakanda possibly going to war with Atlantis, but it will be interesting seeing if Marvel will have Atlanteans invade Wakanda to avoid showing much of Atlantis so soon due to Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom.

More on Aquaman

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The official synopsis for Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is:

Aquaman forges an uneasy alliance with an unlikely ally to save Atlantis and the rest of the planet.

The Aquaman sequel stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Boba Fett actor Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, and Amber Heard as Mera.

What’s coming in 2022 for Marvel

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Marvel fans have a lot of things to look forward to in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On Disney+  you can expect Moon Knight on March 30, Ms. Marvel in Summer 2022, and She-Hulk to debut this year. For movies, Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness comes out on May 6, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder on July 8, and of course, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

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