Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is making the move from the DCEU to the MCU, as the titular star of the upcoming Disney+ series Wonder Man.
The Wonder Man series was first announced as in June, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings helmer Destin Daniel Cretton and Hawkeye co-producer Andrew Guest both announcing their involvement. Cretton will direct and executive produce, with Guest serving as head writer. Also previously announced is the return of Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery for the show.
The series centres on one of Marvel's oldest characters: Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man. In the comics, Williams is an actor, stuntman, and the son of a wealthy industrialist whose company falls on hard times due to competition from Stark Industries. Williams then gains ionic superpowers to fight the Avengers, though he ultimately joins their team.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is best known in the superhero genre for his role in HBO’s Watchmen series as Cal Abar, aka Doctor Manhattan. The actor also starred in Aquaman as David Kane, aka Black Manta and will return next year for its sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. The actor also recently appeared in Michael Bay's Ambulance, The Matrix Resurrections, Nia DaCosta's Candyman, and many more.