Marvel has officially found its Wonder Man in Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is adding another comic book role to his resume as the actor has signed on to play Wonder Man in a Marvel Studios series coming to the Disney Plus streaming service. Abdul-Mateen joins Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley, who is reprising his role as Trevor Slattery.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is going from DC to Marvel
Readers should recognize Yahya Abdul-Mateen II from his work as Doctor Manhattan in the HBO limited series Watchmen and as Black Manta in Aquaman and its upcoming sequel. He was also featured in The Matrix Resurrections, playing incarnations of Morpheus and Agent Smith.
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 and Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Created by Stan Lee, Don Heck and Jack Kirby, Wonder Man made his first comic book apperance in the pages of The Avengers #9, which was published in October 1964. Also known as Simon Williams, Wonder Man was initially introduced as a villain before turning into a superhero and joining the Avengers. The upcoming Disney Plus marks his live-action debut.
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