Marvel Studios is already assembling the cast of their Wonder Man series for Disney+. According to Variety, Ben Kingsley is set to reprise his role of Trevor Slattery for the show.
Created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck in 1964, Wonder Man debuted in The Avengers #9. Simon Williams was initially introduced as a villain with ionic powers. Eventually, the character was reformed and even went on to join the Avengers. In the comics, it was also Wonder Man, whose brain pattern was copied to create the mental template for Vision.
In the comics, Williams was a failed actor and stuntman outside of his superheroic other life. The show is set to focus on this aspect of his character as it will reportedly be a Hollywood satire which would explain why Kingsley’s Slattery will appear in the show, given the character’s history as an actor.
The character first appeared in Iron Man 3, where he impersonated The Mandarin as part of Aldrich Killian’s plan. Most recently, he resurfaced as a prisoner of the real Mandarin, Xu Wenwu, in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, will executive produce the series, while Andrew Guest (Community and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will serve as head writer. The project is part of Cretton’s overall deal with Marvel Studios he signed after Shang-Chi.
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