Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will reprise his function as DC Comics’ villainous Black Manta in subsequent 12 months’s Aquaman and the Misplaced Kingdom. Nevertheless, Abdul-Mateen goes to get an opportunity to painting a superhero of his personal within the Marvel Cinematic Universe as properly. Deadline is reporting that Abdul-Mateen has been forged as Simon Williams, aka Surprise Man, for his personal upcoming Disney+ sequence.
Don’t let the identify idiot you. Marvel’s Surprise Man has nothing to do with DC’s Surprise Lady. As a substitute, 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 finally sided with the Avengers and turned towards the Masters although it price him his life.
Surprise Man was revived within the ’70s and he grew to become an everyday a part of the Avengers comedian and a member of the staff. He additionally discovered fame as each a stuntman and an actor, which typically conflicted along with his profession as a hero.
Abdul-Mateen has intensive style expertise, together with his starring roles in Candyman (pictured above), HBO’s Watchmen, and The Matrix Resurrections. He’s at present starring within the Broadway revival of Topdog/Underdog.
Thus far, the one different confirmed forged member for Surprise Man is Ben Kingsley, who will reprise his function as actor Trevor Slattery from Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Trevor’s inclusion seems to indicate that the Surprise 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 Surprise Man alongside head author Andrew Visitor. Cretton can also be anticipated to direct the sequence, which doesn’t at present have a launch date.