While not officially announced by Marvel just yet, major trades have already revealed that a Wonder Man series is in development at Disney+.
Although there have already been rumors about who will star in the series swirling around the web, one new rumor alleges that there is actually one actor Marvel is actively courting for the role.
According to the site ScreenGeek, it seems as if Kevin Feige and company have their sights set on Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, The Matrix Resurrections). The site says that they stumbled across the actor’s name on a casting grid for the series.
Now it’s unclear if the actor has already been cast in the series or if he’s still in negotiations. Regardless, because this news has not been confirmed by Marvel or any other major trade it should be taken with a grain of salt.
This isn’t the only news we have on the series though. Additionally, our friends over at The Cosmic Circus have come forward with promising details about the show’s production.
According to the site, it’s currently in development under the working title “Callback.” This is a fitting reference considering that Wonder Man’s real life persona Simon Williams is an actor.
Additionally, TCC says that previously revealed writer Andrew Guest will be joined in the writer’s room by fellow Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribes Madeline Walter and Paul Bradford Welsh.
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.