Aquaman officially swam into theaters this weekend, and it had quite a lot of lore behind its magical MacGuffin.
Spoilers for Aquaman below!
The film sees Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) and Mera (Amber Heard) trying to save both the land and the sea, and act that would involve essentially usurping Orm (Patrick Wilson) and gaining control of the Seven Kingdoms. To do that, the pair needed to find the lost trident of Atlan, which had been presumed lost for many years.
So, why exactly was the trident so important? Well, there are a couple of different reasons.
As Vulko (Willem Dafoe) reveals in the film, tridents are a weapon primarily used by royalty and are largely passed down from parents to children. This explains why Arthur uses
Atlan's trident had a whole other bit of lore to it, as it was forged by metal from Poseidon and was granted the ability to unite the Seven Seas. When Atlan died, the trident was locked away with him in a tomb guarded by the
In a way, the significance of the trident went beyond just its physical abilities and proved to be a sort of symbol for Arthur's emotional journey in the DC Extended Universe thus far. In Justice League, Arthur essentially hadn't reconciled with the human or Atlantean parts of himself, feeling that both had essentially shunned him after
Arthur goes through a similar sort of conflict within Aquaman, which ultimately leads to him realizing that he is uniquely positioned to (and wants to) help both the Earth and the seas. That sense of humanity becomes significant with the
Aquaman is in theaters now. Upcoming DC films include Shazam on April 5, 2019, Joker on October 10, 2019, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020.