Marvel Studios Casts Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as WONDER MAN For Disney+ Series

Marvel Studios has another new face coming into the MCU and that is none other than the hero WONDER MAN. Deadline now reports actor Yahya Abdul-Matten II has been cast in the role to lead the self-titled Disney+ series.

"Coming off of some of the best reviews of his career for his work in Broadway’s revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Suzan Lori Parks play Topdog/Underdog, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is preparing to move over from DC to Marvel as the lead for the studio’s Disney+ series Wonder Man.

"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 otherwise 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 into competition with Tony Stark’s Stark Industries. The younger Williams gains ion-based superpowers, including super strength, while working under the villainous Baron Zemo and establishing himself as an antagonist to The Avengers, though he later decides to become part of that same superhero team."

WONDER MAN will have SHANG-CHI director Destin Daniel Cretton direct and executive producer the series with HAWKEYE co-producer Andrew Guest as the series' head writer. Abdul-Mateen II has recently been in HBO's THE WATCHMEN, AQUAMAN as Black Manta and its sequel coming in 2023.