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Who is the MCU’s Wonder Man? Where you’ve seen Yahya Abdul-Mateen

Abdul-Mateen will be dominating both the MCU and DCEU.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been tapped to play Wonder Man in the upcoming Disney Plus series of the same name. If neither of those monikers ring a bell, their related media certainly will. Here’s how Abdul-Mateen and Wonder Man tie into the great comic book hero universe.

Meet Marvel’s Wonder Man

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For those unfamiliar with secondary comic book characters, Wonder Man (AKA Simon Williams) is a Marvel Comics superhuman who debuted in 1964. Possessing a range of ion-enhanced physical and psychic powers, he has been both an Avenger and the Avengers’ nemesis. Wonder Man will likely be a hero in his eponymous MCU series, which is being developed by Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton and is set to feature Ben Kingsley as familiar MCU foe-turned-friend Trevor Slattery. A release date is not known.

Abdul-Mateen’s previous superhero roles

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Thirty-six-year-old Abdul-Mateen is already a DC darling. He has played two different DC characters in three screen adaptations: Black Manta in the film Aquaman and its upcoming sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom and Doctor Manhattan in the HBO miniseries Watchmen. When Wonder Man debuts, Abdul-Mateen will be one of the few DC/Marvel crossover actors.

Outside of the superhero genre, Abdul-Mateen has appeared as Morpheus in The Matrix Resurrections, Bobby Seale in The Trial of the Chicago 7, Candyman in Candyman, and a VR fighter/fucker in the “Striking Vipers” episode of Black Mirror.

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Shane Fraser