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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Star in "Wonder Man" Marvel Series

Mon 31 Oct 2022 | 11:10 PM
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"Aquaman" alum Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play the titular role in "Wonder Man", one of the many Marvel Studios' projects being lined up for Disney +.

Created by writer Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby, Wonder Man was first introduced to Marvel Comics in 1964 via The Avengers #9.

The character also known as Simon Williams is the son of the industrialist Sanford Williams and assumes control of his munitions outfit following his passing, seeing its successes limited when it comes to competition with Tony Stark’s Stark Industries. 

The younger Williams gains ion-based superpowers, including super strength, while working under villainous Baron Zemo and establishing himself as an antagonist to The Avengers, though he later decides to become part of that same team. 

The live-action Wonder Man series was first announced as entering development in June, with Shang-Chi helmer Destin Daniel Cretton announcing his involvement.

Cretton will direct and exec produce, with Guest serving as head writer. 

The series will see the return of Oscar winner Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery — the supervillain turned good guy otherwise known as The Mandarin who has previously appeared in both "Iron Man 3" and "Shang-Chi".

Abdul-Mateen first tied himself to DC with 2018’s "Aquaman" and will reprise his role as David Kane aka Black Manta in the sequel "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom", which is slated for release on December 25, 2023.