After claiming the throne of Atlantis, he must defend his kingdom from an onslaught led by David Kane, also known as Black Manta (portrayed by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).
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A Journey Through Diverse Landscapes: Exploring Themes of Climate Change and Prejudice
The film takes Aquaman on a thrilling journey through the deep sea, a mutant-infested jungle, a barren desert, and even Antarctica, all while exploring themes of climate change and racial prejudice.
The film concludes with a sense of closure, not just for Aquaman, but for the entire DC Comics cinematic universe as we know it. This leaves us wondering if there’s anything left for Warner Bros. to reveal in a post-credits scene. Perhaps another adventure?
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Indeed, “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” does feature a post-credits scene, which harks back to a humorous moment in the film.
Aquaman must liberate his brother Orm (played by Patrick Wilson) from the Deserters, which requires a daring break-in at a maximum-security desert prison. Before they set off on their mission to confront Kane, Aquaman plays a prank on Orm.
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Orm harbors a deep-seated hatred for the surface world, but Aquaman convinces him that his bias is limiting his experiences.
He tells Orm about the delights of hamburgers, beer, and tacos, causing Orm to reconsider his views. Aquaman then tricks Orm into eating a cockroach, likening it to a land shrimp. To Aquaman’s surprise, Orm enjoys the taste.
The Post-Credits Scene: A Humorous Callback
The post-credits scene depicts Orm finally savoring the burger and beer that Aquaman had praised, but not before adding a crushed cockroach to his meal. As Orm relishes the taste, the scene fades to black.
This scene not only highlights Orm’s unusual palate but also his newfound willingness to challenge his prejudices and appreciate the surface world. It also suggests that this version of Aquaman’s story has reached its conclusion.
Typically, post-credits scenes hint at the protagonist’s next adventure. Both Warner Bros. and Marvel have frequently used this technique to introduce new characters or villains. However, the future of Warner Bros.’ superheroes appears uncertain.
This has singlehandedly revived my passion for Aquaman 2 pic.twitter.com/donFqLKuFq
— Seagull_Lad ✡️ (@Seagull_Comics) December 17, 2023
The Future of Warner Bros.’ Superheroes: Uncertainty Looms
In October, James Gunn and Peter Safran were appointed co-chairs and co-CEOs of DC Studios, overseeing superhero narratives. Following their appointment, a revamp of the cinematic universe was announced, with a fresh lineup of projects.
None of these upcoming projects involve the current versions of the studio’s heroes, including Aquaman, Shazam, and the Flash.
The underwhelming box office performance of the Shazam sequel and the Flash standalone film has cast doubt on their future appearances.
Aquaman 2’s Post-Credits Scene: A Hint at the Next Adventure?
Given that the post-credits scene of “Aquaman 2” opts for humor and the film wraps up neatly with no looming threats, there’s no indication of Aquaman’s next big adventure. Unless, of course, it involves sharing a burger with his brother.