It looks like Wonder Man is the newest Marvel superhero to get the screen treatment.
Bringing the comic book character to life is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton and Community scribe Andrew Guest who will serve as head writer.
Wonder Man is one of Marvel’s oldest characters. He was first introduced in 1964 in the pages of Avengers No 9. Initially a villain, Wonder Man appeared sporadically in the early Marvel Age but was reconceived as a hero and an Avenger in the late 1970s.
In the 1980s, the character became known as Simon Williams and was a founding member of the Los Angeles-based West Coast Avengers. Williams became a celebrity thanks to his day job as an actor and a stuntman, and his look mainly included a turtleneck, a red jacket and sunglasses.
In the comics, the character developed strong ties to Vision and Wanda/Scarlet Witch. He and Vision were implied to be brothers and after Vision had been dismantled, Wonder Man even began developing feelings for Wanda.
There’s no telling where or how Wonder Man will fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but seeing how Wanda’s story is continuously being expanded upon as seen in WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the possibilities are endless. Even House of Harkness, a spin-off of WandaVision that centres on the witch Agatha Harkness, could be a possible avenue that connects Wonder Man to the wider MCU too.
Marvel Studios has been on a roll lately. Its first-ever Disney+ series WandaVision first launched in 2021 and since then, the studio has released The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki and Hawkeye. Moon Knight recently finished streaming and is now in Emmy Award campaign mode. Ms Marvel just started its run and has been generating some of the best reviews of any Marvel show so far. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is due to hit the streamer in August and will be followed by Samuel L Jackson’s Secret Invasion. Ironheart is on deck after that.
In addition, a second season of Loki and a new Daredevil series are also in development.
Wonder Man is not Cretton’s only project at the moment. The director is also developing a sequel to Shang-Chi and will direct and executive produce a series adaptation of Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese for Disney+ too.