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Everyone is pretending that Aquaman is Arthur Curry’s first feature film all to himself, but fans of mid-2000s HBO original series know better. Vincent Chase swam into theaters long before Jason Momoa and Chase did it for director James Cameron!

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Together, Chase and Cameron took down Spider-Man to set a new opening weekend record at the box office. As a new Aquaman franchise prepares for launch in North America, Vince (Adrian Grenier) has only one TV-MA question about Momoa.

At some point, HBO had to acknowledge Aquaman and this was a pretty funny way of doing it. The best part about this, though, is the way it shows how far superhero movies have come.

The early-to-mid 2000s were critical in getting the genre to where it is today, but even then, there were some characters, like Aquaman, that seemed too far outside of mainstream sensibilities to ever get their own movie. Times have changed and audiences are ready for new ideas and fresh comic book movie concepts.

Aquaman has been feeling the love in several international markets. After the film’s domestic opening this weekend, Jason Momoa will have made Vincent Chase a tiny footnote in Atlantean history.

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