Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will reprise his role as DC Comics villain Black Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom of the next year. However, Abdul-Mateen will also get the opportunity to play a superhero of his own in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. dead line reports that Abdul-Mateen has been cast as Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, for his upcoming series of Disney+.
Don’t let the name fool 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 unique Avengers villain in 1964. Within his debut story, Simon was a disgraced executive who was given superpowers by the Masters of Evil to change to infiltrate the Avengers and betray them. Regardless, Simon ultimately sided with the Avengers and turned against the Masters despite him costing him his life.
Wonder Man was revived in the ’70s and became a regular part of the comic. of the avengersand team member. He also found fame as a stuntman and actor, which sometimes conflicted with his career as a hero.
Abdul-Mateen has extensive experience in genres, including his starring roles in Candyman,Watchmen of HBO andThe Matrix Resurrections. She currently stars in the Broadway revival ofTopdog/Underdog.
So far, the only other confirmed cast member of Wonder Man is Ben Kingsley, who will reprise his role as actor Trevor Slattery fromiron Man 3 Y Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings. Trevor’s inclusion seems to imply that the series wonder-man will support Simon’s quest to become a rich and famous actor.
Director of Shang Chi,Destin Daniel Cretton will executive produce wonder-man with writer Andrew Guest. Cretton is also expected to direct the series, which currently does not have a release date.