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Subj: Defender of Gaea
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2018 at 04:31:46 am CST (Viewed 128 times)
Reply Subj: What can be done with Namor to bring him back to the top ten of Marvel characters
Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2018 at 02:28:06 pm CST (Viewed 129 times)

    During the silver age, he was most known as Marvel's big anti-hero. But we've had so many anti-heroes since then, it's become irrelevant.

Actually, I think that it is possible to refresh the character by going back to his roots.

Since the Golden Age, Namor has been defined as the Defender of Atlantis, even if it means that he has to fight against other superheroes.

That's what makes him unique among other Marvel characters.

In comics, Atlantis has been recurringly the victim of environmental issues and nuclear tests.

Namor can also be associated with the Sky/Sea/Land trope, or in other words, Mother Nature.
His parents were a man from the land and a woman from the sea and he can fly.

His true nature is confusing : he is an hybrid but also a mutant and perhaps also a genetic descendant of Poseidon/Neptune (or even Hermes/Mercury ? it would explain the small wings ...).

With all that in mind, I would make Namor the Defender of Gaea (in a way, it already happened, see below), just like one of his main antagonists, Llyra is a worshipper of Set.

I would go back to the core of the character. He is ready to attack superheroes or supervillains as long as he protects the Oceans, the Skies & Earth from environmental issues. He will kill people if it is necessary.

I think that he will always be an anti-hero but not like Deadpool or Punisher ...

Also, I think that he could be, at the same time, Human, Homo Mermamus, Mutant ... and a supernatural mythological demigod linked to the Olympian Gods and the mystical power of Pre-Cataclysmic Atlantis.

Perhaps, he may even represent the fusion of all Gaea's offsprings on Earth (Humans, Mutants, Homo Mermamus, Faeries, Inhumans ...).

I would make him a man with his own agenda who only works with others for his own objectives.

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