Shin Meets Manta
The Aquaman mid-credits scene opens in a nondescript room, where a character we have seen in the background finally gets something important to do. Dr. Stephen Shin (played by Fresh Off the Boat star Randall Park) is tinkering with the technology found in Black Manta’s helmet.
How This Connects To The Comics
James Wan’s Aquaman has several distinct ties to Geoff Johns’ popular run of Aquaman stories in The New 52 version of the classic hero. And it’s in there that we see how Aquaman 2 might develop the partnership between Black Manta and Dr. Stephen Shin.
What This Means For Aquaman 2
This means that Aquaman 2 already will have two villains, and they are characters who we have met before. It makes sense to bring Black Manta back. He and Aquaman are such mirror images of each other, as they both are furious at someone else for “murdering” their parent. (Though, in Arthur’s case, Queen Atlanna actually lives, so….)