Warning: SPOILERS for Aquaman:
A new King was crowned in Aquaman but the movie also proved Mera (Amber Heard) deserves to be Queen of Atlantis. While the main plot of director James Wan's blockbuster involved Arthur Curry's (Jason Momoa) quest to find Atlan's Trident and claim his birthright, Mera concurrently established herself as the person best suited to actually rule the undersea kingdom.
In Aquaman, Mera initiated the plan she and the royal vizier Vulko (Willem Dafoe) concocted to stop King Orm Marius (Patrick Wilson) from uniting the remaining kingdoms of Atlantis, declaring himself Ocean Master, and waging war on the surface world. Despite her reservations about Arthur Curry based on their previous encounter in Justice League, Mera led the halfbreed first son of Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman), on a mission to find the Trident of Atlan, which would prove Arthur as the true king of Atlantis under their most ancient laws. Her plan worked: not only did they successfully find the lost Trident, but Arthur also defeated Orm in battle and stopped the war - and he couldn't have done any of it without Mera. It was Mera herself who proclaimed Aquaman as King Arthur.
However, where all of this leaves Mera is the question. It's natural to presume that Mera will be Queen since DC Comics fans know her comic book counterpart is married to Aquaman and rules Atlantis by his side. The movie doesn't automatically make this a fait accompli, though; as the Princess of the kingdom of Xebel, Mera was actually pledged to marry Orm and unite their two kingdoms - a duty she abandoned when she committed treason and saved Arthur from losing to Orm in ritual combat in the Ring of Fire. With Orm deposed, King Arthur will no doubt nullify Mera's treason but her status otherwise was left unclear. After all, Arthur didn't propose to Mera at any point in Aquaman, so despite the sparks that developed between them and the passionate kiss they shared during Aquaman's final battle, Mera actually lost her automatic path to becoming Queen. And despite his own feelings for Mera, Arthur may also not be the marrying type, whether it's for political gain or for true love.
Regarding what happens next in Atlantis' game of thrones, the details of Atlantean law are also uncertain; Atlanna returned and she may actually be the rightful Queen, even though she chose to return to Maine and reunite with her love, Arthur's human father Tom (Temura Morrison). Aquaman ended with Arthur as King, that much is certain, and if he does need a Queen to consolidate his claim to the throne and help unite the kingdoms politically, Mera is certainly the most likely candidate. But let's face it, Arthur is actually best suited, in the movie's own words, to be "something greater than a king - a hero." With that in mind, here's why it's Mera who is the most deserving person to actually rule Atlantis as Queen.
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Mera Is The DCEU's Best Female Superhero Besides Wonder Woman
The DC Extended Universe hasn't exactly been prolific when it comes to female superheroes, but in Aquaman, Mera earned herself a place alongside Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) atop the pyramid. The competition is admittedly slim; Lois Lane (Amy Adams) was the most prominent female character in the DCEU before Diana Prince arrived and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is technically an insane super-villain, though she's due for a "fantabulous emancipation" into superheroism in next year's Birds of Prey. After them is Katana (Karen Fukuhara), who was deadly but silent in Suicide Squad, and, as powerful and dangerous as she is, no one would confuse Task Force X's devious head honcho Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) with being a hero.
Regardless of how few peers she has in the DCEU, Mera is as powerful as any Atlantean and she cemented herself as a bona fide hero in Aquaman. Again, without her masterminding the entire plot to depose Orm, Arthur couldn't have saved the surface world from a devastating war with Atlantis. Mera was just as responsible for Arthur's victory, and she fought side-by-side with him against Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), Orm's elite soldiers, and against the monstrous horrors of the Trench.
Even Among Atlanteans, Mera Is Special
Although the hows and whys of Arthur's special ability to speak to fish is one of Aquaman's unanswered questions, Mera is also unique among Atlanteans because she, too, has a superpower: Mera possesses hydrokinesis, which allows her to control and manipulate water. She doesn't just use it in battle, either; it's thanks to Mera's powers that Tom Curry was able to survive the gigantic tidal wave Orm sent to attack the shores of every continent on Earth. Being a hero at heart, Mera uses her ability to save lives just as much as she uses it for combat.
Additionally, while Aquaman delighted audiences around the world with its numerous eye-popping sights - like an octopus that plays drums in Arthur and Orm's gladiatorial battle- Mera's biggest moment (which is arguably the coolest moment in the whole film) is when she used her hydrokinesis to turn the wine inside a wall-full of bottles into wine daggers to kill Orm's soldiers. She may not be the one chosen by the Trident of Atlan to command the sea like Arthur, but Mera is very much gifted just like the Aquaman. However, prowess in battle and innate superheroism doesn't make someone a monarch; Mera's other talents and traits are what truly make her fit to be Atlantis' Queen.
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