One character everyone wants to see brought into the MCU is Namor. He has a very heated rivalry with Black Panther, and he’s also one member of the Illuminati that Marvel could finally bring to the big screen once they have the Fox characters back. However, despite some confusion regarding the rights to the character over the last few years, it looks like Marvel still can’t do a solo Sub Mariner movie.
Kevin Feige explained to IGN that the rights are still tied up with Universal, much like Hulk, where Marvel Studios could use the character but Universal still has distribution rights for a solo film:
IGN: With the Disney/Fox deal, if that pans out, with the Sony rights sharing deal with Spidey, the one big loose end, then, is Namor and Universal. Can you tell us what the status of that is? Is there any chance for him to just pop up in an MCU film? It just sounds like an incredibly complicated situation, for one character.
Kevin Feige: It is. I think there’s a way to probably figure it out but it does have — it’s not as a clean or clear as the majority of the other characters.
The confusion about the rights comes from about two years ago when Marvel’s Joe Quesada was on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast and made it sound as if Marvel had the Namor rights back. This further confirmation from Kevin Feige today confirms that there are still issues with doing a solo Namor film. Much like Hulk in Thor Ragnarok, they could put Namor in a Black Panther or New Avengers movie with no issue, they just can’t do a movie with just him as the sole hero.