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Sub-Mariner Swims to Universal

Marvel's march into the motion picture business continues. Universal Pictures is working to gain the feature film rights to the Marvel Comic license, The Sub-Mariner, which Marvel Studios president Avi Arad will produce with former studio production president Kevin Misher. As any fan would expect, the company and the studio hope the project will become a major film franchise. Writers will be recruited shortly. Arad is already working with Universal on the film version of The Incredible Hulk, which will be directed by Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and produced by Gale Anne Hurd (Terminator, Aliens).

The Sub-Mariner, who debuted in 1939 in an eight-page giveaway comic called Motion Pictures Comic Weekly, is considered Marvel's first superhero. His story was later expanded and reprinted in Marvel Comics No. 1 in 1941. The Sub-Mariner, also known as Prince Namor, is an amphibian humanoid from the sunken kingdom of Atlantis. Though a hero, he has often been at odds with other Marvel heroes over pollution caused by surface dwellers.