Deadline brings word of a tragic incident at CBS Radford Studios involving a crew member working on the set of Marvel’s Disney Plus series Wonder Man. According to the trade, a rigger tragically fell from the rafters on Tuesday morning and passed away. At the time of the accident, filming was not underway, but preparations for the series were in progress, as it was gearing up for production following the end of last year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
In response to this heartbreaking incident, Marvel Studios issued a statement confirming the tragedy on the Wonder Man set. A spokesperson for Marvel expressed: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends, and our support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this accident.”
Wonder Man does not yet have a premiere date, but it has been confirmed for release on Disney Plus. The series stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Simon Williams, a character who evolves into the titular superhero Wonder Man. Ben Kingsley is set to reprise his role as Trevor Slattery, a character he portrayed in both Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi.
Who is Marvel’s Wonder Man?
Wonder Man is a superhero from the Marvel Comics universe with a unique backstory. Created by Stan Lee and Don Heck in 1964, Wonder Man was originally a successful businessman who underwent a dangerous experiment to gain superhuman powers. However, his powers came with a weakness to ionic energy, making him vulnerable to attacks from other ionic-powered beings.
Wonder Man has been a member of several superhero teams, including the Avengers and the West Coast Avengers. He has also had a complicated romantic relationship with Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. the Scarlet Witch. Marvel’s Disney Plus series is expected to delve deep into Wonder Man’s complex history and personality.
Andrew Guest (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Community) is leading the writing team of the Wonder Man series, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings helmer Destin Daniel Cretton on board as an executive producer. Cretton is also expected to direct an unspecified number of episodes before moving on to the yet-to-be-titled Shang-Chi sequel.
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