After the events of Avengers vs X-Men, Namor has joined the Marvel NOW! relaunch team of the New Avengers under writer Jonathan Hickman.
Namor's Parents and Birth
Captain Leonard McKenzie was on an expedition in 1920 to Antarctica, looking for the mystical Helmet of Power. His ship, The Oracle, was stuck in ice floes so McKenzie used explosive charges to break them up. Unknown to McKenzie, the ancient city of Atlantis was directly below. The city was severely damaged and the Atlantean ruler, Emperor Tha-Korr, commanded his daughter to send warriors to investigate the source of the deadly blasts. Not wanting to endanger anyone else, Princess Fen made the journey alone. On reaching the ship, Fen was immediately captured by one of the crew but not speaking each other’s languages, she was unable to communicate with anyone. Nonetheless having remained on board for a number of days, Princess Fen and Captain McKenzie fell in love and were married by the ship’s Chaplain. Weeks later Tha-korr sent a war party in search of his missing daughter. Thinking they held Fen captive, the Atlanteans attacked and killed all the humans on the ship including Leonard McKenzie. Fen was brought back to Atlantis and from that tragic marriage was born the first hybrid between a human and an Atlantean- Prince Namor, the Sub-Mariner.
"Namor was I born, “Avenging Son”. Spawn of two worlds… yet fated to belong fully to none." – Namor (Saga of the Sub-Mariner)"
Namor grew up with hatred for the surface world. He met Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch when he finally visited the surface world. But when Nazis attacked Atlantis, he joined Captain America against them. Namor was also allied with his cousin Namora who was also half human half Atlantean and shared many of the same powers. One fateful day after the war, a series of earthquakes rocked Atlantis, nearly destroying it. Thus destined to repeat his mother’s feat, Namor is ordered by his grandfather Emperor Tha-Korr to investigate. Namor tracked down the source of the attack to a cave in Antarctica where he found a man called Destiny who told him he is the one who attacked Atlantis with his Helmet of Power. Destiny used his mental powers to hold the Sub-Mariner still and show him Atlantis crumbling and his mother and grandfather crushed to death beneath the debris. Destiny then used his mental powers to give Namor amnesia and send him away to New York, where he wandered around as a hobo for a number of years. During this absence, Namora was thought to have been killed.
Eventually Johnny Storm of The Fantastic Four found Namor in a homeless shelter and recognising him, dropped him in New York harbour deciding water may cure the Atlanteans amnesia. Namor instantly recovered most of his memory and returned to where Atlantis had stood before his absence. However finding it abandoned and in ruins, assumed humans had destroyed it and went about warring with the surface world. He awakened the giant whale like monster Giganto and unleashed it on New York City. Namor also tried to claim the Invisible Woman as his own despite her relationship with Mister Fantastic. Namor and Giganto were both defeated by the Fantastic Four and he eventually found the new Atlantis, becoming monarch of the sub-sea empire. However Namor is constantly drawn back into surface world affairs and often finds himself battling both Earth’s super heroes and villains.
Namor was created by Bill Everett in April 1939 for Lloyd Jacquet's Motion Picture Funnies Weekly, a promotional pamphlet that was given out for free at movie theaters. Six months later Everett expanded the eight page black and white story into a twelve page color story for Martin Goodman's Marvel Comics #1 (October 1939). Talking about his creative process, Bill Everett explained "I suppose I have always liked water. If anything started it, I suppose it was when I got interested in Admiral Byrd's expedition to the South Pole. I read a lot about that. The more I read, the more intrigued I became, so when the opportunity to create a character I naturally thought of water. Jack London's adventures at sea were influential too, I use to read a lot of sea stories." That character was Namor.
Namor (or the Sub-Mariner as he was then known) debuted in the Golden Age of Comics and was the original anti-hero of comics. Interestingly, Namor was the first super-hero who was able to fly. His meeting and subsequent battle with the original Human Torch (the android called Jim Hammond) in Marvel Mystery Comics #8 (June 1940), made comic history as it was the first superhero meeting and team-up in comics history and it established for the first time the concept of a shared fictional universe inhabited by many various superheroes in comics.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought Namor into the Silver Age in Fantastic Four #4 (May 1962) and thus appropriated Timely's Golden Age continuity. They also introduced the concept that the Sub-Mariner's more outrageous Golden Age exploits were simply tales from comic books. Stan Lee made the character more formal, with the same pseudo-Shakespearean speech and mannerism he would give to Thor. He also coined the phrase "Imperius Rex!” - meaning of royal command - and depicted Namor's undersea city as being the mythical city of Atlantis. Lee’s stories for Namor took a decided fantasy turn. After appearing as a protagonist in both Fantastic Four and The Avengers, Namor slowly turned into more of an antihero than an outright villain. He eventually appeared in his own on going feature stories alongside The Hulk in Tales To Astonish. The popularity of the series ultimately led to both antiheroes being given their own ongoing monthly titles and the acclaimed first issue of Sub-Mariner was released in May 1968.
Namor's first wife, Lady Dorma was murdered and he abdicated.
Namor joined the Avengers, for a brief period the Fantastic Four and later the X-Men.
Major Story Arcs
Namor teamed up with another Fantastic Four enemy, Doctor Doom. Together they planned to launch the Baxter Building into the Sun and kill the team. But Namor was betrayed by Doom and once he realized this, he helped his enemies to avoid their fate. Namor's next approach to destroy the Four was to use their monetary problems against them. Amassing a fortune from the bottom of the sea, Namor offered them one million dollars to film a Fantastic Four movie with him as director. But the stages were not for actors, Namor planned various scenes that would result in the death of the members. They overcame their challenges and Namor leaves defeated, telling them to make the film anyway.
Namor however not only acted as an enemy to the Fantastic Four but also to the Mighty Avengers as well. When then teammate The Hulk abandoned the team and turned against his fellow Avengers Namor joined him in battle. Namor later accidentally freed his former ally Captain America after finding him trapped in ice and then throwing him into the ocean causing it to melt leading Rogers to join the Avengers.
Namor then began the search for his people, planning to reunite with them and take his rightful place as their leader and the leader of the planet. This was stalled when the Puppet Master gained control over him, using him to get his revenge on the Fantastic Four. After luring in the Invisible Woman, who had been secretly searching for him, Namor dared the rest of the team to come to his undersea lair and battle him. With the use of strange ocean creatures he nearly succeeded. When the giant octopus Namor used to attack the Invisible Woman was thrown out of the lair it attacked the Puppet Master in his submarine. Busy with the threat, his control over Namor slipped away. Namor had no memory of the incident and began his search for his people once more.
After eventually finding his people and regaining his throne, Namor was soon overthrown by the traitorous Warlord Krang. In order to win back his thrown Namor had to undertake a perilous quest to find the fabled Trident of Neptune and prove himself worthy as the true ruler of Atlantis. On completing his quest and returning to Atlantis Namor thought he had been betrayed by his beloved Lady Dorma when in fact Droma was tricked by Krang to escape with him in exchange for her Prince's safety. The Sub-Mariner eventually rescued Dorma after chasing Krang to New York, on the way once again falling victim to the mind control of the Puppet Master and battling with Iron Man. After rescuing Dorma, Namor faced many further challenges to his rule from enemies such as his cousin Byrrah and the barbarian Attuma, who successfully managed to enslave Atlantis while Namor was away in Antarctica battling Destiny.
The Man Called Destiny
While trying to piece together the missing fragments of his memory, Namor would face one of his greatest foes. Destiny, wearer of the Helmet of Power and the murderer of Namor's mother and grandfather, would draw Namor to him using his mental powers, While facing his foe, Namor would learn about his past and finally fully regain his memory. However Destiny defeated Namor and left him for dead in an Antarctic cavern, leaving to carry out his plan for world domination by running for President of the United States and hypnotising the public during his election campaign. But Namor would eventually catch up with Destiny who, thinking himself more powerful then the helmet of power, threw the headpiece away and stepped off a rooftop. Unable to levitate without the helmet, the mad villain essentially committed suicide.
The Spell of The Serpent
After Destiny’s death, Namor took the Helmet of Power to Atlantis for safe keeping and ordered it to be placed in the Hall of Science for research. One night the helmet gave off an eerie glow and its outer casing shattered to reveal the Serpent Crown. When Namor left Atlantis to help cure Tiger Shark, Dorma convinces Ikthon to show her the Helmet of Power and as they gaze at its changed form, they were hypnotised. On Namor’s return he was shot by a guard who told him the new ruler of Atlantis was Naga, the Serpent of Life and Death. The Sub-Mariner was captured and placed on a sacrificial altar by order of the Priestess of Naga who was none other than Dorma. Realising all his subjects were under the Serpent's spell, Namor broke free of his chains and snatched the crown from Dorma. He then left Atlantis to figure out what powers the Serpent Crown contained.
While attempting to discover the Serpent Crown’s secrets, the Sub-Mariner encountered Karthon the Quester who was on a mission to reclaim the crown for his master Naga. Namor defeated Karthon who told him the crown was stolen centuries ago from Naga by a rebel group of Lemurians that came to be known as The Ancients. It was the Ancients who hid the Serpent Crown inside the Helmet of Power to stop it from falling into the wrong hands. A sudden attack by Captain Barracuda allowed Karthon to escape with the crown and head to Lemuria. Namor followed and came face to face with the maniacal Naga who on receiving the Serpent Crown killed a number of his own people to show Namor his power. Namor was then forced to participate in the deadly Tournament of Doom where he had to fight to the death against a number of opponents, eventually defeating them all. After his victoy the Sub-Mariner turned to face Naga but the overlord killed Karthon’s sister Llyna in a fit of madness. In vengeance Karthon slayed Naga from behind and the Lemurians chose the man who freed them from Naga’s tyranny as their new leader.
Despite his long time hostility to the surface Namor was convinced into helping Doctor Strange in a battle against forces known as the Undying Ones. Soon the duo became a trio after being joined by the Hulk. The trio soon became known as The Defenders. However the team had no real alliance and often didn't even like each other but various threats kept causing them to ban together. They soon began to take on new members such as the Silver Surfer. Soon other heroes Nighthawk, Hellcat and Valkyrie joined and others aided but where often called Defenders or later more precisely "Defenders for a day."
Namor worked with the team when they fought against demons from various Hells who attempted to merge them into one and even against his enemies and allies the Avengers when both teams where tricked by Loki and Dormammu. Yet he along with the main four members would soon finally depart the team as they always intended.
Once again becoming ruler of Atlantis and the Atlanteans also fighting against those who wished to harm his city of his reign such as Attuma who for years wanted to rule Atlantis even turning Lady Dorma against him for a short time. It was around this time that Tiger Shark appeared, a swimmer whose DNA was mixed with that of Namor's and a tiger shark. He would go on to trouble Namor for years to come. Namor finally married his great love and cousin Dorma or so he believed. It soon came to light that he had truly wed Llyra. Llyra was like Namor a human merman hybrid but ruled over Lemuria and its people. After discovering the truth, Namor searched for Dorma and discovered that Llyra had taken her to the surface. He hoped to free her from Llyra but she exposed Dorma to the surface by breaking her tank causing her death.
After many years Namor was finally able to reunite himself with his father, however Llyra soon captured his father and along with Tiger Shark attempted to finish off Namor. In the end Tiger Shark killed Leonard as the villains made their escape from battle. Namor at a time also caused his people to become dormant by accidentally releasing a type of nerve gas that also damaged his ability to breathe air. Using a suit made by Reed Richard he was able to continue his adventures on land and only after teaming with Doctor Doom to defeat the Red Skull did Doom revive the Atlanteans and give the Sub-Mariner his powers back. Namor would also finally meet Namorita and allowed her to be cared for by Betty Prentiss. He was often known for being over protective of her despite her own career as an adventurer and even later member of the New Warriors.
After the death of his wife. Namor for a time thought of a romance with his teammate Valkryie but his feelings for Dorma made this impossible. Despite this Namor once again found love in the form of Marrina. Marrina was alien member of the Plodex species. Arriving on earth and growing into adulthood, she became part of the Canadian super hero team Alpha Flight. Marrina was troubled with the discovery of her true savage alien form but she was able to become normal once again. She left her teammates at Alpha Flight to be with Namor even creating the new undersea kingdom of Deluvia. The Sub-Mariner even joined his long time ally Captain America in joining the Avengers with his wife. The alliance was pivotal in freeing Marrina from the clutches of Attuma. However their happiness soon came to an end when Marrina became aware of her pregnancy and her savage form the Leviathan was released. Namor had no choice but to euthanize his love with the Ebony Blade.
Atlantis Attacks and Death
The forces of the sea dwelling peoples soon joined forces against the surface. Led by Attuma, Llyra and Ghaur they made attacks against humans. Attempts at resurrecting the evil god Set were made using the Serpent Crown. Nearly all superheroes became involved in protecting the surface from the Atlanteans, Set and his followers. In the beginning it seemed as though the Sub-Mariner had fallen in battle. This was later revealed to be false when Namor, The Avengers, and the Fantastic Four fought against Set's forces but for a time he allowed the world to believe he had indeed been slain.
Namor soon discovered the truth of why he would often act violent and uncontrolled. Carrier and Caleb Alexander explained to him his body required him to spend equal amounts of time in both the sea and above it. To allow him to counteract his anger issues he was given a monitoring device. He soon went on to establish Oracle Inc. dedicated to providing safety to sea life. Namor soon suffered the loss of his wings in a battle with a filth being called Sluji. Later his mother Fen seemed to return but this later only proved to be a trick by Artys Gran and her husband Suma-Ket. Namor was killed by Suma-Ket but the great sea god Neptune gave him back his life and his wings again. With help from allies Namor defeated the evil couple and regained his city and company.
The Sub-Mariner made another attempt at winning the love of Sue Storm Richards after Reed Richards vanished. Namor filled his spot on the team. His attempts at making the Invisible Woman love him failed as Llyra impersonated her and tricked Namor into another relationship even giving birth to a child Namor for a time thought was his own. The evil witch Morgan Le Fey brought a terrible danger to the city of Atlantis when she raised it to the surface, killing the majority of its people and Namor took his leave of the Fantastic Four.
Onslaught and the Defenders revived
Namor was one of the heroes to stand against the evil mutant Onslaught and who was thought dead but was saved by Franklin Richards and lived in a pocket dimension for a short while. Later after his return Namor joined the four core members of the Defenders once again but not as they had done in the past. Doctor Strange's long time rival Yandroth had cursed the group. It caused them to unwilling respond the grand threats and soon twisted them into wanting to rule the world as The Order. The Order was soon opposed by many heroes including the Avengers and their fellow Defenders. Namor's cousin Namorita even took up arms against the cursed Namor till the Defenders freed the Order from the curse.
Namor was one of the Iluminati, a group of leaders and influential people, brought together by Tony Stark. Namor, Charles Xavier, Black Bolt, Iron Man, Dr Strange and Reed Richards comprise the group, with Black Panther invited as well, but he declined. While he agreed with T'challa's concerns about the Illuminati, Namor decided he could better safeguard Atlantean interests if he accepted Tony Stark's offer to join. But he insisted the Illuminati be a secret organization, and they would meet and exchange important information to prevent planet wide catastrophes.
Perhaps because they were both rulers, Namor's closest ally among the Illuminati was Black Bolt. When dealing with the mutant Inhuman Beyonder, Namor spoke for the Inhuman king. Otherwise, Namor was often the dissenting voice in the group, usually bluntly pointing out truths the other members wished to avoid. He was against Tony Stark's proposal to support the Super-Human Registration Act, as well as the plan to shoot the Hulk into space. Namor delivered the killing stroke to the SkrullBolt when it revealed itself to the Illuminati. He was given the orange Time Gem to hide and keep safe, after the Illuminati recovered the Infinity Gems at the insistence of Reed Richards.
His only care in Civil War is the murder of the Atlantean Princess Namorita, who was killed by Nitro in the Stamford explosion while she was trying to stop him. Namor ordered the capture of Nitro, at first in battle with Wolverine because he felt guilty and promised to stop Nitro. But soon the two saw eye to eye and with the help of Wolverine, Nitro became an "honorary guest" in an Atlantean prison. During the final battle of the Civil War, Namor helped Captain America by leading an attack with several Atlantean warriors because of his opposition to the Super-Human Registration Act.
World War Hulk
Prior to the events of the World War Hulk, Namor is the only one who opposed the idea of exiling the Hulk for reasons that he will just come back even angrier than before. It seemed as Namor made the right choice in doing so, but his prediction came true. The Hulk did return and took revenge on the members of the Illuminati, only Namor was left alone by The Hulk because he opposed to the idea of sending him away. His cousin Namora who had since been revealed as alive and well joined the forces allied with the Hulk.
Sub-Mariner Revolution starts with a large explosion which wipes out entire city of Stamford in Kansas. Iron Man and S.H.I.E.L.D. immediately go to the location to find out what happened. Not long after they find a corpse nearby of a normal human man, however gills had been carved into his neck and traces of Atlantean DNA had been found. All blame pointed to the Atlanteans. In the meantime some of the Atlanteans question Namor's allegiance because of his continuous affairs with the world above the sea. Iron Man decided to contact Namor about the attack, but Namor had no knowledge about it and told Iron Man to stay out of it and that he would find the perpetrators himself. Of course Iron Man did not agree, after much deliberation Iron Man decided to send a military force to Atlantis until the situation was resolved. But Namor needed to go to the surface to find out what happened for himself, after giving command to his trusty general Argos Namor took off on his own. He managed to break through the lines after a short struggle with Iron Man and visited the blast site himself and there he found an Atlantean artifact.
He decided he needed help and went to the X-mansion to get it. He briefly fought with Wolverine, who thought Namor was a terrorist. But they were quickly interrupted by Professor X. He helped Namor locate the splinter cells in America, 12 of which Namor had sent, and one he knew nothing of. Namor asked Professor X to pin point their location, but appalled at foreign spies on American soil, Xavier decided not to help Namor further, and sent him away. As he left the mansion two sentinels ambushed Namor, but he quickly disposed of them, without taking any damage. In the meantime some Atlanteans in Atlantis were plotting to take over when Namor was away. But Namor's trusty general held the city for Namor's return. Venom had received orders to engage Namor. As Namor flew by he was shot in the back by a weapon and got into a fight with him.
It ended with Namor winning, but not without cost. Venom had ripped off two ankle wings, so now he had difficulty flying. He went to Sue Richards (Invisible Woman) for help. When she came to him for the Civil War, Namor answered. Now it was time for her to do the same thing for him, yet she refused which led Namor to believe he had no more allies on the surface world. However, she did give him the Fantasticar to help him in his travel.
In the meantime the rogue splinter cell had set up a sort of bomb in a building in Seattle which caused the building depleted the air inside, suffocating the humans inside. Namor raced towards it in an attempt to stop it, and for the first time he met the rogue splinter cell. In the meantime the coup in Atlantis was in full progress. But Argos, Namor's general, had found out about it and met them in battle. Namor had already engaged in battle with the splinter cell and found out one of them was his son, Kamar, who was out for revenge. Namor tried to explain to him that he banished him for his own safety, but he wouldn’t listen. After Namor had defeated the splinter cell he took them down to Atlantis and was just in time to stop the coup there and show who was responsible, his son Kamar. He had also found out that one of the Atlanteans from the splinter cell had siphoned Nitro’s power, the man who killed Namorita in the Civil War. His city had been compromised and he had enough of the involvement with the humans, he decided to evacuate the city through old tunnels running through the ground, the civilians would live amongst the humans, not in one city anymore.
And his army would go with him to a remote location. He made the preparations for the destruction of Atlantis, he would use Nitro (whom was still in his jail) to blow up the entire city like a time bomb and chain his son to the crown to die with the Nitro and the city as punishment for his betrayal. The city was evacuated and then blown up and completely destroyed only leaving some wreckage behind, the dead skeleton was still on his thrown. At first Iron Man believed this to be Namor but after further research it appeared to be his son. No other bodies were found in the destroyed city and they could only guess where they had gone to as they found the large tunnels. Atlantis was no more. But Namor and his army found refuge in Latveria. Dr. Doom's country. With him he would join the Cabal.
After the events of the destruction of Atlantis it became clear that Namor had joined the Cabal. Their intentions were clear, to rule the world with each member having their own motives, Namor's being the world under the sea. The team consisted out of six members, Namor, Emma Frost, Dr. Doom, The Hood, Norman Osbourne and Loki. It has recently been shown that Namor had a relationship with Emma Frost.
Namor joined the Dark X-Men at Frost's request. However, this was a ploy in order to free all of the mutants that Osborn & his Dark Avengers had arrested. At the same time, Cyclops put into action his plan to relocate the X-Men to Utopia, an island floating in San Francisco Bay. After turning the tables on Osborn, Namor made good on his promised alliance with the mutants and helped them set up Utopia, as well as fought alongside the X-Men against the Dark Avengers. Osborn sent a monster Plodex, who in her humanoid state had been Namor's wife Marrina, to kill anything Atlantean. With the help of the X-Men, Namor was able to destroy her. He formed a partnership with Magneto, working towards an Atlantean/Mutant joint haven. New Atlantis is currently being constructed beneath the island, around a support column that keeps the island afloat.
X-Men and Second Coming
Hope Summers and Cable are finally detected back in the present timeline and Cyclops dispatches a number of X-Men to go find her but orders that Namor be left behind with Rogue to protect Utopia. However he does so by telling him that he is the most powerful one and that only he can protect them. Soon the X-Men, Cable and Hope come back just in time for Bastion to attack all of San Francisco, trapping it in a giant red sphere.
Inside the red sphere, on the Golden Gate Bridge, a smaller silver sphere appears. Several Nimrod like Sentinels erupt from the silver sphere and attack the X-Men. Once they are defeated, Dr. Hank McCoy asks Namor to 'stick his hand' into the sphere to gather information. For some reason, Namor does this, and is hurled away by an energy blast. Beast noted that had it been anyone else they no doubt would have been killed by the force. Namor's efforts became more and more pivotal as he was one of the few mutants able to hold back the sheer number of Nimrods.
Curse of the Mutants and Rebuilding Atlantis
Namor's efforts at rebuilding his kingdom and reuniting his people suffered a setback when he agreed to help the vampire besieged X-Men. The Aqueos, the Atlantean sect of vampires, had taken the head of Dracula and hid it in the ocean depths. Namor discovered the whereabouts of the Aqueos, fought their leader, the Highlord, and retrieved Dracula's head. This conflict broke the Shallow Peace that had existed between the two water breathing groups, and instigated an Aqueos attack on New Atlantis. After fending off the Aqueos, Namor consulted his Royal Logomancer who provided him with part of a spell to end the Aqueos forever, if the Prince was willing to pay the cost. Namor, the Tridents, and what Atlantean troops he can muster return to the hidden city of the Aqueos. Abira and Namor find the Tomb, where the oldest of the Aqueos rest, and the last part of the spell is hidden. Before Namor can complete the ritual, the Highlord arrived and revealed his Atlantean identity. Outside, the Atlanteans battled the Aqueos to buy their Prince time, and are aided by the arrival of the Royal Logomancer and Loa, who have discovered a way to weaken the Aqueos -- and Loa learned she could breathe underwater. After a struggle, and with Abira's help, Namor defeated the Highlord and completed the spell. Most of the Aqueos are destroyed, and Namor restores the Shallow Peace with the few that remain.
Loa's ability to breath underwater comes from a locket she inherited from her grandmother, Alice Ryan -- Betty Dean's roommate during WWII. The locket is ancient Altantean and is turning Loa into a water breather. While the Logomancer and Dr. Nemesis are investigating this, apparitions of the old Kings of Atlantis appear from the locket and drag Namor to his own hell. Doctor Doom unexpectedly shows up and transports himself, Abira, and Loa to Namor's hell. They find Namor trapped by the responsibilities of ruling, and make him angry enough to escape his self imposed prison. Doom abandons the trio at exit from hell, as the old Kings of Atlantis mount a final attack. While appearing catatonic, Abira is actually talking to an old Queen of Atlantis, who gives her the insight and power to help Namor. When Namor accepts Abira and Loa's help, they find the way out of hell. Back at New Atlantis, they are greeted by an angry Cyclops and Warlord Krang's coup attempt. Namor and Abira start a relationship.
Selach undermines Krang's challenge by killing the Royal Logomancer, forcing Krang and Namor into an alliance to save Atlantis. Abira choses to end her relationship with Namor by becoming his Royal Logomancer.
Namor is a member of Cyclops' Extinction team and was called forth to deal with the Dreaming Celestial who Mr. Sinister has taken control of. When a ceasefire was ordered, the team went to Sinister's palace where he took control of the team telepathically, save for Emma who was in diamond form. Due to a pre-programmed word, Emma set Hope free by making her transform into diamond form where Hope took off. Finding a vantage point, Hope shot Sinister through the head which freed Namor and the team,but Sinister predicted this and the team learns his copies are a giant hive mind. Namor continues to fight the Sinister species. He held Emma's arm when she released her diamond form as a tourniquet so she could telepathically assault the hive-mind. He was there with the team when they stared down the Celestials.
With a mysterious new habitat known called the Tabula Rasa appearing, Namor is deployed along with the extinction team where are split apart in pairs. Namor goes with Hope where they explore the aquatic portion of the habitat where the two are confronted by a monstrous creature. Namor and Hope fight off the creatures but Namor comes to explain that the creatures think Namor and Hope are enemies, which Namor wishes to change. Namor and Hope enter the Queen's chambers of the sea creatures where Namor appeases to the Queen establishing a friendship with their species, hoping for an alliance somewhere along in the future. He talks with Hope and tells her she is invited to Atlantis anytime she wants.
Namor has a talk with Emma while she is training about how losing her arm could have been shocking to such a beautiful woman. She leaves him but thanks him for being concerned. He was deployed with the Extinction team and helped them defeat some Peak prison escapees. They leave the Avengers to go fight Unit who has Hope. Unit hits Emma Frost and Namor with a pheromone blast causing them to become intimate with each other on the battlefield. After Unit's defeat, the team heads home.
Namor fights with the Thing and Luke Cage and again in Tabula Rasa. Namor knocks out Cage and batters She-Hulk with him. He faces off against the Thing with what appears to be a stalemate until the Savage arrives and interrupts what he thinks is a mating ritual. Magik arrives and gets Namor out of there where the X-Men figure out Hope is heading towards the moon. After Iron Man, using a special suit, dispersed the Phoenix Force into five pieces. Namor along with Emma, Cyclops, Magik and Colossus are now each imbued a shards and become the Phoenix Five. They remake the world into a better place, but are still attacked by the Avengers, which prompts the Phoenix Five to hunt them down.
Emma meets with Namor who is disgusted at Cyclops leadership and that Transonic is imprisoned. Emma tells him she is in Wakanda but Scott doesn't know.
Namor invades Wakanda declaring war. Atlanteans invade the city and Namor assaults the Avengers. He gives them all they can handle and just doesn't seem stoppable. The Avengers call out Wanda who exchanges an energy blast with Namor. The exchange results in both of them being rendered unconscious. The rest of the Phoenix Five show up and in Namor's defeat his portion of the Phoenix Force leaves him and is then spread amongst the remaining avatars. After his defeat Namor slips away and his current whereabouts are unknown.
When Black Panther calls for the Illuminati to come to Wakanda in order to stop an attack on the planet, Namor joins the other members and heads his call, with Captain America joining them and Beast taking the place of Charles Xavier. However, Black Panther assures him that when the threat is past, he won't hesitate in killing Namor. The Illuminati decide to form the Infinity Gauntlet in an attempt to divert the threat of the other planet colliding with theirs, but the gauntlet gems shatter. Captain America is removed from the equation of helping the Illuminati as they deem him a hindrance. With the clock counting down on the colliding worlds, the members form their back up plans but the reveal is that each plan will have at least one sacrifice. Beast manages to convince the others that they find the infinity gems of the second world to buy themselves some more time. Namor is excited by all this and is the first to rush off into the alternate world. They land and find Galactus attempting to eat the planet and thus the Illuminati engages in battle with his herald, an alternate reality Terrax the Tamer. The team manages to defeat Terrax and they build an anti-matter injection system meant to destroy the alternate world. The team heads to the incursion point in Latveria where the incursion is actually something much worse. A race of beings called the mapmakers come and try to harvest everything on Earth, but when the Illuminati realize they have no time left, they go to the dead Earth and destroy it.
The Sub-Mariner is one of the strongest mutants in the Marvel Universe being classified as a Class 100 character. When Namor is underwater his strength has been stated to be virtually unmatched. Namor is strong enough to lift hundreds of thousands of tons and hold his own in hand to hand combat with the Hulk, Thor as well as the Blue Marvel. He has superhuman stamina, durability, agility and speed, but his powers slowly decrease as he spends time out of the water. He can survive indefinitely in water or on land, and is able to withstand all pressure and cold in the sea. He has the durability to withstand the pressure of the depths of the ocean, extreme heat temperatures, and sonic attacks.
Although being deprived of water for long periods can make him ill and relatively weak, he once spent several years living as an amnesiac human in the Bowery region of New York after being mind wiped by Paul Destine. He can swim at speeds of over 300 knots. He also has an extended lifespan being over 90 years old, yet physically still in his prime. Namor also has the ability to channel the powers of any aquatic life in the sea. For example, channeling the power of an electric eel and shooting electric bolts from his hands. He has also used radar powers like a blind fish to see Sue Storm whilst she was invisible.
All Atlantean magic flows from Namor, their king. His royal blood also is a magic ingredient that can be used in spells.
Namor's mutant power are the wings on his ankles which appear to allow him to fly and his greater degree of strength. Namor was actually the first comic book character with the power of flight, already flying in his second comic book appearance in Marvel Comics #1, while all other contemporary characters like Captain Marvel, Superman and Wonder Woman only could leap great distances and didn't fly canonically until several months later.
His skin is very resistant to any physical damage, he can resist bullet fire with ease and is fireproof.
When Namor gained possession of the Phoenix Force, he was granted new powers. He gained vast telepathic and telekinetic powers. He gained the ability to manipulate the Phoenix's cosmic energy for a few effects such as setting people on fire or projecting it as energy. He also acquired hydrokinesis, managing to drop a massive tidal wave on Wakanda. On top of these new powers, Namor's original stats were further enhanced. His strength increased to the point he could rip Rulk's arm off by the finger with utter ease. His durability increased substantially to where the Avenger's team couldn't seem to even slow him down despite hitting him with their best shots. Despite this upgrade, Namor did have his weaknesses. The main weakness of the Phoenix Five was the magic of the Scarlet Witch. Namor was only subdued in his fight with the Avengers due to Wanda using her chaos magic against him and when their powers clashed she was rendered unconscious meaning it took most, if not all, she had. The avatars were also shown to be weak against special Shi'ar tech, the energy properties of the Iron Fist and like all the avatars, Namor's mind was corrupted by the Phoenix Force.
Due to Namor's extended lifespan and fighting in many wars and battles, he is a seasoned hand-to-hand combatant and experienced diplomat and a fine king. These skills have earned him the respect of his colleagues, no matter which side he was on, and fear of his enemies. He is also a capable weapons user having wielded his trident, swords and spears efficiently. Namor's preferred method of combat is engaging his opponents in hand-to-hand combat.
Weight: 278 lbs
Namor is the original "hotheaded" character in the Marvel cast of characters. He has been shown to act very impulsively with a short temper. Other times he can be quite civil. Caleb Alexander hypothesized in Namor, the Sub-Mariner that Namor's mood swings might be due to his hybrid nature, and more specifically an oxygen imbalance in his blood, that could be remedied by spending equal time above and below the waves. However, there is evidence to suggest Alexander's theory is not completely sound, and seems to ignore the Namor's upbringing and social status in Atlantis.
Weapons and Equipment
Sacred Trident of Neptune
Horn of Proteus
In most realities, Namor retains his essential traits and abilities. He is usually a mutant hybrid with prodigious strength and ankle wings and often the ruler of Atlantis. Any differences are noted below.
Earth-110 is an alternate future reality where Reed Richards has managed to solve most the world's problems. On this world Namor is opposed to Richards and instead, giving in to his more imperious and aggressive personality traits, sides with the notable villains like Doctor Doom, Magneto, Ultron and the Hulk. This version of Namor is found in"Big Town" #1-4.
In the Age of Apocalypse reality, Namor and the Atlanteans attempted to fight against Apocalypse's mission of world domination. Unfortunately, the underwater inhabitants were easily dealt with and Namor was killed.
The 1602 counterpart of Namor was Numenor, Emperor of Benasylum, the city of the gods. Like pre-Cataclysm Atlantis, Benasylum was an island of magic and advanced sciences, and its people do not breathe water and are not blue, though they do have pointed ears. Unlike Namor, Numeor had no powers, except one. His bloodline allowed him to safely wield the Trident of Poseidon. Numenor could fly with aid of winged sandals.
Count Otto Von Doom, along with the Frightful Four, and the Fantastick Four, crossed the Atlantic to find Benasylum. Seeing Numenor's infatuation with Susan Storm, Doom offered an alliance against Sir Richard Reed and Captain Benjamin Grimm to win the lady for the Emperor. But the allies turned on each other and Doom attempted to wrest the Trident from Numenor, who was wounded with the weapon. This appeared to destroy the magical bonds of Benasylum, and the island sank. Only Rita, Numenor's cousin, and the Fantastick Four survived. 1602: Fantastick Four #4 & #5
Namor was known as Sea Lord and was a member of the Queen's Vengeance.
In this universe Namor grows up on land with his father. This turn of events occurs because Captain McKenzie and Princess Fen know their child on the way, and Princess Fen blocks the attack of the Atlantean rescuers, while the Captain fires at them with his pistol killing them all. Princess Fen and McKenzie move to Honolulu, and live in a subdivision of houses for military support staff. Princess Fen dies in child birth, but not before naming their son Namor and forbidding the captain to allow their son to return to the sea. Later on Namor is goaded by fellow residents to jump into the water with them. Staying defiant Namor tells them he can't swim. He walks home and is introduced to King Thak-kor of Atlantis, his grandfather. He is there to force Namor to choose between continuing his life on land or take his place as prince of Atlantis. He attacks the king, but is interrupted by loud BOOMS in the distance. Namor runs to see Japanese fighter jets bombing Pearl Harbor. Namor and his father are blown into the water, which kills his father. Angered Namor destroys a jet and saves two kids.
Namor is approached by a man in the military who offers him a job in the military. Two years later he is working alongside the Human Torch (Jim Hammond). While on a mission, an explosion separates the two sending the Torch to the ocean's bottom. 30 years later Namor is asked on a mission to investigate a signal from the North Atlantic -- a voice repeating name endlessly. Namor and the Navy investigate and find the lost city of Atlantis. Seeing his grandfather slaving along with what appears to be the entire populace of Atlantis carrying rocks. Namor attacks one of the slave-masters and sees that he is a Nazi and an Atlantean-human hybrid calling themselves the Wasserreich or The Reign of Water. Suddenly an Atlantean uprising occurs that allows Namor to break into their base of operations, where he sees the Torch being used as a giant bomb designed to melt the ice cap and flood the world, which would allow them to rule much easier. Ordered to throw the "dead" Torch into the Nazi crowd. Namor is conflicted. He decides to take the Torch and throws him towards the surface exploding. What If the Sub-Mariner Had Grown Up on Land?
After a battle with Namor, Susan Storm decides to marry Namor. Spider-Man joins the Fantastic Four while Reed obsesses on how to get Susan back, until Susan has a child with Namor. What If? #1
Namor was married to Invisible Woman and a member of Fantastic Five. What If #27
In the 2099 universe, Namor is called Roman. He first appeared in Spider-Man 2099 #43
In the MC2 universe Namor is still active in the future timeline, and still uniting occasionally for battle alongside the Hulk and Doctor Strange as "Defenders". His appearance, while slightly older looking, is unchanged save for a goatee. In Fantastic Five (Vol 2) #1 it was revealed that he had held Doctor Doom captive for over ten years, after the mad monarch destroyed Atlantis. Doom subsequently escaped, and in #4, Namor is seen being tortured by him. He is freed after Reed Richards sacrifices himself to send both his and Doom's consciousnesses to the Crossroads of Infinity.
The Exiles encounter a more ruthless Namor, who is invading Doctor Doom's Latveria. Exiles #14 & 15
In the Mutant X universe, Namor allied with Doctor Doom at the request of Magneto. Mutant X #12
The Fantastic Four were surveying the ruins of Atlantis and found a tomb estimated to be about 9,000 years old containing the hibernating Namor. Ultimate Namor was revealed as an imprisoned Atlantean criminal considered the worst villain of his time. Reed Richards' translation of the Atlantean language revealed Namor's claims of kingship to be false.
Namor demonstrated the ability to withstand full strength flares from Johnny Storm, went toe to toe with Ben Grimm, smashed through force fields created by Sue Storm, and attempted to stretch Reed Richards past the point of breaking. He used hydrokinesis to create a gigantic tidal wave in the shape of Poseidon and threatened to use it to destroy Manhattan rather than lose to the Four. His extreme intelligence allowed him to become fluent in English in a matter of minutes merely by listening to the FF and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents talking. Undefeated, he was appeased with a kiss from Sue Storm while an infuriated Reed Richards looked on, held back by the Thing. He retreated back to the sea.
The Ultimate Namor is a mutant Atlantean with amphibious physiology suited for high water pressure. He has super strength, durability, high speed swimming ability, flight, teleportation and hydrokinesis. If he is a human-hybrid this has not been revealed. Ultimate Fantastic Four
Namor is now a zombie attacking Black Bolt. He was later killed by the Silver Surfer in the initial attack of the Marvel Zombies against the herald.
This Namor is a woman and confusingly named Namora, which is the name of 616-Namor's cousin. This version is also blue skinned. She first appeared in Exiles #46. She was ported in with the rest of the Exiles. Blink introduces everyone to her and tells her what they must do. Namora slaps her hand away asking her is it all right that they were taken from their homes and enslaved? When the Exiles try to figure out what the Tallus wants them to do, Namora starts to walk off. Heather grabs her and tells her she cannot go. She then punches Heather (in her Sasquatch from) and throws her hundreds of yards into the water. She then fights the Exiles and dives in the water saying they will thank her later. She goes to Atlantis and sits on the throne for Namor to see. They have a quick tussle and she tells him she is him from another reality and that his realm is in danger. They go to the Baxter building - Namor hits her and they dump her in a water tank that can hold her.
Namora starts to tell the Fantastic Four and Namor about her reality. She said when she was little she would swim away from Atlantis. When a shark tried to eat her she ripped it in half. That was when she found out she was invulnerable and that she was Atlantis' first and only mutant - until years later when Attuma was born. He thought his powers were given to him by the gods and that they wanted him to become king. He killed the Queen and any others that might replace her. He was then defeated by Namora, but coming too late to save the Queen she was instead made Queen. She was going to start a war on Earth when she saw that the humans were a danger to all life, but was contacted by Charles Xavier asking her to hold off this war. So she did. She made friends with Xavier and the X-Men until Magneto attacked an Air Force carrier. Namora and the X-Men stopped him but the pictures got out. Humans then started enforcing anti-mutant laws where they would have to go to jail. Xavier gave up but Namora didn't. She then started a war on Earth and killed all the super heroes that opposed her. Namora stated that the Fantastic Four were the hardest she had to fight.
Namora tells the Exiles that the Timebroker is telling them he is a figment of their imagination so they won't turn on him. Namora is with the Exiles when they are consumed by a spell on a planet where everyone is in medieval ways until they were cut by Magik's soul sword, which cancels magic. Exiles
In the Mangaverse Namor allied with Baron Strucker to invade the surface world.
In this reality created by Dormammu, Namor is a mostly human William Everett McKenzie. He has no discernible powers and his ears are not pointed. He is the leader of the resistance against Dormammu and, despite the wishes of his Earth-616 counterpart, forges an alliance with Umar and recruits the aid of the Hulk to help defeat Dormammu. McKenzie does all this with the knowledge that winning will erase the Dormammuverse and his own existence. Defenders Indefensible
In this world Namor's father was an African American thus he was a black human / Atlantean hybrid. in this world he married Sue Storm and had five children with her. His first son Remy McKenzie was named in honor of his fallen friend Gambit. New Exiles #2
In this reality, Namor saves Atlantis from Paul Destine. What If? #41
In the Larval Universe, Namor became two animals, a dog named Kay-Mar the Sub-Merchandiser and possibly a wombat named the Sub-Marsupial. The latter is the Golden Age version on Namor.
In the Earth X universe Namor was known as the Cursed One, and half his body is constantly on fire. Earth X
In the Cancerverse, Namor was a member of the Defenders of the Realm. When the Guardians of the Galaxy invaded the Cancerverse with Thanos, the Defenders of the Realm were there to stop them. Namor was "killed" by X, but immediately resurrected in a less human form, just like his fellow team mates. The battle turned, however, when Thanos revived, and as the avatar of Death, killed all the Defenders of the Realm. Thanos Imperative #1 & 2
Marvel Adventures take place in this reality. The Marvel Adventures line replaced the Marvel Age line which replaced the Tsunami line. Namor has faced the Fantastic Four and the Hulk and the Avengers in this universe. Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four#, Marvel Super Heroes #
In the Tsunami line a teen-aged Namor meets a young air breather named Sandra and the two fall in love. Namor #1-12
In the House of M reality, Namor has the same powers and much the same history. He is celebrated as the first mutant and fought as an Invader in WWII. He became ruler of Atlantis and then spent most of his time beneath the waves. Though he supplied money and weapons to Xavier and Magneto early in their fight for mutant rights, Namor has an uneasy relationship with the House of Magnus. He is a member of the Council of Kings, and came to T'challa's aid when Magneto sent Apocalypse to invade Wakanda. He is married to Lady Dorma and they have a son who spoke at a ceremony honoring Steve Rogers. Civil War House of M #3, Captain America #10, Black Panther v4 #7, House of M #6
In the future, the Fantastic Four has practically disbanded after the tragic deaths of Franklin and Valeria. Each of the members follow different paths. Susan Richards pursues archaeological clues to restore her children that lead her to underwater temples and Namor. Fantastic Four: The End
Namor is a member of a Fantastic Four from another reality that consists of the Invisible Woman, Firestar, and Iron Thing. They encounter an alternate universe X-Men team and the Ultimate Fantastic Four team. Ultimate Fantastic Four X-Men Annuals
In this alternate future reality Reed Richards solves the world's problems, but at the cost of his marriage. Susan leaves him for Namor. Fantastic Four #551
While taking a world tour with Jane Foster in his goat chariot, Thor encountered Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner and a giant sea monster. Thor exacerbated their encounter with one brash act after another, until the sea monster is subdued -- but Thor disappeared. Namor and Jane Foster share a campfire and conversation while waiting for him to return. Oddly, Namor has some wise advice for the thunder god. Thor the Mighty Avenger #5
What If Captain America Were Revived Today? In this alternate reality, Namor was knocked out by Thor's Hammer and did not escape the Avengers to throw Captain America's frozen body into the sea. So, Steve Rogers was not revived by the Avengers, but by Doctor Doom. Red Skull ruled the half of the world that Doctor Doom did not. Namor was part of a resistance team called the X-Patriots which consisted of Spider-Man, Namor, Wolverine, Human Torch, and Jean Grey, and they rescued the newly revived Captain America. What If? #67 & 68
Age of X Namor X-Men Legacy #
Deathlok Namor Uncanny X-Force #
Namor Noir Iron Man Noir #2
New Mutants Namor New Mutants #
X-Treme X-Men Namor X-Treme X-Men #1-3
A live action Sub-Mariner movie has been in development since 2002 with Universal. David Self wrote a screenplay and Chris Columbus was attached to direct. Jonathan Mostow was named director in 2006, and claimed it was still a live project in 2009. Kevin Feige stated in a 2010 interview with Collider that Universal did not have any of the Marvel characters, which would mean that a Namor movie would be made by Marvel Studios. Currently, IMDB has a Sub-Mariner movie listed in development with a 2014 release date.
- Marvel Superheroes: The Sub-Mariner (1966) - voiced by John Veron
- Marvel Superheroes: Spider Man
- Spider Man and His Amazing Friends
- Marvel Action Hour: Fantastic Four (1994) - voiced by James Warwick
- The Avengers: United They Stand - voiced by Raoul Trujillo
- Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes (2006) - voiced by Michael Adamthwaite
- Superhero Squad
- 1991 Spider-Man Sega arcade game - playable character.
- 1991 Captain America and the Avengers Data East arcade game - cameo.
- 1997 Fantastic Four Acclaim video game for PlayStation - super-villain boss (with Attuma) at Level Four.
- 2000 Spider-Man Activision video game for PlayStation, Dreamcast, and Nintendo 64 - cameo in the underwater Carnage battle.
- 2004 Marvel Trading Card Game Konami video game for PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and PC - based on the Upper Deck VS. card game.
- 2006 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance video game for Xbox, Xbox 360, PC, PlayStation2 and PlayStation Portable - NPC