Wonder Man is coming to MCU. Marvel Cinematic Universe is working on bringing another Marvel comic superhero to the screens. According to the reports, the Shang-Chi director, Daniel Cretton is working on the series to introduce the character. Also, it was reported that Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s writer Andrew Guest is the head writer of the series. It is still in the early stages of development and would start filming by next year. Also known as Simon Williams, the character has connections with the story of Vision and the Scarlet Witch.
Who is Wonder Man in the Marvel comics?
Wonder Man was first introduced in The Avengers #9, published in the year 1964. He was created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck. Simon Williams was the son of Sanford Williams and owned the Williams Innovations. He inherited his father’s factory after his death but the company faces losses due to his inexperience and allows the growth of their rival, Tony Stark, the owner of Stark Industries.
He was first introduced as a villain. He blames Tony for his failure. Using his hatred against Stark Zemo and Enchantress win his favor. They make him the subject of their experiment and turn him into Wonder Man. He was the pawn of Zemo and Enchantress used to infiltrate Avengers.
But he has a change of heart and takes the side of the heroes. He apparently died in the same issue but he was revived again in The Avengers #58, published in the year 1968. It was because Hank Pym saved his brain patterns for the Avengers to use in the future. He was one of the founding members of West Coast Avengers. This issue also linked him to the Vision as he was made using his brain waves too. He starts seeing him as his brother. Also, he and the Scarlet Witch fall in love after the death of the Vision.
The origin of the powers of Wonder Man
The source of Wonder Man’s powers is the chemical and radiation treatment called ionic energy. Baron Zemo did it to Simon to give him powers comparable to any of the Avengers. But his experiment went better than he had expected and the strengths of Wonder Man became comparable to Thor.
The treatment gives Wonder Man superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility, and reflexes. In Avengers: The Children’s Crusade #3 revealed that he also has invulnerability and immortality. In later issues, he could even teleport at will. Hank Pym and Nadia Pym that Wonder Man even can absorb various forms of energy.
What powers will he have in the series? Would his story be the same as in the comics? We would have to wait for the studio to share more details about the character.