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Wondering About Wonder Man?

Wonder Man

One of Marvel’s Most Powerful Heroes is Heading to Disney Plus

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a history of taking C and D tier comic characters and making them into household names. These unknown figures turned Hollywood heavy hitters range from Rocket Raccoon to Shang-Chi. With the MCU continually expanding its universe and roster of characters, the film franchise is turning to yet another obscure character: Wonder Man. 

Comic Origins

Wonder Man—aka Simon Williams—was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck in 1964. The character first appeared as a brainwashed antagonist in The Avengers issue 9. While he was able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man, he eventually broke free from his trance and would go on to join the team’s ranks. 

Simon Williams gained his hero name and abilities due to a series of experiments that the villain Baron Zemo—currently played in the MCU by Daniel Brühl—performed on him. By the end of these trials, Williams had completely transformed into a being of pure energy. Since he is no longer physically human, Williams can heal from any injury, and he no longer needs to eat, drink, breath, or sleep to survive. However, this isn’t the extent of his abilities. Williams possesses enhanced senses, super speed, and super strength. He can also manipulate ionic energy in order to allow himself to fly, teleport, shapeshift, create ionic constructs, and fire powerful energy blasts.

Casting

When it was announced that Wonder Man would be getting his own show on Disney Plus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II was revealed to be cast as the titular character. Abdul-Mateen is no newcomer to starring in comic book adaptations. The actor played Black Manta in 2018’s Aquaman and Doctor Manhattan in HBO’s Watchmen series. He has also appeared in The Matrix Resurrections, Black Mirror, and the Oscar-nominated The Trial of the Chicago 7

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What We Know About The Series so Far

While few specifics are known about the show’s plot, the show is supposedly set in Los Angeles where it will follow Simon Williams’s life as a Hollywood professional turned superhero. Williams will struggle with his new powers, vanity, and the appearance of his villainous brother, the Grim Reaper. The series will have 10 episodes and premieres on Disney Plus. No release date is currently known.

When it comes to notable names attached to this project, Abdul-Mateen isn’t alone. The series will be produced and partially directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Cretton directed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and—following the completion of the Wonder Man series—will direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Ben Kingsley will return to his role as Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3, and Demetrius Grosse has been cast as the Grim Reaper.

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While Wonder Man was a character previously only known to hardcore comic fans, the Wonder Man series seems to have more and more potential. With the director of one of phase four’s most well-received films set to helm the series and a talented, award-nominated actor set to star, the series certainly isn’t lacking in talent. Even within the Marvel universe, Wonder Man’s arrival seems like it will shake things up. Wonder Man’s comic history not only connects him to established MCU characters like Zemo, Iron Man, and Vision, but his power level stands out among many of the recently-introduced heroes. With Kang the Conqueror’s tech and time manipulation abilities potentially making him even more of a threat than Thanos, Wonder Man may be exactly who the Avengers need to take on the time traveling tyrant.

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Ethan Mallory joined the Dead Talk News team in 2023. Aside from writing for Dead Talk News, he has also worked as a student editor for the Short Vine Literary Journal. Ethan is currently pursuing a film major and an English minor at the University of Cincinnati. While working for Dead Talk News, he has covered trending horror and action film news and written comic reviews.