Aquaman 2: A Hopeful Finale for the DCEU

End of an Era

"Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom" is likely the final film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) that began with Zack Snyder’s "Man of Steel" 10 years ago.

Ignoring the Past

The film largely ignores its connection to the broader DCEU, not addressing open questions about its characters and their past.

Aquaman's Vision

Early in the film, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) proposes that the underwater kingdoms of Atlantis should reveal themselves to the surface world to collaborate on saving the planet from environmental issues.

Defeating the Villain

Aquaman defeats an ancient, evil, frozen king who planned to warm the planet for his release, influencing the council's decision.

Atlantis Revealed

The film concludes with Atlantis revealing itself to the world, with Atlantian ships appearing near Manhattan and Aquaman giving a speech on Ellis Island about joint efforts to save the planet.

A Hopeful Ending

The ending is seen as hopeful and fitting, suggesting a collaboration between Atlantian and human technology to reverse climate change.

A New Beginning

The film's conclusion sets a safe foundation for future DC stories, potentially under the guidance of James Gunn.

Parallel to Marvel

The film's ending, with Arthur proclaiming "I am Aquaman," parallels the start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where Tony Stark declared "I am Iron Man."