Marvel’s Wonder Man: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the cast of Disney + Show
Marvel Studios has its Wonder Man.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to join the Disney+ series “Wonder Man” as Simon Williams, who transforms into the titular superhero. This will be Abdul-Mateen’s third major comic book character, having played the villainous Black Manta in 2018’s “Aquaman” and Dr. Manhattan in HBO’s 2019 series “Watchmen,” for which he won an Emmy. . He’s already set to reprise Black Manta in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” currently slated for Christmas 2023.
Filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed the 2021 Marvel feature “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” is developing “Wonder Man” with head writer Andrew Guest (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Community “), as part of Cretton’s overall deal with Marvel Studios and Onyx Collective. Cretton can also direct, although he has a crowded plate: he’s already set to direct “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” in 2025, and he’s set to direct the potential (albeit unannounced) sequel to “Shang-Chi.”
In the comics, Williams is the son of a wealthy industrialist whose company, Williams Innovations, is bankrupt due to competition from Stark Industries. In desperation, Simon turns to Baron Zemo, who gives him superpowers and orders him to infiltrate and then betray the Avengers. Eventually, however, Simon joins the Avengers in earnest and is even a founding member of the spin-off team, the West Coast Avengers. However, it’s unclear how much or little of this story will make its way into the series.
It seems likely, however, that William’s comedic history as an actor and stuntman will come into play on the show, as Ben Kingsley is set to return as failed actor-turned-reformed villain Trevor Slattery, whom he created in 2013. “Iron Man 3” and reprized in “Shang-Chi”.
Marvel Studios has yet to announce a premiere date for “Wonder Man.”
ScreenGeek first reported the news.