Two months ago a Wonder Man series was confirmed to be in development by The Hollywood Reporter. During Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con last month, however, the project was not even acknowledged.
While we’re sure to get an official announcement and additional details at D23 next month, one industry insider claims to have some promising new information about the project.
According to Daniel Richtman, the series is eyeing a 2023 start. Unfortunately he couldn’t clarify whether the series would begin filming sooner or later in the year. Because producer Destin Daniel Cretton will probably spend the latter part of the year preparing to film Avengers; Kang’s Dynasty, it would make the most sense for production to begin in the first half of the year.
That’s not all though. Richtman also says that Marvel is looking for a “big name” to fill the role.
For the last few weeks, there have been additional rumors that Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins) could be in the running to play the character. While he is a pretty good actor, personally I don’t think he’s that big of a star (yet). Marvel might feel differently, but truthfully at this point they can get anyone for anything. So it’ll be really interesting to see who ultimately ends up with the role.
As always, because this info has not necessarily been confirmed by a major trade or Marvel Studios, we urge you to take it with a grain of salt.
Now, this won’t technically be Wonder Man’s first planned appearance in the MCU. Originally James Gunn planned to have Nathan Fillion cameo as the character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Over the course of the first few episodes of WandaVision, there were also Easter eggs that suggested the character might appear. You might even recall that in one interview with the series’ showrunner Jac Schaeffer a blurred out poster of the character appeared in the back. Those all obviously turned out to be (brilliant) red herrings.
For those unfamiliar with the character, his real name is Simon Williams. While he was originally conceived as a villain in the 1960s, he was later reimagined as a hero and went on to be a founding member and key leader of the West Coast Avengers.
Unlike most of the characters in the MCU, Williams does not have any superpowers. Rather, he relies on his swift intellect and combat skills to fight crime. His experience as a former actor and stuntman also help whenever he needs to go undercover for a mission.
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SOURCE: Daniel RPK