Insights into ‘Aquaman 2’: What the Ending and Post-Credit Scene Hint at for DC’s Next Steps

Insights into ‘Aquaman 2’: What the Ending and Post-Credit Scene Hint at for DC’s Next Steps: Spoiler Warning! We’re dissecting crucial moments and the conclusion of “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” (currently showing in theaters), so proceed with caution if you haven’t watched it yet.

Insights into 'Aquaman 2': What the Ending and Post-Credit Scene Hint at for DC's Next Steps

If you’ve seen the latest “Aquaman” installment and felt a bit underwhelmed by the conclusion, you’re not alone. Surprisingly, the saga wrapped up with Patrick Wilson chowing down on an unconventional meal.
As we anticipate a refreshed cinematic universe slated for 2025, Jason Momoa’s aquatic hero takes his final dive in “Lost Kingdom,” marking the conclusion of a DC era that aimed for Marvel-level success but didn’t consistently capture both critical and audience acclaim. Despite its shortcomings, the film showcased Aquaman’s unwavering dedication, battling foes and dangerous artifacts with determination.
Now, let’s delve into the movie’s ending and post-credits sequence while also pondering what lies ahead for the DC universe:

“Understanding the Conclusion of ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom'”

The vengeful antagonist, Black Manta (portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), obtains the legendary Black Trident, leading him to be overtaken by Kordax’s malevolent spirit, the sinister monarch of the mythical Necrus kingdom. Manta and his aquatic minions find themselves trapped beneath Antarctica. Additionally, Manta kidnaps Aquaman’s child with the intention of using the royal Atlantean blood to revive Kordax and his undead army, threatening global chaos. With assistance from his half-brother Orm (played by Wilson), Aquaman manages to thwart the resurgence of Kordax. In the climax, as Necrus collapses, Manta meets his downfall.

Aquaman chooses to unveil Atlantis to the world, drawing parallels to the revelation of Wakanda in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” He organizes a press conference on Ellis Island, pledging collaboration with international communities to address the pressing climate challenges. With a confident flair, he declares, “As the king of Atlantis, I am Aquaman!” This proclamation echoes the impactful declaration made by Robert Downey Jr.’s character as Iron Man.

“Does ‘Aquaman 2’ Feature Amber Heard?”

Following Heard and Johnny Depp’s publicized legal issues, speculations arose suggesting she might be removed from her role as Mera in the Aquaman sequel or that her scenes would be reduced. Contrary to those rumors, Heard’s role in the film is substantial, comparable to Nicole Kidman’s portrayal of Aquaman’s mother, Atlanna.

That said, Mera doesn’t have a ton to do – early on, she hangs around her husband, folds laundry and ends up in the infirmary when Manta burns her badly (she gets better!). But near the finale, Mera gets more involved in the action and saves her baby as Aquaman and Kordax tussle.

“Is There a Post-Credit Scene in ‘Aquaman 2’?”

Although it provides a humorous moment, it’s relatively minor compared to other plot elements. Earlier in the film, Aquaman plays a prank on Orm by tricking him into consuming a cockroach.
In a scene after the credits roll, Orm keeps a low profile, especially since a significant portion of Atlantis still holds a grudge against him for his antagonistic actions in the 2018 movie “Aquaman.” While dining at an open-air eatery, Orm spots a cockroach on his table. Seizing the opportunity, he places it onto his burger, takes a bite, and grins at the unexpected flavor.

Are the actors from ‘Aquaman’ set to appear in future DC films?

many of the ‘Aquaman’ actors won’t be featured in upcoming DC projects. New leadership in DC, including James Gunn and Peter Safran, are opting for a fresh cast. While Gunn has mentioned that Xolo Maridueña’s Blue Beetle will make a return, audiences can anticipate a new portrayal of Batman and other iconic heroes. The 2025 film “Superman: Legacy” is set to introduce David Corenswet as Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, and Nicholas Hoult taking on the role of Lex Luthor.

Momoa stands a good chance of making a comeback, although probably not reprising his role as Aquaman. Many enthusiasts have envisioned him portraying DC’s formidable character, Lobo, a character he deeply admires and compares in terms of intense action to Marvel’s Deadpool. Momoa has expressed keen interest in taking on this role, stating in a recent Fandango discussion, “If they ever approach me to portray (Lobo) or even audition for it, I’m on board.”

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