Another DC Comics double-career, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (‘Aquaman’ ‘Watchmen’) will star in the new Marvel series ‘Wonder Man’.
Ben Kingsley returns as failed actor Trevor Slattery, his character from ‘Iron Man 3’ ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’. The show is planned to be a Hollywood satire, with Wonder Man, the main character, also a stuntman.
Destin Cretton (‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’) and Andrew Guest (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’) are running the show, which opens next year and goes live on Disney+, with Guest as lead writer and Cretton executive Production and may direct several episodes.
Wonder Man is one of the oldest characters in Marvel Comics, debuting in 1964. Originally a villain, his family business collapsed in competition with Iron Man’s Stark Industries and switched to Zemo, gaining superpowers and opposing The Avengers. He has since become a hero in the late 1970s and became famous in the 1980s.
Wonder Man, whose real name is Simon Williams, is a founding member of the Los Angeles-based West Coast The Avengers, classically dressed in a turtleneck sweater, red jacket and sunglasses, and has become a celebrity for his day job as an actor and stuntman.
Wonder Man has a close relationship with Wanda and Vision. The comics use ionic energy and brain waves to link Wonder Man and Vision, who are as close as brothers, and Wonder Man also became attached to Wanda after Vision was dismantled.