Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play the titular role in Wonder Man, one of the many Marvel Studios’ projects being lined up for Disney Plus.


Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast in the lead role of Marvel StudiosWonder Man project for Disney Plus. The MCU role marks Abdul-Mateen II’s latest comic book character after previously starring in DC’s Aquaman film and HBO’s Watchmen series.


Marvel StudiosWonder Man series will be based on the comic book character of the same name, who was introduced in 1964’s The Avengers #9. Known as Simon Williams, the character made his debut as the son of an industrialist who inherited his father’s company upon the latter’s death. Bestowed with powers that include superhuman strength, speed, and ionic regenerative healing, Williams was later reimagined as an actor and stuntman who left The Avengers.

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Deadline broke the news of Abdul-Mateen II joining the Wonder Man series from Marvel Studios. Abdul-Mateen II will be joined by previously announced star Ben Kingsley, who reprises his role as Trevor Slattery, the actor who infamously impersonated the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 and was imprisoned for it by the true Mandarin in Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings. The Wonder Man series will be directed and executive produced by Shang-Chi helmer Destin Daniel Cretton. Furthermore, Hawkeye co-producer Andrew Guest will serve as head writer for Wonder Man.

As previously mentioned, Abdul-Mateen is no stranger to comic book roles. He is perhaps best known for portraying Black Manta in Aquaman and its upcoming sequel, but he received more acclaim for his performance as Doctor Manhattan in HBO’s Watchmen, for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award. Abdul-Mateen’s other credits include The Matrix Resurrections, in which he took over the role of Morpheus from Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Bay’s Ambulance, which saw him play the brother of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character. However, perhaps his most well-received role aside from Watchmen was as Bobby Seale in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.

So, Abdul-Mateen II no doubt has the blockbuster experience and acting credentials to expertly handle the role of Wonder Man. Though Abdul-Mateen received flack for referring to roles like those in Aquaman as clown work, it appears he’s more than game to try his hand at the silliness of the comic book world again.

It may also be worth noting that Wonder Man is still being referred to as a series. This may not be newsworthy, though some fans were curious to see if Wonder Man would become a Marvel Studios Special Presentation instead after Werewolf by Night reportedly changed up some of the company’s plans for Disney Plus.

Wonder Man is in development at Marvel Studios.

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Source: Deadline

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