Warning: SPOILERS Below For Aquaman
Aquaman is a crowd-pleasing, immersive, superhero adventure, but it does open up some big questions that go unanswered. Regarded as a course-correction towards a brighter and more fun DC Extended Universe, director James Wan's tentpole was already a record-breaking hit in China even before it conquered the United States during the Christmas holiday weekend. While critical reception is mixed, audiences seem to be enjoying Jason Momoa's solo outing as the King of the Seven Seas.
In Aquaman, Arthur Curry must seize his destiny and become the King of Atlantis to stop his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) from uniting the seven kingdoms of the sea and igniting a war with the surface world. With the help of Mera (Amber Heard), Arthur embarks on a quest to locate the fabled Trident of Atlan, an ancient weapon tied to Atlantis' very origins that would not only let Arthur command the seas but would instantly make him King. Meanwhile, Orm hires a pirate named Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who holds a personal vendetta against Arthur, to stop the Aquaman. The hero also learns hidden truths about his own origins and the fate of his missing mother Queen Atlanna (Nicole Kidman).
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Set after the events of Justice League, Aquaman is full of high-spirited, globe-hopping adventure and eye-popping superhero spectacle. It draws elements from Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, old-fashioned adventure movies, and even romantic comedies but that entertaining mishmash of styles does end up creating some confusing moments, especially for fans who aren't versed in the decades of Aquaman's stories in DC Comics. Here are our biggest unanswered questions about Aquaman.
- This Page: Questions About Aquaman's Origin
- Page 2: Questions About Atlantis
- Page 3: Questions About What Happens In Aquaman
Why Did Vulko Age But Queen Atlanna Didn't?
As Arthur tells the story of how his parents met and how he was born, Queen Atlanna fled an arranged marriage to King Orvax and washed up on the rocks outside Tom Curry's (Temuera Morrison) Maine lighthouse in 1985. A few years after Arthur was born, Atlantean soldiers attacked the Curry family and Atlanna chose to return to Atlantis in order to keep Tom and Arthur safe.
In the roughly 30 years that pass between Atlanna leaving and the events of Aquaman, we see Tom Curry age appropriately. Even Arthur's Atlantean mentor Vulko has aged; Willam Dafoe was digitally de-aged in the flashback scenes where he trains young Arthur in how to use his powers. But when Mera and Arthur discover Atlanna in the Hidden Kingdom, the former Queen hasn't aged a day and looks exactly the same - a discrepancy even further highlighted when she reunites with Tom at the end of the film. Atlanna is of Atlantean royal blood, so does she age much slower than other Atlanteans like Vulko? Does that mean Aquaman will also age slowly? Or did the decades Atlanna spent in the Hidden Kingdom somehow keep her youthful?
What Happened To The Atlantean Soldiers That Attacked The Curry Lighthouse?
A group of armored Atlantean soldiers attack Atlanna in the Curry lighthouse. The Queen efficiently kills them all, including impaling one on the wall with her Quindent. In the next scene, we see Atlanna make the choice to leave Tom and Arthur and swim back to Atlantis to face her fate - but what happened to the bodies of the Atlantean guards? Did they bury them? Did Atlanna throw them back into the sea? How did Tom explain the damage to his house to his insurance company?
Why Didn't King Orvax Have Arthur Killed?
When she returned to Atlantis, the Queen went through with her arranged marriage to King Orvax and then they had a son, Orm. Then Orvax found out about Arthur and condemned Atlanna to death by sacrificing her to the Trench. However, Arthur remained safe from Orvax's wrath. Why didn't Orvax send more soldiers to have Arthur killed since he's a threat to Orm's claim to the Throne of Atlantis? Perhaps Atlanna pleaded for Arthur's protection or, likely, Vulko worked politically to keep Atlanna's firstborn son safe. Obviously if Arthur had been killed, there'd be no Aquaman and no movie. But considering the vengeful nature of Atlanteans, it's a strange oversight that neither Orvax nor Orm took the extra steps to ensure that Arthur couldn't one day enter Atlantis and make a claim to the throne - which is exactly what did happen.
What Happened After Everyone Saw Arthur Use His Powers At The Aquarium?
During a field trip to the Boston Aquarium (which is called the New England Aquarium in real life), Arthur is bullied by his classmates, but then all of the marine life in the water tank come to his rescue. As the future Aquaman exhibits his ability to talk to and control sea creatures, the other children and adults in the room are frightened of what they witness. But then... nothing happens. Or at least nothing we are shown.
The scene is reminiscent of the times young Clark Kent was bullied in Man of Steel, but unlike Zack Snyder's Superman origin, there's no moment in Aquaman where Tom Curry has to deal with concerned parents and counsels his son about the dangers of using his powers in front of others. In fact, the way Arthur rather brazenly and publicly lives his life, despite being famous as "the Aquaman", it doesn't seem like Tom Curry ever advised his son to hide who he is the way Jonathan Kent did Clark.
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