The conclusion of the Aquaman movie certainly left the door open for Aquaman 2 to happen. Whether it’s Arthur’s conciliatory “we’ll talk” to Patrick Wilson’s Orm after their climactic confrontation (which teases the possibility that Ocean Master will return) or the post-credits scene that has much wider implications for Black Manta’s eventual emergence as one of the most important villains in Aquaman history, there’s plenty of reason to believe that Aquaman 2 could make a bigger creative splash than the first film.
When I spoke to James Wan shortly before the movie’s release, he wasn’t ready to talk about how those could be explored if Aquaman 2 were to happen. “I don’t think about sequels before the first movie has even come out,” Wan said. “That’s just who I am. I’m highly superstitious.”