Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will reprise his position as DC Comics’ villainous Black Manta in subsequent 12 months’s Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom. Nonetheless, Abdul-Mateen goes to get an opportunity to painting a superhero of his personal within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as nicely. Deadline is reporting that Abdul-Mateen has been forged as Simon Williams, aka Marvel Man, for his personal upcoming Disney+ sequence.
Don’t let the identify idiot you. Marvel’s Marvel Man has nothing to do with DC’s Marvel Lady. As an alternative, Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby created Simon Williams as a one-off Avengers villain in 1964. Inside his debut story, Simon was a disgraced govt who was given superpowers by the Masters of Evil in return for infiltrating the Avengers and betraying them. Regardless, Simon in the end sided with the Avengers and turned towards the Masters regardless that it price him his life.
Marvel Man was revived within the ’70s and he grew to become an everyday a part of the Avengers comedian and a member of the crew. He additionally discovered fame as each a stuntman and an actor, which generally conflicted along with his profession as a hero.
Abdul-Mateen has in depth style expertise, together with his starring roles in Candyman (pictured above), HBO’s Watchmen, and The Matrix Resurrections. He’s presently starring within the Broadway revival of Topdog/Underdog.
To this point, the one different confirmed forged member for Marvel Man is Ben Kingsley, who will reprise his position as actor Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Trevor’s inclusion seems to suggest that the Marvel Man sequence will lean into Simon’s quest to develop into a wealthy and well-known actor.
Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton will govt produce Marvel Man alongside head author Andrew Visitor. Cretton can be anticipated to direct the sequence, which doesn’t presently have a launch date.