‘Honestly, it affects us more’: MCU boss admits not having Namor film rights hurts Disney

Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverNamor’s success has been attributed to many things, with one of the most important aspects being Namor’s portrayal and arc in the story. Played in his most formative mould, Namor enters the fray as the newest and oldest player who is also arguably the most powerful, fair and fiercely vicious when it comes to protecting. its people and its underwater nation of forgotten exiles.

Tall in his own tale, the culturally rich and historically significant character captured the attention of fandom in a single show of power when he rose from the sea alone at night to deliver an ultimatum to Wakandan royalty.

Tenoch Huerta debuts as Namor in Black Panther 2
Tenoch Huerta debuts as Namor in black panther 2

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Marvel’s survival strategy is coming back to haunt the studio

The fans were enslaved by Tenoch Huerta Mejía. The masochistic love the fandom holds for Wakanda’s nemesis is mostly due to actor Namor’s powerful performance in the Phase Four MCU movie. And with great power comes great demand for an immediate solo project. The issue, however, for Disney-owned Marvel Studios, is the legality of owning the mutant antihero who unfortunately belongs to Universal. Like the Hulk, Namor is also lost to the other production company and while he may visit the mainstream Marvel Universe, he can never truly belong here permanently.

Namor is coming to the MCU
Namor arrives with legal luggage from Universal

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Like a true outcast and son of both land and sea, Namor – a creature of two worlds – now faces a standoff between Marvel and Universal. Unfortunately for the fandom, the 90s were cruel for Marvel, and in an attempt to survive the bankruptcy, the character’s intellectual property was pledged to the highest bidder along with many others like Hulk, Spider-Man, Venom, X -Men and the Fantastic. Four. In light of Marvel Studio’s current value, the MCU’s vast world-building, and expansive layering, characters like these have become intrinsically essential to the plot, and yet legalities prevent them from participating in the MCU. according to the whim and fantasy of Kevin Feige.

Nate Moore talks about the legally binding terms of a Namor solo film

Namor’s solo movie would require Marvel Studios to buy out the rights from Universal, but given that it’s not essentially a live-action monopoly, the intricacies of the business deal will be much more complicated. to bypass. For Kevin Feige & Co., finding a loophole in Universal’s ownership of the intellectual property was easier and more feasible for the short-term plans that were put in place for the wakanda forever crew. Nate Moore explains what it means to Disney not owning Namor and how moving a few building blocks helped Marvel bring the character to screens.

“Honestly, it affects us more, and not too much outside of school, but in how we market the film than how we use it in the film. There wasn’t really anything we couldn’t do from a character perspective for him, which is good because we clearly took inspiration from the source material, but we also made some big changes to really make it happen. anchor in this world. a truth that the edit never really landed on, I would say, in a big way.

Namor in Black Panther 2
Namor’s Supremacy Begins in the MCU

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With Universal still holding the distribution rights to the character, it looks like Namor will have to be “something borrowed, something blue” from Marvel until a deal can be reached between the two studios over his ownership. Unlike the Sony x Marvel deal that allows solo Spider-Man films within the MCU, Namor’s complicated history with the live-action world is also very confusing. For now, Feige has sidestepped the issue, but due to the strict laws surrounding a character’s intellectual property, there isn’t much that can be done in terms of a solo film about the grumpy mutant king.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now playing in theaters.

Source: The Envelope

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