This weekend, we had a discussion in my house about The Sub-Mariner, who is NOT the one just under the Mariner in the hierarchy, but is in fact the original undersea hero, two years before the better known Aquaman.  Rumors of a Namor movie have swirled about for years, but after Jason Momoa’s turn as Aquaman, I worry that he’s going to be perceived as somehow imitating the hero he inspired years ago.  The question of Aquaman or Namor is more than just blonde vs. dark or orange scales vs. green, it’s a comparison of whether you want wings on your ankles or fins on your calves, leading to today’s undersea query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks the real answer may be Princess Ariel, but doesn’t want to get near that character’s fanbase right now, asking: Which Sea King is the Real Thing: Aquaman or Namor?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Namor. How is this even a question? Just ask yourself: which one has a history of punching Nazis, fighting for minority rights, and not letting fish nibble off his extremities?

    Oh, and dream-casting Christian Bale as an MCU Namor.

  2. Jarmo Seppänen on

    Namor tends to have more going on background-wise, so him. I do like some versions of Aquaman more than some of Namor though, so its close.

  3. as much as i love a Brian Blessed-ass Brave & The Bold Aquaman, i feel like Namor’s always been more consistent as a character. glad to help out when the fate of the planet is on the line, but otherwise desires to be left alone by us filthy surface-dwellers.

    also if we’re dream casting, i’d suggest Joe Taslim as Namor. great screen presence, another much-needed AAPI representation in cinema (he’s Indonesian and it’d be great to see such an arrogant, regal character like Namor played by an Asian dude with some swagger), and dude can fight like hell: warning, NSFW gore

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