Brian Tee Says He Wants To Play Namor

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Namor the Sub-Mariner is a character that many fans have always wanted to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point, but that wasn’t actually possible until quite recently due to the fact that the rights to him didn’t belong to Marvel Studios. However, now that he’s finally back at the studio an actor has already expressed his interest in playing him and he’s someone that would be a great fit for the role.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows star Brian Tee revealed that he’s a huge fan of the character and he’d love to get to play him in the future after talking about how there should be more possible roles for Asian-Americans and people of color in the film industry:

“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. 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.”

The actor has played plenty of villains in the past, so seeing as Namor is often depicted as an anti-hero, he’d definitely be a great choice to bring the character to life. What do you guys think? Would you like to see Tee as the Sub-Mariner or would you prefer someone else? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below and be sure to check out our list of 10 actors who could play the character for Marvel Studios.

Source: Entertainment Tonight

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • Victor Thomas

    No thank you, this dude doesn’t know how to act. If they want to cast an asian actor there’s tons that are actually good actors.

    • AJayL

      Really? I’m not that familiar with his work. I’ve only seen him in The Wolverine. He was fine in that but that doesn’t say much. I was thinking maybe Rick Yune or maybe Daniel Henney.

  • Marquis de Sade

    Hey, more power to him if he can get an audition and nail the role.

  • Peter James

    If Marvel ever do this movie, it’ll probably be the Netflix route – which I have no problem with, since Netflix affords them more freedom to be darker and more grounded.
    Which is also why it would work for a Blade movie as well.

    • AJayL

      Nah. Budget. If anyone does Namor they’ll introduce him in someone else’s movie. Then maybe give him his own movie.
      I’d love to see Blade or Moon Knight on Netflix though.

  • SAMURAI36

    Do we actually know that Namor is back with Marvel? That original “announcement” sounds sketchy at best.

    • Steve Steve

      For sure. Quesada isn’t involved with the movies and he specifically mentioned Sony and Fox, but not Universal (who actually had/has his rights). I don’t think he is back, but I would guess his deal is similar to Hulk, where Universal controls solo rights, but not crossover rights.

    • Worldmind

      Not sketchy at all. Quesada isn’t in the position he is in without knowing the state of Marvel IP, or knowing which questions to answer and when to give no comment. As far as I know Universal studios haven’t come out with a contradictory statement, which tells me it’s nothing to do with them anymore.

      • SAMURAI36

        I think you are overestimating Joe Q’s purview. Ever since the internal “Civil War” at Marvel, he’s been regulated to less and less.

        For instance, with AoShit (which he has total control over), the word is, they weren’t able to write the events of Silly War into the AoShit narrative, until the last minute. That was apparently because many of the Marvel TV folks only found out about the story close to the same time the rest of the world did–in the theaters.

        All that to say, I really don’t think he has a clue, hence his “I don’t wanna speak for the film side” preface. He knew he was speaking out of turn, as Joe Q is so infamous for doing. He’s not the guy you want announcing anything for your product. Besides, I really don’t think “Fatman on Batman” is really the place you want such pivotal news to be announced, do you?

        And, just because Universal hasn’t come out to refute it, isn’t an indicator of anything on their end. Perhaps the news hasn’t gotten to them, who knows.

        As much as I am loathe to say this, until it comes from the mouth of Feige himself, I’ve got buckets of salt that I’d take more seriously than this.

        • Jake Bucsko

          Ha! You referenced the film Civil War, but you’ve replaced the word “Civil” with “Silly”!

          On a serious note, the rights to Namor reverting to Marvel Studios is not pivotal breaking news.

          • SAMURAI36

            It would be, if they planned to make a movie with him.

        • Brian Holland

          Feel better now?

          • SAMURAI36

            I feel the exact same as I did before. My Warriors gave Lebron 33 sugar lumps, and I eloquently conveyed my point here. Couldn’t ask for more.

  • SAMURAI36

    Not to mention the fact that shoe horning Namor into the MCU would feel strange, since the last several years, he’s been tied more to the X-Men franchise, and to the FF franchise before that.

    Just seems like Fox could make better use of him, since they have both those properties, especially since Namor is tagged as “the world’s fist mutant”, or something to that effect.

    • AJayL

      The good thing about Namor’s long history is that he’s been featured prominently on or in conflict with many different teams. I would agree with you wholeheartedly if Fox was doing a better job with their Marvel properties. Right now they need to continue the expanded X-Universe that features different talent in front of and behind the camera.
      Even though I’d like to see Namor in a SH movie, I’m not sure that this is a fact yet. I guess we need to hear an official statement from either Marvel, Fox, or Universal.

      • SAMURAI36

        Very true.

        I dunno what Fox’s involvement is, but Namor would be the perfect way for them to bridge the X-Men and FF franchises together, rather than having to do some time travel stuff, which muddies the waters far too much to be considered enjoyable.

  • Steve Steve

    Namor would be a fantastic foil within the MCU. I hope they are able to bring him in sometime soon. Perhaps they re-acquire FF and Namor serves as the principal villain for that solo film, before spinning off as an MCU-wide antagonist.

    • SAMURAI36

      It’ll never happen. And even if it didn’t Marvel would ruin him as a villain, since their track record with villains is pretty bad.

      • AJayL

        Though I think that ruin is a bit strong, I do agree that this could be a great opportunity for Marvel to play Namor as the complicated antagonist. That way they can develop the character throughout multiple movies.

        I agree with you. Marvel really does need to step it up with their villains.

        • SAMURAI36

          That’s because they are too busy making their heroes fight each other, and play the part of the villains.

          • AJayL

            Isn’t that the theme this year, making heroes fight each other? I’m hoping since we’ve seen two movies with this theme, that this phase is over.
            Whoever puts him in their movie needs to do justice to this character.

          • SAMURAI36

            If only it was just this year. Marvel’s “heroes” have been fighting each other (both in the comics as well as in the movies for more than a decade.

          • Steve Steve

            LOL. Pathological, you are.

            Here I wanted to participate in a worthwhile discussion and already you’ve devolved it to this… oh well.

          • SAMURAI36

            LOL, “devolved” into speaking facts? Okay then.

          • Fenix

            Oh you mean like in batman v superman? 27%

      • Chris Schroeder

        Actually it would pretty much be a lot like the Winter Soldier, starts off as the villain and comes around to being a hero. They could do that easily

        • SAMURAI36

          Uhmm, yeah. When did that happen? Because all I saw, was more villainy in the very next chapter of that particular saga.

          None of these “heroes” are actually heroic. They cause more problems than they solve.

          For all the talk of people complaining that Batman and Superman didn’t act “heroic” (not sure what movie they watched), you’d be hard pressed to point to a single incident in Silly War, where anybody acted unconditionally heroic.

          • Chris Schroeder

            Panther. When he dropped his mask and spoke with Zemo.

          • SAMURAI36

            Yeah, and for what? That was the worst plot device I’d ever seen. Just a chance for the dumb villain to do the usual monologue. Don’t get me wrong; BP was perhaps the best part of the film, but it’s like Lebron and the Cavs: the best player can’t save a sorry team.

            And then, after all the problems the Avengers caused in Africa, BP decides to harbor international criminals? Because…. Why, exactly? Knowing that the UN (or whatever Marvel’s equivalent to that) will come looking for them, and will no doubt do so with guns a’blazing?

            Downright ridiculous, and that’s not even the only example of the non-sequiturs that I have from that movie. I have easily a dozen more.

          • Chris Schroeder

            I know you always have an answer for everything, so what’s your defense for Superman crashing the dude through the stone wall in Africa in the opening scene? That was super heroic

          • SAMURAI36

            I was waiting for someone to try to shift the focus. Whenever too much heat is on Marvel, one of their fans try to shift the focus over to DC.

            Good luck with that. I’m not answering a question that A) I’ve already answered like a dozen different times on this site, and B) is only being asked to deflect from the actual topic.

            Meanwhile, back at Captain Nazi’s–oops, I mean America’s ranch….

          • Chris Schroeder

            No I was honestly just curious, not just trying to shift the focus. It was something else mentioned in another article on here about why we need heroes in 2016 or something like that. Good job assuming though!
            You obviously are to dense to understand the difference between constructive criticism/discussion and a fanboy. I actually love DC, I saw BvS 3 times hoping a 2nd and 3rd viewing would make it grow on me the way MoS did.But growing up reading Dc and watching the movies, just nothing about it felt inherently “Superman.” I do believe Affleck was the best thing to come out of that movie and I was a supporter of him from the day he was cast. I think we can all agree Batman The Animated Series is the best interpretation they’ve done of him, and what made the World’s Finest episodes so great? The stark contrast between dark, gritty, nighttime Gotham and the bright, shining metropolis that is Metropolis.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re really trying hard to deflect, aren’t you? Nope, I’m not falling for it.

            BVS has been discussed ad nauseum around here. Meanwhile, trying to get people to have a critical discussion about Marvel is like pulling teeth. You’d think I’d blasphemed the Lord’s holy gospel, or something.

            There’s been a dozen different BVS articles on this site, but not a single one, that discusses Avengers 2.5–Uhh, I mean Craptain Nazi’s Silly War, other than those that brag about it making over $1B.

            If you don’t wanna discuss it, that’s fine, but at least say that, rather than feigning indignation over my not allowing you to shift the discussion.

          • Chris Schroeder

            Wow, clearly you weren’t loved enough as a child lmao. I’m trying to have a conversation here and you resort to making silly names for things, talking down to someone, and making assumptions.
            I’m more than willing to have a discussion about Marvel? I never said I wasn’t. I can honestly say I’m glad for a change they decided not to kill off the villain. I think that’s defintely been a weak spot for them. Continuously killing the villain, aside from the Red Skull and Zemo, stops there from being any character development on their end. That definitely needs to be worked on. Anything else?

          • SAMURAI36

            Annnnd, right on cue…. The ad hominem starts.

            Really? “Trying to have a conversation here”? Is that what you’re going with? Like you didn’t take a sharp left turn in Alberquerque back there? Riiiight.

            C’mon man, don’t be disingenuous. You didn’t even respond to any of the things I’d said about BP, when you cited him as an example of “heroism” in the movie.

            How does him potentially endangering his people EVEN MORE, by harboring international criminals, in any way count as “heroic”?

            And Marvel doing nothing with their villains is really an ancillary point. The real issue, is that their “heroes” don’t act heroic. Like, at all.

          • Chris Schroeder

            I apologize, here at work and I thought I responded to that. As king he took them into Wakanda because in the eyes of the public he knows they’re fugitives but having been there in the missile silo he knows the truth. Why would he stand down on that and leave them SOL?

          • SAMURAI36

            Oh, I dunno… Pehraps because the needs of the many (i.e., his people, who he is now responsible for as their king) outweigh the needs of the few (i.e., 2 people who he doesn’t even know)?

            He’s gonna harbor the 2 guys that were both directly and indirectly responsible for so much death and destruction in his homeland, and were the partial cause of his father’s regicide, and further invite more death and destruction on his people, because….

            Why, exactly?

          • Chris Schroeder

            For the greater good? He knows what Zemo did, he knows that if the Avengers (minus Vision and War Machine) weren’t there than there would have been even more on the body list.
            I know you mentioned the MCU doesn’t have anything heroic in it, but during the first Avengers movie, during the Battle of NY, Captain America specifically makes it a point to funnel the Chitauri in a certain away and keep them contained while helping civilians get out of the line of fire. Something “heroes” do.

          • SAMURAI36

            None of that serves as reasonings to justify harboring them. If he wants to make a case for them in the world court, then as King, that is his right. Some would even say his duty.

            But also, and more importantly, as King, it’s his responsibilty to protect his people. Harboring these people puts him in a direct conflict of interest.

            And okay, I’ll give you the Chitauri example. But look at how hard you had to look, in order to find that example? Playing a glorified version of crowd control doesn’t count for much, when you are kicking police and soldiers (all of whom are merely doing their jobs) in the chest, with enough force to stop their hearts, or when you are engaging in a car chase, that is causing auto accidents, while chasing your bro-mantic partner.

            Need more examples? Cuz I got plenty. And not just about BP either. Don’t get me started on Tony.

          • Chris Schroeder

            It wasn’t hard to think of that example? I’m just at work so trying to respond when I can before I have to do counts.
            Also some others that came to mind:
            Groot sacrificing himself during the crash.
            Thor speaking to Loki as a man and giving himself to The Destroyer.
            Or Steve Rogers jumping on the dummy grenade.

            Stark is obviously Stark.

          • Chris Schroeder

            And Wakanda is the most scientifically advanced country in the world. I’m sure they’ll be fine. Also: “Many nations do not extradite individuals for certain political crimes. These can include treason, sedition, espionage and alleged crimes relating to criticism of political leaders.
            Many nations also refuse to extradite people who may face torture or the death penalty in the requesting nation.”

            – See more at: http://criminal.findlaw.com/criminal-procedure/extradition.html#sthash.h7kTXTES.dpuf

          • SAMURAI36

            Many nations do not have superhumans knocking on their door, either. Look how much damage SkullFace (or whatever his name is) did, and he’s not even all that powerful. No matter how tech-advanced Wakanda is, when the super powered arms race starts ramping up, not even Wakanda will be able to withstand it. Look what happened to it in the comics….

            This also doesn’t fly, when you consider the fact that Cap wasn’t asking for asylum–certainly not for himself, at least. In the very next scene, he’s busting his friends out of the pokey. Are they all gonna hide in Wakanda too?

            And, I maintain that an African King harboring a Westerner who is at least partially responsible for the problems in his land, is not something that is normal.

          • Chris Schroeder

            I just wanted to wait and reply to both messages, beats having two conversations going on haha.

            but yeah, I am. Do you know the blast radius of a grenade? It was a test; not to see who was gullible. Dr Erskine even says its for who has the most heart, not the strongest.
            Also whether Groot can speak fluentlyt or not isn’t the point. Actually Groot can talk, but their race can’t be understood because of the stiffness of their larynxes.

            We don’t see where the other Avengers are at the end of the movie, so neither of us can really comment on where they’re at. Also, Wakanda isn’t part of the UN, in the comics at least.
            Many nations don’t have supervillains knocking on their doors either lol, but he’s harboring them probably until something can be done about that.

          • SAMURAI36

            Okay, having trouble posting my responses for some reason. Rest assured, I’ll cover everything, once I figure out what’s getting flagged.

          • SAMURAI36

            Do you know the blast radius of a grenade?

            Yes, about 15 to 50 feet. But that’s irrelevant to the issue. Cap tossing himself on the grenade wouldn’t have stopped that. And for that matter, as a soldier, are you gonna jump on a grenade? I’ve known (and still do know) my share of soldiers, and I’m hard pressed to think of a single one that would tell me a scenario where jumping on a live grenade makes any sort of tactical sense.

            However, I’m gonna ask around, just to see the responses I get on the subject.

          • Chris Schroeder

            oh ok, I thought you were saying Thor was the patsy, I misread.
            You know soldiers live off post as well, right? Not only in barracks. The injury inducing radius of a grenade is 15 meters (~45ft), with a fatality radius of 5 meters (~15ft). I took a screenshot of that scene and it shows Peggy is clearly in the blast zone, along with soldiers still running away. By that logic you’re saying Lance CPL Kyle Carpenter, Jason Dunham, SPC Ross McGinnis, and Michael Monsoor must have made a mistake and been patsies as well, among countless others through history?

            In regards to Groot carrying on like ‘an autistic child” you do know the Flora Colossi posses a genius intellect. Their entire race just sounds like they’re saying ”I am Groot” when they’re actually speaking full sentences.

            In the comics the Avengers never started out as “soldiers and/or govt employees/contractors.”

            If it’s difficult to classify them as heroes, solely for the sake of this discussion, I’m just curious what things in the DCEU would be classified as “heroic.” The only thing coming to mind is in MoS when he just gives himself to Zod. It’s been a while since I’ve seen either movie so I’m just trying to think of something.

          • SAMURAI36

            You know soldiers live off post as well, right? Not only in barracks.

            Yes, but none of them are Superheroes, whom people (such as little kids) recognize in the huge museum dedicated to them. Cap is internationally known, for stopping an alien invasion. He spends alot of his time without his helmet on, even when he’s in combat, so he’s easily recongnizeable.

            If he’d kept a secret ID, it’d be different. But there’s no justifiable reason for him to live in the public sector.

            The injury inducing radius of a grenade is 15 meters (~45ft), with a fatality radius of 5 meters (~15ft).

            Yeah, that’s +/- what I’d said….

            I took a screenshot of that scene and it shows Peggy is clearly in the blast zone, along with soldiers still running away.

            Context, my friend. If you are military, then you already know that most grenades have between an 8 to 13-second timer.

            Also, the soldiers are well away from the blast zone. As for Carter, she is clearly in the zone, but A) it makes no sense for her to run to the zone either (did she realize it was a test? If so, what was she hoping to accomplish? If not, then what was the point of her running in as well?), and B)

            By that logic you’re saying Lance CPL Kyle Carpenter, Jason Dunham, SPC Ross McGinnis, and Michael Monsoor must have made a mistake and been patsies as well, among countless others through history?

            I don’t know the circumstances behind those situations. Do you? And if you do, do you think it matches the scenario demonstrated here?

            From what I read of one of the stories, it doesn’t sound the same as what we saw in the Cap film. Not all situations are created the same.

            In regards to Groot carrying on like ‘an autistic child” you do know the Flora Colossi posses a genius intellect. Their entire race just sounds like they’re saying ”I am Groot” when they’re actually speaking full sentences.

            You do realize that being autistic doesn’t necessarily have any bearing on intellect, yes?

            In the comics the Avengers never started out as “soldiers and/or govt employees/contractors.”

            You seem to move goalposts a lot. I’m not talking about when they started out. I’m talking about where they are at present. Most of the Marvel heroes are in some way affiliated with the govt. And that is especially the case with the characters in the movies.

            But for that matter, SHIELD has always been a govt agency. Stark has always been a weapons manufacturer for the govt. Many of the Avengers are Captains, Colonels, and such. The FF is funded by the govt/military. Not to mention, the Avengers worked with/for Henry Gyrich in one of their earlier incarnations.

            If it’s difficult to classify them as heroes, solely for the sake of this discussion, I’m just curious what things in the DCEU would be classified as “heroic.” The only thing coming to mind is in MoS when he just gives himself to Zod. It’s been a while since I’ve seen either movie so I’m just trying to think of something.

            You’re just dying to shift the discussion, aren’t you?

            But I’ll play along, but only momentarily.

            https://youtu.be/z8EydFeuPK8

            And that’s just MOS. I won’t even go into BVS.

            Now, back to Marvel, and all their atrocities.

          • Chris Schroeder

            The fuse is much less than that. I re-watched it and counted to 7 by the time he’s finally on it.

            Also I didn’t ask how many people Superman saved, I meant doing something heroic. I could just show all the people they Avengers saved in NYC, or off of Sakovia. That wasn’t what I was asking. Anything I mention that’s heroic you have a reason for why it’s not. Granted neither cinematic universe is perfect, I never said they were. But by your logic about Wakanda, as soon as Superman comes back in the next movie he should take Bruce Wayne into custody for manslaughter

          • SAMURAI36

            The fuse is much less than that. I re-watched it and counted to 7 by the time he’s finally on it.

            I’m really trying to figure out what your point is. I’d already stated that the timer can be between 8 and 13 seconds. Most of the soldiers were cleared by the 5-sec mark. You keep trying to justify him jumping on this grenade in this scene, where there’s no real justification for it.

            Also I didn’t ask how many people Superman saved, I meant doing something heroic. I could just show all the people they Avengers saved in NYC, or off of Sakovia. That wasn’t what I was asking. Anything I mention that’s heroic you have a reason for why it’s not. Granted neither cinematic universe is perfect, I never said they were. But by your logic about Wakanda, as soon as Superman comes back in the next movie he should take Bruce Wayne into custody for manslaughter

            I’m not sure what your motive is, by continuing to try to bait me into DC discussions. One need not make a comparison of both, in order to discuss one or the other.

            Not sure what it is about discussion Marvel’s flaws, that makes people so uncomfortable. It’s really weird to me.

          • Chris Schroeder

            No grenade has a 13 second timer. They got rid of that after 1940 because it could be thrown back by the enemy. The fuse is 4-7 seconds. What I’m saying was had it been a real situation he would have just saved them. That was the point of it, and the meaning behind his conversation with Tony. Someones there’s gotta be the guy to lay on the wire for his buddies to keep going.That was an act of heroism.
            I’m not trying to bait you into anything, I”m just saying having an excuse for everything is pretty obnoxious. I have no problem admitting flaws, as I already have. I was drawing a comparison to how you say one thing, but turn a blind eye when its done by DC.

            Both cinematic universes have strong traits and both have things they need to work on.
            Development is something I think Marvel needs to work on, DC was smart enough to keep Lex and not pull a Marvel and kill him. Honestly leading up to one of my favorite scenes in BvS, where the lights go out and Batman shows up outside the cell. The way they showed Bruce was amazing, for a change he felt like Batman putting on the playboy act.
            Pacing is something I think DC needs to work on. BvS and the death of Superman are amazing storylines and I think jumping into that for the second outing wasted the potential off it.

          • SAMURAI36

            Okay, see my response.

          • SAMURAI36

            Hmm, a tree being heroic is sad, compared to these other guys.

            And, Steve jumping on that grenade was was extremely silly. All the other soldiers had cleared the area, so there was no conceivable need for him to jump the grenade, since there was nobody even around. He was the only idiot trying to jump on it. These were soldiers who were trained to evade explosives, and he was the only fool that jumped on it.

            That just established him being the patsy from then on out. He jumps when being told to, and rarely asks questions. He’s never been all that forward thinking; in fact, he rarely thinks 5 minutes ahead.

          • Chris Schroeder

            1) He’s still a character. Thats like saying any weird alien from the Green Lantern Corps won’t have the ability to be considered a hero. (because trust me there’s thousands)
            2) obviously you’re not military.
            3) How did that make him the patsy? I’m just confused on the way you’re explaining that

          • SAMURAI36

            Are you military? I really hope you’re not, if you’re trying to sell me on the idea that jumping on a grenade is something that a soldier would do.

            I’m saying that when the officers did that test, they weren’t looking for someone who was brave, they were looking for someone that was gullible.

            And if a tree that can barely talk being heroic, is the best example you can find, then you’re proving my point for me. Why aren’t the main roster of Avengers being particularly heroic?

  • Worldmind

    Not really a character I’m itching to see, I’d rather see FF or Silver Surfer in MCU, Marvel can do those characters justice

  • AJayL

    Isn’t this article about Namor????

  • Torontotitan20

    Daniel Wu for Namor!

  • Chris Schroeder

    I”m really hoping we get a flashback to explain the opening scene of The First Avenger where Namor does something that causes them to begin searching and find the crashed jet with Cap’s body. Just as a throwback to him actually being a cause for finding Cap’s body in the comics

  • Plays With Squirrels

    With all due respect is this going to be like when Common and Tyrese Gibson were asking fans to ‘campaign’ for them to get the John Stewart role in GL. I’d guess by far the majority of actors would like a consistent (and growing) income every few couple of years that may make them an ‘A-list’ actor.

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