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Fans Cry Race Swap as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Set to Play Wonder Man in Upcoming MCU Series

Wonder Man

Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been tapped to play Marvel’s Wonder Man. The Emmy-winning actor is no stranger to superhero roles, as he has previously portrayed Black Manta. Marvel’s upcoming series will be developed for Disney+.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Wonder Man in the upcoming Disney+ show

The actor also starred in HBO’s Watchmen as Dr. Manhattan, where he won the accolade, and is part of movies such as Candyman, The Matrix Resurrection, and Ambulance.

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Who Is Marvel’s Wonder Man?

Marvel's Wonder Man
Marvel’s Wonder Man

Also known as Simon Williams, Wonder Man was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck in 1964. The character is not as famous as the other members of the Avengers but was once part of the team. He was introduced as an antagonist but reformed into a key character who later joined forces with Earth’s mightiest heroes.

Williams became the founding member of the West Coast Avengers and is famous for his job as an actor-stuntman. The creators also developed his story with close ties to Vision and Scarlet Witch.

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Andrew Guest and Destin Daniel Cretton to direct and produce Disney+ Wonder Man

The upcoming MCU series will be helmed by Hawkeye producer Andrew Guest and Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton. Fans will also recognize the fake Mandarin guy from Iron Man, Trevor Slattery (played by Ben Kingsley). So far, there is no definite schedule for the series premiere.

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Fans Criticize Casting For Swapping Race

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Fans comment on the character’s race swap

This is another case of race swapping in Marvel’s casting of characters. The hero is originally white in the comics, and the studio chose to hire Abdul-Mateen II for the role, akin to Samuel L. Jackson’s casting for Nick Fury.

Many fans voiced their opinions regarding the race swap. Check out their tweets below:

There has been fan casting going on for the said role even before the official announcement. Nathan Fillion was a strong contender, and even Henry Cavill and Keanu Reeves were also fan favorites.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Ariane Cruz

Content writer at FandomWire.