On Friday, Borys Kit of the Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed that Disney is in the early stages of development for a new Wonder Man series. According to Kit’s report, Daniel Destin Cretton (who knocked it out of the park as writer/director of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) will work with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Community writer Andrew Guest to bring the show to life.
Joe Otterson of Variety also added that he’s heard the series may be developed as a Hollywood satire.
I have also heard that this show could be a Hollywood satire, but that is not 100% confirmed. It would make sense given Wonder Man's backstory as an actor and stuntman in the comics #WonderMan https://t.co/RJ8PLFg7G8
— Joe Otterson (@JoeOtterson) June 16, 2022
Despite not being an A-list character, Wonder Man (aka Simon Williams) has been around since the 1960s. He was originally a villain who held Tony Stark responsible for the downfall of his father’s company (which he’d been embezzling from).
Baron Zemo offered Williams an experimental treatment, which gave him superhuman strength and durability. Zemo also made it so that he would require regular treatment to stay alive. In a ruse to gain the Avengers’ trust, he came to them for help. After observing how kind they were to him, Williams had a crisis of conscience and decided not to betray them after all.
Wonder Man died a hero, but was inevitably resurrected via a storyline far too convoluted than we have the time/patience to describe here. All you need to know is that he returned with the ability to fly, project ionic energy blasts, and superhuman healing. He can also change into pure ionic energy, which allows him to teleport and shapeshift.
Also, as stated above by Otterson, Williams at one point worked as a Hollywood stunt double — a profession that greatly benefitted from his superhuman strength and invulnerability.
No news on casting has been announced yet, although I think we all know that Nathan Fillion was born to play this role. In fact, Fillion was supposed to appear as Wonder Man in a cameo for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The scene was filmed, but ultimately cut.
Depending on his shooting schedule with The Rookie, things might be lining up just right for Fillion to finally join the MCU.
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