One of the most underrated and underappreciated Avengers ever — according to Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel — is Wonder Man. SYFY WIRE's Danny Roth via Mike Avila covers the history of the "hard-lucked" Avenger in our latest In 2 Minutes video, so let's take a quick dive into the history of the Marvel character...
Created by Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby, Wonder Man, real name Simon Williams, first appeared in the pages of The Avengers #9 back in October 1964... in which he seemingly died. Ooops. In fact, Wonder Man died twice over the course of several decades and his brain was even copied on that of another Avenger, Vision, which would later lead to Williams developing romantic feelings for Vision's wife, Scarlet Witch, since they basically share the same brain.
After his death in 1964, the character made an appearance in a comatose state in Avengers #102 in 1972 but was revived by the villainous Kang three years later and by various other Marvel villains over the course of several years. It wasn't until Avengers #160 in 1977 that Wonder Man finally recovered and joined the Avengers full-time, later becoming a member of the West Coast Avengers.
Simon Williams was originally meant to cameo in director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in a series of movie posters that were ultimately cut from the film (in the comics, Williams moved to the West Coast and became an actor at some point). He was played by none other than Captain Mal Reynolds himself, Nathan Fillion. There was even a scene filmed where Fillion played Williams playing Marvel Comics character Arkon, also cut from the finished product.
See Exhibits A and B below:
Which means Wonder Man is part of the MCU somehow, somewhere.
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Additional material by Nathalie Caron.