Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will reprise his function as DC Comics’ villainous Black Manta in subsequent yr’s Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. However, Abdul-Mateen goes to get an opportunity to painting a superhero of his personal within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as nicely. Deadline is reporting that Abdul-Mateen has been solid as Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, for his personal upcoming Disney+ collection.
Don’t let the title idiot you. Marvel’s Wonder Man has nothing to do with DC’s Wonder Woman. Instead, Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby created Simon Williams as a one-off Avengers villain in 1964. Within his debut story, Simon was a disgraced govt who was given superpowers by the Masters of Evil in return for infiltrating the Avengers and betraying them. Regardless, Simon finally sided with the Avengers and turned towards the Masters regardless that it price him his life.
Wonder Man was revived within the ’70s and he grew to become an everyday a part of the avengers comedian and a member of the workforce. He additionally discovered fame as each a stuntman and an actor, which typically conflicted along with his profession as a hero.
Abdul-Mateen has in depth style expertise, together with his starring roles in sweet man (pictured above), HBO’s watch malesand The Matrix Resurrections. He is at the moment starring within the Broadway revival of Topdog/Underdog.
So far, the one different confirmed solid member for wonder-man is Ben Kingsley, who will reprise his function as actor Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Trevor’s inclusion seems to suggest that the wonder-man collection will lean into Simon’s quest to grow to be a wealthy and well-known actor.
Shang Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton will govt produce wonder-man alongside head author Andrew Guest. Cretton can be anticipated to direct the collection, which doesn’t at the moment have a launch date.