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mem­ory. The move proved dis­as­trous, as Namor went on the of­fen­sive against the sur­face world, as­sum­ing that they were re­spon­si­ble for the ap­par­ent de­struc­tion of At­lantis. This formed the premise

a few story arcs in the 1960s that re­sulted in clas­si­cal bat­tles be­tween Namor and the Fan­tas­tic Four, as well as other key char­ac­ters, such as Dare­devil and Iron Man.

Multi-team player

If there’s an award for hav­ing most num­ber of team af­fil­i­a­tions, it should go to Namor, not Wolver­ine. Af­ter all, Namor has been a mem­ber of (deep breath) the In­vaders, the All-Win­ners Squad, the

Namor cer­tainly likes his re­la­tion­ships com­pli­cated. Through­out the years, his love life has been plagued by for­bid­den out­comes, in­clud­ing dis­as­trous flings with At­lantean love Lady Dorma and Al­pha Flight’s Mar­rina, as well as an in­fat­u­a­tion for un­avail­able women such as Emma Frost (Cy­clops’ cur­rent lover) and Sue “In­vis­i­ble Woman” Storm.

From the first Fan­tas­tic Four An­nual (circa 1963) to Fan­tas­tic Four #412 (1996), Namor’s undy­ing de­sire for Sue’s hand has been con­sis­tently thwarted by Reed Richards, and the fact that he continues to har­bour hopes

With the del­uge of comic-book movies dom­i­nat­ing the sil­ver screen, I’ve al­ways won­dered why a 75-year-old char­ac­ter like Namor the Sub-Mariner still hasn’t got his own movie. Con­sid­er­ing that there’s been Water­world and even a Man From At­lantis TV se­ries, how dif­fi­cult can it be to get the At­lantean ruler on screen?

Well, for that to hap­pen, Marvel Stu­dios first needs to re­claim the rights to Namor from Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures. Only then would the House Of Ideas be able to tap into the wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­po­sure ac­cu­mu­lated since (be­fore) Marvel’s Golden Age.

For now, we’ll have to be sat­is­fied with his ex­ploits in comic books – al­though he doesn’t have a solo ti­tle in the cur­rent All-New Marvel Now re­launch, he is still in New Avengers as part of the Il­lu­mi­nati, as well as the All-New In­vaders on­go­ing se­ries.

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at­lantean army en­ter­ing the fray dur­ing

Namor en­joy­ing some Kree hos­pi­tal­ity in all-NewIn­vaders#2.

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