Marvel Studios to have Wonder Man. Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, known for his role in Aquaman’s antagonist Black Manta and Doctor Manhattan in HBO’s Watchmen, is tapped in for Wonder Man.
This will be Mateen’s third major cartoon character, after playing the villain Black Manta in 2018’s “Aquaman” and Dr. Manhattan in HBO’s 2019 series “Watchmen.” Yahya has won an Emmy for Dr. Manhattan. He is also already set to reprise Black Manta in “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” that has presently scheduled for Christmas 2023
The “Wonder Man” series
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II partakes in this Disney+ series “Wonder Man” as Simon Williams transforms into the titular superhero, the Wonder Man. The series has some big names associated with it.
The director of Marvel’s 2021 feature “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Destin Daniel Cretton, is developing “Wonder Man.” The head writer is Andrew Guest (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Community.” This work is part of a deal with Marvel Studios and Onyx Collective.
Cretton may as well direct “Wonder Man.” But, so far, he’s got his hands full: He has already set to direct 2025’s “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and is expected to helm the perspective (though unannounced) “Shang-Chi” sequel. (Source – Variety)
About MCU’s Wonder Man
Marvel’s Wonder Man made his first appearance in Avengers issue number nine, which was issued in October 1964. Wonder Man’s real name is Simon Williams. He also sometimes goes by the alias Mr. Wonderful.
Wonder man is a human mutant who has completely taken on ionic energy form. Meaning, that his body does not contain flesh or bones.
Born into a wealthy family, who had run a successful munitions company, Simon was the younger of the two sons. He took over the family business at 22. His inexperience led to near bankruptcy. As his company was floundering and losing ground to the competing Stark industries, he nursed a grudge against star industries and its champion, Iron Man. The events eventually led him to take ionic energy treatment from Baron Zemo and the original Masters of Evil.
Now, as a wonderful man, he would infiltrate the Avengers. In the end, he refused to follow through and perished during his attempts to help them. Later, it was revealed that Wonder Man was not dead but was in an ionic coma. He was later restored to a zombie-like state by his unstable brother, also known as the Grim Reaper. The resurrected Wonder Man returned to the Avengers. He became friends with the Beast and eventually got along with Vision.
This complicated superhero was also an actor and stuntman. He partakes in adventures with the Avengers and even falls in love with the Scarlett Witch.
Disney hasn’t yet confirmed a release date, as the filming is yet to commence.
Meanwhile, there are Marvel premieres to look forward to. This includes- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releasing this November, and Wasp: Quantumania, whose first trailer was released last week.