41 Facts About Sub-Mariner


Namor, known as the Sub-Mariner, is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

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The first known comic book antihero, the Sub-Mariner has remained a historically important and relatively popular Marvel character.

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Sub-Mariner has served directly with the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Invaders, the Defenders, the X-Men and the Illuminati as well as serving as a foil to them on occasion.

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Sub-Mariner described the character as an "ultra-man of the deep [who] lives on land and in the sea, flies in the air, [and] has the strength of a thousand [surface] men".

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The final panel of the earlier, unpublished eight-page Sub-Mariner story had included a "Continued Next Week" box that reappeared, sans lettering, in an expanded 12-page story.

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Sub-Mariner briefly fought crime as a member of the post-war superhero team the All-Winners Squad, and, through a 1970s retcon, was given a history of having fought with the Allies during World War II in the superhero team the Invaders.

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Sub-Mariner experienced a brief revival in the mid-1950s at Atlas Comics, the 1950s iteration of Marvel.

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Sub-Mariner again becomes an antihero during this period, as two elements – a thirst for vengeance and a quest for identity – would dominate the Sub-Mariner stories of the 1960s.

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Sub-Mariner was both a villain and a hero – striking against the human race who destroyed his home, but showing a great deal of noblesse oblige to individuals.

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Some later issues of this Sub-Mariner series are notable for having been written and drawn by the character's creator, Bill Everett, shortly before his death; as well, they reintroduced a now-older Namora, and introduced her daughter, Namorita Prentiss.

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Sub-Mariner became one of the main characters, along with the other Illuminati members, in the third volume of New Avengers beginning in 2013.

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Sub-Mariner's mother was Emperor Thakorr's daughter, Fen, and his father an American sea captain, Leonard McKenzie, of the icebreaker Oracle; they had fallen in love and married aboard ship while she was, unbeknownst to him, spying on the human intruders.

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Sub-Mariner became the Prince of Atlantis, and a warrior for his people against the "surface-dwellers".

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Sub-Mariner befriended the family of fellow World War II veteran Randall Peterson some time after the war, yet long before losing his memories during the fight with Destine.

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The Sub-Mariner subsequently flew off in a rage that solidified the bipolar disorder he would suffer from throughout his life to date.

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Sub-Mariner is briefly married to Marrina, an aquatic alien and a member of the Canadian super-team Alpha Flight.

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Sub-Mariner's is later presumed killed, but she is later revealed to be in a coma, of which Namor is unaware.

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Sub-Mariner collects sunken treasures to finance his secret purchase of a corporation he renames Oracle Inc, which he turns to conservation and environmental purposes.

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Sub-Mariner becomes one of the Phoenix Five when the Phoenix Force is fractured between himself, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Colossus and Magik.

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Sub-Mariner eventually becomes the first of the Phoenix Five to fall.

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Sub-Mariner lent the support of his own nation to her cause and worked with his fellow mutants in the battle against Cassandra Nova as she manipulated national powers against Homo superior on a global scale.

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Sub-Mariner was led to believe by vanquishing an old foe of their society, they would consider Namor's proposal.

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Sub-Mariner would regain a second wind, telekinetically flinging the Invisible Woman aside while snaring Bucky in a water bubble.

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Bill Everett, in his first Sub-Mariner story, described the character as "an ultra-man of the deep [who] lives on land and in the sea, flies in the air, [and] has the strength of a thousand [surface] men".

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Sub-Mariner is nearly 100 years old, but has the appearance of a male in his prime.

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Sub-Mariner's enhanced senses enable him to see in the deepest ocean depths, hear when a school of fish turn a corner from a world away and even feel when the deepest currents change by the slightest degree.

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Sub-Mariner is able to mentally communicate with most forms of Ichthyoid, Cephalopod, Plankton, Anthozoa, Csnidarian, etc.

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Sub-Mariner had a limited empathic rapport with Namorita, but only as a result of being given one of her "magic earrings" .

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Sub-Mariner was able to flood a prison cell containing Roxxon murderers miles away from the ocean using the penal facility's sewage line.

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Sub-Mariner lost the Phoenix Force in battle with the Scarlet Witch.

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Sub-Mariner summoned the Phoenix Force to regain those powers, but the Phoenix decided to choose its next host in a tournament.

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Sub-Mariner is the captain of the Dorma, an advanced submarine while taking the guise of a fishing trawler.

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Sub-Mariner traveled with Stark, James Rhodes, and Pepper Potts on the submersible, the "Happy Hogan", in locating Atlantis and finding the valuable Orichalcum.

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Sub-Mariner is freed after Reed Richards sacrifices himself to send both his and Doom's consciousnesses to the Crossroads of Infinity.

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Sub-Mariner is appeased when he demands, and receives, a meaningful kiss from Sue Storm.

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Sub-Mariner has vast super strength, durability, high-speed swimming ability, flight, and water manipulation.

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Sub-Mariner's suggests that this is because he refuses to find a consort himself.

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Development of a film based on Namor the Sub-Mariner began at Marvel Studios in April 1997, when Philip Kaufman was negotiating to direct the film, entitled Namor: Sub-Mariner.

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In September 2006, Universal and Marvel Studios hired Jonathan Mostow to write and direct The Sub-Mariner, with the film following Namor discovering he is a prince of Atlantis who is key in a war between the modern surface world and the underwater world.

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Mostow said The Sub-Mariner was still in active development in August 2009 and that they were still working on getting the script right.

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Sub-Mariner explained that Universal kept renewing the option to produce the property.

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