RUMOR: Yaha Abdul-Mateen II in Talks to Join the MCU as Wonder Man

According to a new report, Aquaman and Candyman star Yaha Abdul-Mateen II is in talks to add a third man to his resume: Wonder Man. According to Screen Geeks, the information comes from a casting grid that also indicates the Marvel Studios streaming series is casting from a female lead and a talent manager for Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man.

The report indicates that talks with the star are ongoing, meaning it’s not a sure thing that Abdul-Mateen will ultimately take on the role of the Ionic Avenger. In the comics, Williams was born into a wealthy family as one of the sons of Sanford Williams, a successful weapons manufacturer. When Simon’s brother, Eric, declined to take over the company, Simon did…and shortly ran it into the ground. Eric, who became the villain known as the Grim Reaper, came to his brother’s aid by setting him up with some shady characters. Eventually, Simon found himself in debt to Baron Zemo, who experimented on him turning him into Wonder Man, a being composed of ionic energy. A few wild turns later, Simon was an Avenger who then became a stuntman, taking advantage of his inability to sustain damage.

The MCU series will be produced by Destin Daniel Cretton and is being written by Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribe Andrew Guest. It’s believed that it will be a Hollywood parody and pick up Simon as a failed actor. No timeline has been given for production on the show and Marvel Studios has yet to officially place in among their two upcoming phases, but if casting is underway now, it would be reasonable to assume it might begin filming in the first quarter of 2023.

Source: Screen Geeks

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