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Aquaman 2: How The Ending Sets Up An Even Better Sequel

Warning: SPOILERS for Aquaman

Even before Aquaman was projected to have one of DC's biggest box office openings yet, the odds of Aquaman 2 being made were higher than most. The solo film from James Wan promised spectacle, adventure, and plenty of badass action courtesy of its star, Jason Momoa. But now that the movie has arrived, it's clear just how well Aquaman's ending sets up a direct sequel that could blow the first film out of the water.

With the future of DC's Justice League completely unknown, Aquaman 2 may also be the most likely place to see Arthur Curry's story continue. With Mera at his side, the trident of Atlan in his hands, and the throne of Atlantis beneath him, the future sure seems bright. But with the villains just as primed for a second round, Ocean Master and Black Manta biding their time, and new threats already emerging, it isn't hard to see where Aquaman 2 could head. Provided fans look beyond the happy ending to Aquaman's after-credits scene, for a start.

King Arthur Finally Rules Atlantis

Aquaman Movie Poster Aquaman Classic Costume

There's no question that the popularity and attitude of Jason Momoa guarantee he will anchor the sequel no matter what the story, having ascended to his birthright by the end of Aquaman. With the trident of King Atlas recovered, and the dead king's armor to boot, Arthur more than looks the part. And as Mera explains in the movie, he has claimed the throne by the most sacred traditions of Atlantis.

But the rush of seeing Arthur victorious shouldn't brush away the biggest questions, or the most pressing concerns. As the final scene of the movie alludes to, Arthur doesn't know how to be a king. And even if that makes him morally fit for the power it brings with it, the fact remains: he is not prepared for the job. He has help, sure, but don't expect a sequel to establish that the military of Atlantis and Xebel is just fine being led by the man who killed their former, mighty, disciplined commander. King Arthur is in for a bigger challenge than he has ever faced before... and that's before the real conflict puts his skills to the test.

Our Aquaman 2 Prediction: Arthur learns that keeping peace is harder than winning it - and one way or another, loses the throne.

Mera Protects The Empire

Amber Heard as Mera in Aquaman

From the looks of it, much of the heavy lifting will be done by Mera, who is clearly informed on the current state of the world and Atlantis, and isn't shy about making her opinions or wisdom known. No matter how perilous Arthur's grasp on the crown and trident of Atlantis may become, Mera is his best bet on keeping hold of it. Unless, of course, the people decide to make Mera their queen as the person most fit for the job - as they did in the world of DC Comics.

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We'll assume Mera would support Arthur as king for the foreseeable future, and likely start to build one of the most well-known romances in the DC Universe. Power couples aside, as the most knowledgeable resource for Atlantean politics, Mera will know better than anyone just how long a united Atlantis can actually last. The once singular empire split up for a reason, so expect Mera to be the conscience explaining the nuances of Atlantean politics to King Arthur every step of the way. And, as the first Aquaman movie shows, using her powers to maintain order by force, if necessary (better than anyone else in Atlantis ever could).

Our Aquaman 2 Prediction: Mera is the one left holding the empire of Atlantis together - perhaps even as Queen.

Queen Atlanna Stands By Arthur's Side

The return of Queen Atlanna is obviously a boost for Arthur's emotional well-being, but her experience as Atlantean royalty may be more practical in the long term. For starters, teaching Arthur how to wield his trident in combat. He performed admirably against Orm, but that was out of the water. Atlanna proved her own battle proficiency in both defending Arthur and surviving multiple showdowns with the Karathen. So training sequences are completely possible, meaning Arthur can grow deadlier still with his trident.

As for political advice... well, the fact that Atlanna has been out of the loop for two decades could be a source of conflict in Arthur's rule and leadership. Mera believed in the lessons Atlanna taught her and Orm, but they were children then. What would it take for Atlanna and Mera to stand opposed to a modern political dilemma - and whose side would Arthur be tempted to take? Fans may wish to see everybody just get along, but that's never been the status quo in the comics, so why should the movies be any different?

Our Aquaman 2 Prediction: Queen Atlanna learns how much has changed in tragic fashion, and loses her son once again.

Of course, tracking where the many villains of Aquaman wind up, Arthur could have far bigger problems than managing a kingdom when Aquaman 2 launches a new attack.

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Key Release Dates
  • Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
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