WONDER MAN Gets A Bleak Update Following Destin Daniel Cretton's AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY Departure

WONDER MAN Gets A Bleak Update Following Destin Daniel Cretton's AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY Departure WONDER MAN Gets A Bleak Update Following Destin Daniel Cretton's AVENGERS: THE KANG DYNASTY Departure

Following the news that filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton will no longer helm Avengers: The Kang Dynasty for Marvel Studios, we have a pretty bleak update about the director's other MCU project, Wonder Man.

By JoshWilding - Nov 17, 2023 06:11 AM EST
Filed Under: Wonder Man
Source: John Rocha

Earlier this week, we learned Daniel Destin Cretton will no longer direct Avengers: The Kang Dynasty for Marvel Studios. The news was shared by the trades, with all of them mentioning the filmmaker's plans to helm the Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' sequel while remaining involved with Wonder Man

That's being developed as a Disney+ series now set to fall under the Marvel Spotlight banner...assuming it's still happening, of course. 

You'll recall that MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios author Joanna Robinson recently revealed that she's heard, "They're trashing the Wonder Man project." Today, John Rocha is backing up her comments by making some bold claims about where things stand with the show. 

"The idea that he's going to be working on the Wonder Man series is cover," the podcaster claims. "From what I'm being told, the actors were told to move on from the Wonder Man series and, if they were going to do it, they were gonna be starting from scratch."

Rocha would go on to compare this situation to how many of the DCEU's actors have been dismissed from the DCU, with the vague promise they might return somewhere down the line. If so, that could mean Cretton (who has yet to comment on The Kang Dynasty news) and Marvel Studios may be done. 

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When it comes to Wonder Man, Andrew Guest was tapped to serve as Head Writer with Cretton helming the first two episodes. Hopefully, the strikes have just meant Marvel Studios is making some improvements to the project - which has never been officially announced - rather than scrapping it altogether. 

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been tapped to play Wonder Man, with Sir Ben Kingsley set to reprise his Iron Man 3 role as Trevor Slattery. In April, Demetrius Grosse was confirmed as The Grim Reaper, while quite a few A-Listers - including Ed Harris, Bob Odenkirk, and Courtney Cox - are rumoured to appear.

Wonder Man made his Marvel Comics debut in the pages of Avengers #9 in 1964. Initially a villain, he was later retconned and became a hero (and an Avenger) in the 1970s. The Grim Reaper is his brother, and his brainwaves were used by Ultron as a basis for The Vision; later, he joined the West Coast Avengers and became a Hollywood star. 

Here's how Shang-Chi himself, Simu Liu, appeared to react to that big Avengers: The Kang Dynasty news...

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FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 11/17/2023, 6:28 AM
Yahya can’t catch a break with these bozos
tmp3
tmp3 - 11/17/2023, 7:20 AM
@FireandBlood - Watchmen put him in the hall of fame CB performances for me - ASS makeup but his performance was fantastic. Shame Aquaman 2 is gonna be the biggest L of 2023 tho
JRM1995
JRM1995 - 11/17/2023, 9:42 AM
@tmp3 - Nah, by far that will be The Marvels, which might not even match Blue Beetle, LOL.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 11/17/2023, 6:30 AM
Oh no! Who could have ever predicted that this would happen?

Oh no! The Shang Chi director isn't going to replace the guys that made the best films in the MCU canon?

What's that chick that did The Eternals up to? Can't we get her to do the next six or seven MCU projects? That shit was riveting.
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 11/17/2023, 6:34 AM
Oh no, Wonder Man is not happening anymore... Anyways...
bobevanz
bobevanz - 11/17/2023, 6:46 AM
Start it all from scratch
Origame
Origame - 11/17/2023, 6:50 AM
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
MartianManHuntr
MartianManHuntr - 11/17/2023, 6:56 AM


GhostDog
GhostDog - 11/17/2023, 6:56 AM
These rumors and updates from podcasters and scoopers are getting old.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 11/17/2023, 6:58 AM
@GhostDog - getting?

Sabre81
Sabre81 - 11/17/2023, 10:29 AM
@GhostDog - Oh, didn't you see? For a while now Josh loves quoting his new Bible 'MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios' which is actually a big opinion piece...just like him.
The1st
The1st - 11/17/2023, 1:20 PM
@Sabre81 - Just him...what about Ruby or Hamilton? Seriously though if you want to know something that doesn't generally come off as old school Fox repoting you have to write it yourself...or load up on popcorn.
Sabre81
Sabre81 - 11/17/2023, 1:50 PM
@The1st - Ah yes, the Josh variants! Haven't seen them in a while (sometimes I don't come here for a good bit) so may have missed them or just thought the TVA got them. Noticed Mark has quoted that book too. Wasn't as bad as when Josh first read it and we got 20 articles about it. Think he got a backhander for that.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 11/17/2023, 6:59 AM
I say this as someone who likes Rocha…



I really am tired of these online “scoopers”.
Bucnastydathird
Bucnastydathird - 11/17/2023, 7:03 AM
If wonder man doesn't interact with beast in none of the episodes then I ain't watching lol shawty
Vigor
Vigor - 11/17/2023, 7:06 AM
If I recall, wonder man was in secret wars comic. I wonder if even the idea of introducing him now is all in lead up to secret wars movie. Quite a few of the characters that have been introduced and never seen again [yet] were featured in that comic

Early on people criticized cap 3 civil war movie for being a "skirmish" since the # of characters paled in comparison to the civil war comic. I wonder if Feigr took that personally lol. And that's partly why we have so many in addition to feeding the Disney plus monster. The downside to having so many characters is your audience doesn't know who to care for
Matador
Matador - 11/17/2023, 9:29 AM
@Vigor - Funny your targeting me about my bad grammar but your have some mistakes in your sentences.
Vigor
Vigor - 11/17/2023, 9:37 AM
@Matador - at least its legible. Your message in the other thread made my head spin.
Matador
Matador - 11/17/2023, 9:47 AM
@Vigor - Yours had some fumbling around with your words.

"Early on people criticized Cap 3 civil war movie for being a "skirmish" since several characters paled in comparison to the civil war comic.

I wonder if Feige took that personally and that's partly why we have so many additional shows/movies feeding Disney + monster. The downside to having so many characters is your audience doesn't know who to care for."

You had no period at the end of your sentence make it a run-on sentence.


Vigor
Vigor - 11/17/2023, 10:22 AM
@Matador - lol ok buddy i know i got under your skin but move on with your life
Matador
Matador - 11/17/2023, 1:39 PM
@Vigor - You didn't but you wanted to play this game so I just wanted to show I can play too at nitpicking bullshit.
Vigor
Vigor - 11/17/2023, 2:16 PM
@Matador - fair enough
marvel72
marvel72 - 11/17/2023, 7:36 AM
No loss really.
Radders
Radders - 11/17/2023, 7:49 AM
"Wonder Man" was never happening even when the show was, so no loss
WakandanQueen
WakandanQueen - 11/17/2023, 7:50 AM
Scooper culture has been very much nonsense this past month for cbm stuff so I'm not buying this really. What's the point of covering it? Marvel scrapping projects that are not working would give some positive buzz.
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 11/17/2023, 7:54 AM
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 11/17/2023, 8:11 AM
Make Mateen Kang and move on
Nomis929
Nomis929 - 11/17/2023, 8:33 AM
Dag... I was looking forward to more Trevor Slattery antics.

mountainman
mountainman - 11/17/2023, 8:52 AM
Let’s find a better project to bring Bob Odenkirk into the MCU now.
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 11/17/2023, 11:42 AM
@mountainman - Norman Osborne...
mountainman
mountainman - 11/17/2023, 12:10 PM
@Urubrodi - Id be down for that. Odenkirk only occasionally gets that chance to be truly dark and menacing, but he can do it well. And his more typical jovial personality could work well for the public image Osborn portrays.
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 11/17/2023, 1:23 PM
@mountainman - Exactly. If they did in the MCU a similar approach to Norman as the PlayStation games, Odenkirk would nail it.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 11/17/2023, 9:54 AM
Wonder Man is one of those characters that could function just as well in a Special Presentation imo. Maybe even as a holiday special. It's a fun character, but not one that requires a whole show imo
Goldboink
Goldboink - 11/17/2023, 10:52 AM
@bkmeijer1 -
He's one of those characters that only comic fans give a hoot about. Among the many many projects that nobody wants or needs.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 11/17/2023, 11:29 AM
@Goldboink - there are probably a few who want them, but not enough to give these characters full shows.

Think the same goes for Echo and Agatha. Guess they're already going another direction with the Spotlight banner, so could throw these c/d-characters under that banner too
Goldboink
Goldboink - 11/17/2023, 11:36 AM
@bkmeijer1 -
I honestly think hubris played an oversized role in many of the failures. They were convinced that people would watch anything Marvel related. I think Agatha, with Katheryn Hahn taking a start turn may have been justified. Not sure about Echo. Wonder Man is kind of out of left field.


bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 11/17/2023, 1:58 PM
@Goldboink - I agree. I see it being mentioned Disney breathing down Marvel Studios' and Kevin Feige's neck for Disney+ content playing a role too, but hubris might be the bigger reason imo.

If they hadn't thought they could have everybody watch everything, they wouldn't have made so much shows.
Goldboink
Goldboink - 11/17/2023, 2:43 PM
@bkmeijer1 -
They took a lot of chances, which is good in many ways. I just didn't like a lot of the stuff they did, especially the films. The D+ stuff was also hit or miss for me but the hits worked really well. I think they will have problems with the new Cap movie as well as Thunderbolts. Exactly nobody really wanted to see Falcon Cap in a movie.
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