Marvel reportedly hired Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to lead their Wonder Man TV series.
According to Deadline (opens in new tab)Abdul-Mateen II left DC for Marvel, with the Aquaman and Watchmen star taking the lead role for the upcoming Disney Plus program of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Interestingly, the signing of Abdul-Mateen II to Marvel is the second exchange between the two comic book supergiants, with MCU director James Gunn hired as co-head of DC Studios in late October. However, while Gunn has worked for both Marvel and DC in recent years – he directs Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise and helmed the HBO Max series of The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker – Wonder Man marks the first time that Abdul-Mateen II will have worked with Maravilha.
In fact, the casting of Abdul-Mateen II as Wonder Man is arguably the most surprising exchange between Marvel and DC — or rather, Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD), which owns the DC comics. Actor Candyman has featured prominently in a number of WBD projects since 2018, including Aquaman, Watchmen, and The Matrix Resurrections. He will also reprise his role as Black Manta, the villain he played in Aquaman, in the sequel to the DC superhero movie Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom in March 2023.
Marvel has not officially commented on the casting of Abdul-Mateen II. We’ve reached out to the studio and will update this article if we receive a response.
If the signing of Abdul Mateen II is true, he will become the latest piece of the puzzle for the upcoming MCU show on Disney Plus, which was first announced in June. Andrew Guest is currently writing the scripts, while Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton will direct and produce the series. Ben Kingsley, who played amateur actor Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi, is also set to appear in the supposedly comedy-led Wonder Man project.
Analysis: Who is Wonder Man? What are his powers? And why is he linked to Wanda Maximoff?
Created by Marvel legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck, Wonder Man is a villain-turned-superhero who has great ties to other notable Marvel characters.
Making his comic book debut in The Avengers #9 in October 1964, Wonder Man – real name Simon Williams – is created by the supervillain known as Baron Zemo, who fans have seen in the MCU films Captain America: Civil War and The Falcon and the Soldier. winter .
Williams, whose family-owned munitions factory is having a hard time due to increasing competition from Stark Industries – yes, good old Tony is to blame for creating other Marvel Villain – Blames his fellow arms dealer for his predicament, which includes arrest after Williams is caught embezzling funds. Bailed by Zemo and Enchantress and fueled by a quest for revenge, Williams agrees to become a super-powered pawn for Zemo and company. By undergoing ion-based experiments, he is imbued with superhuman strength, durability, speed, stamina, reflexes, ionic energy manipulation, immortality, size alteration, and many other powers.
Infiltrating the Avengers compound, Wonder Man lures the supergroup into a trap, allowing Zemo’s Masters of Evil to capture them. However, Wonder Man changes his mind, frees the Avengers, and fights alongside them against Zemo. Wonder Man is presumably dead, but, unbeknownst to everyone, he has simply slipped into a coma. When he finally wakes up years later, Wonder Man becomes a mainstay in the formation of the West Coast Avengers, forming a close bond with the Beast of the X-Men and even entering into a romantic relationship with the Scarlet Witch.
It’s this love triangle between Scarlet Witch (aka Wanda Maximoff), Vision and Wonder Man that makes the upcoming Disney Plus show such a fascinating proposition.
On the one hand, the trio are inextricably linked to each other. In the comics, Wonder Man is a key component in Vision’s creation – it’s Williams’ brain waves that are used by Ultron to create the synthesized android in the first place. Later, when Vision is dismantled and rebuilt as White Vision – who made his MCU debut in WandaVision – Wanda seeks out Wonder Man with the goal of getting him to share his brainwaves once more so White Vision can become whole again. . However, Wonder Man refuses, as he has developed his own feelings for Wanda. Hey, love triangles are confusing.
How does all of this contribute to Wonder Man’s arrival in the MCU? Despite seemingly perishing during the end of Doctor Strange 2, many fans think Wanda isn’t dead. Meanwhile, White Vision is still in the MCU – the synthezoid flying in the final episode of WandaVision after his memories were restored by the Vision Wanda had created in her own mind.
Rumor has it that White Vision will have its own Disney Plus show or special presentation – thought to be titled Vision Quest (for Deadline (opens in new tab)) – so it’s possible this project will tie into the Wonder Man MCU series. If that’s the case, you can be sure that Wanda will appear in both series, thus cementing a key Marvel comics dynamic in the MCU.
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