We only just learned that Marvel Studios has the rights to Namor the Submariner, and already actors are throwing their proverbial swim trunks into the ring to play him.
The first one to make his interest known -- and one of those most called-for by fans -- is actor Brian Tee, who can be seen this weekend as Shredder, one of several villains in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. Tee, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, was asked if he had a dream role. He first noted that "very few and far between, Asian-Americans and people of color are given these opportunities to be leads in films," saying that even if it's not him, "I would love to see more of that. The time has come for us to allow those situations to happen." When pressed, though, he did come up with one: Namor.
And of course, fan art ninja BossLogic got right on that one, and you can see the result below.
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"This is what: Just saying, Marvel Studios just picked up the rights to Namor, who is the Submariner, and I would love to play the Submariner," Tee said. "I grew up as a comic geek and the Submariner is one of my childhood's fondest superheroes. I feel like I can play him! If there is one role, right now, that I would love to play, it would be Namor."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is in theaters now. Read our full review here.
Sadly, there's no clear indication when or if Namor the Sub-Mariner will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But, hey! At least now we know that he CAN, right?