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The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

In the actual world, the word “Illuminati” has come to refer to any number of ostensibly powerful secret organizations that, according to many popular conspiracy theories, govern parts of global society from behind the scenes.  However, in the Marvel Universe, this conspiracy theory is taken to a whole new level, first by making it a concrete part of Marvel continuity, but also by elevating the group from a secretive cabal of shadowy figures to a conglomeration of six of Marvel’s most powerful heroes who secretly undertake dangerous and world-threatening missions to ensure the stability of their reality.  There are five other original Illuminati members in comics, and their concealed acts in the Marvel Universe range from acquiring the Infinity Stones to taking on the cosmic entity the Beyonder – which may eventually be part of the key to determining what role the Illuminati may play in the MCU.  What exactly are the Illuminati, and how have they influenced the Marvel Universe? Who are the secretive supervillain gang known as the Cabal, the Illuminati’s nemesis? And what does any of this have to do with the most life-altering incident in Marvel Comics history? 

The Illuminati, a hidden council of superheroes that operate behind the scenes, is currently active in the MCU. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe now has an Illuminati. 

It’s not a matter of whether or whether the secret council of Marvel superheroes will appear in Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, but of who will be on it. 

And if you’ve watched the movie, you’ll recognize them. 

We won’t disclose those surprises here and now since the film hasn’t even been released yet, but suffice it to say that Marvel Studios included Patrick Stewart’s voice in the trailer for a purpose. 

And we’ll leave it there (for now). 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

But, for the time being, we can discuss the Illuminati’s Marvel comic book history and what the arrival of the Illuminati may signify for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

In the actual world, the word “Illuminati” has come to refer to any number of ostensibly powerful secret organizations that, according to many popular conspiracy theories, govern parts of global society from behind the scenes. 

However, in the Marvel Universe, this conspiracy theory is taken to a whole new level, first by making it a concrete part of Marvel continuity, but also by elevating the group from a secretive cabal of shadowy figures to a conglomeration of six of Marvel’s most powerful heroes who secretly undertake dangerous and world-threatening missions to ensure the stability of their reality. 

There are five other original Illuminati members in comics, and their concealed acts in the Marvel Universe range from acquiring the Infinity Stones to taking on the cosmic entity the Beyonder – which may eventually be part of the key to determining what role the Illuminati may play in the MCU. 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

What exactly are the Illuminati, and how have they influenced the Marvel Universe? Who are the secretive supervillain gang known as the Cabal, the Illuminati’s nemesis? And what does any of this have to do with the most life-altering incident in Marvel Comics history? 

It doesn’t take the world’s finest telepath to answer these questions; all you need is a few minutes to join us as we delve into Marvel’s Illuminati’s history and probable future. 

What exactly are the Illuminati? 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

Iron Man brought together the original Marvel Universe group known as the Illuminati in the aftermath of the ‘Kree/Skrull War’ storyline, first as a sort of ‘think tank’ composed to try and form what Tony Stark calls a kind of “superhero government,” based on his realization that the heroes of Earth could have done much more to prevent the Kree/Skrull War’s impact had they been more communicative about their collective encounters with the Kree and 

This inaugural meeting has Stark, Xavier (X-Men leader), Reed Richards-Mister Fantastic, Doctor Strange (Sorcerer Supreme), Namor the Sub-Mariner (King of Atlantis), Black Bolt (King of the Inhumans), and Black Panther (King of Wakanda). 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

Though the group rejects Stark’s idea of a superhero bureaucracy (which he later partially implements in the story ‘Civil War’ as the Super-Human Registration Act), everyone present except Black Panther agrees that they should keep in touch in order to exchange information and coordinate their actions. The Black Panther Party disagrees, claiming that such a group is likely to swiftly overstep its intended limitations in possibly damaging ways. 

Unfortunately, T’Challa is proving to be partly correct as time passes. Throughout the New Avengers: Illuminati limited series, the group first meets to trade intelligence, but they swiftly begin carrying out their own missions and activities in secret – with most of the organization’s major machinations ultimately backfiring on them. 

Though a complete catalog of the Illuminati’s attempted – and failed – manipulations of the Marvel Universe would take an inordinate amount of time, their ‘best hits’ demonstrate the type of influence they’ve had on Marvel continuity events. 

  • Following a botched mission among the Skrulls, the Skrulls gain the ability to shape-shift covertly, leading in the narrative Secret Invasion. 
  • In the narrative Planet Hulk, Hulk is banished to the planet Sakaar, only to return to Earth and wreak devastation in his quest for revenge against the Illuminati in World War Hulk. 
  • The Illuminati seeks to re-empower the hidden hero the Sentry while cleansing him of his malevolent dark side, the Void, instead exposing him to Norman Osborn’s manipulation and the devastation of Asgard (more on that momentarily). 
  • Reed Richards gathers the Infinity Stones in an effort to destroy them, but instead earns the wrath of the Watcher, compelling the Illuminati members to each guard one of the stones (Stark gets the Reality Stone, Xavier gets the Mind Stone, Namor gets the Time Stone, Black Bolt gets the Space Stone, Strange gets the Soul Stone, and Reed himself takes the Power Stone). 
  • The Illuminati intervenes in both the first Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars and its sequel Secret Wars II to attempt to destroy the all-powerful Beyonder while the other heroes are unaware. Though they fail the first time, they are slightly successful the second time. 

That last scene with the Beyonder, although featuring some strange plot beats that violated known continuity and were subsequently revised or disregarded, really sets off a series of events that leads to nothing short than the complete death and rebirth of Marvel’s entire cosmos. 

But, before then, the Illuminati would go through a kind of death and rebirth, with the original organization disbanding during the events of the Civil War, and members of the organisation being divided amongst the many factions of the fight and its aftermath. 

The Illuminati would not remain dormant – or hidden – for long, as their past error with the Infinity Stones would be the trigger for their return and the exposing of their secrets to the rest of the Marvel Universe. 

The Marvel Universe’s Illuminati 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

As many of Marvel’s Illuminati’s great scientific minds can testify, one of the basic principles of physics is that for every action, there is an equal and opposite response – and that philosophical concept holds true in the case of the Illuminati. 

Following the one-two punch of Civil War and Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn becomes the leader of a new SHIELD-type agency dubbed HAMMER, which he swiftly begins utilizing for his own malicious purposes. 

In addition to becoming the head of HAMMER and adopting the persona of Iron Patriot to organize his own Dark Avengers squad, Osborn establishes his own secret society of supervillains (DC, please don’t sue me!) Doctor Doom, the Hood, Loki (then disguised as a woman), Emma Frost, and, bizarrely, Namor – who was still theoretically a member of the shrinking Illuminati at the time. 

The plot of the so-called Cabal leads to the narrative Siege, in which Loki is installed as king of Asgard, which is thus hovering high above the town of Broxton, Oklahoma as its own sovereign city-state rather than being on its own distinct plane of reality. Instead, when his conquering plans fail, Osborn deploys his Dark Avengers, notably the Sentry (who, as previously stated, was mistakenly pulled into Osborn’s fold by the Illuminati themselves), to destroy Asgard and bring it tumbling to the earth. 

Some of the Illuminati’s shortcomings begin to resurface at this point, and the society is compelled to re-unite in order to overcome the civil war-induced schism. 

Following the disbanding of Osborn’s Cabal, the Hood (a villainous mobster who wears a demon-possessed cloak) started assembling the Infinity Stones originally concealed by the Illuminati into his own Infinity Gauntlet utilizing the demonic power of his cloak. Naturally, this compels the Illuminati to reassemble – and, more importantly, forces them to disclose not only their presence but also their machinations to the rest of Marvel’s heroes. 

Though the Hood is defeated, the Illuminati’s mistakes resurface, with the rest of the heroes mistrusting the group members for new reasons – while Black Bolt, then presumed dead, is replaced in the Illuminati by his queen Medusa, and Captain America is welcomed into the fold as the new guardian of the Space Stone. 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. This sets off a new round of macrocosmic issues for the Illuminati, beginning in Avengers vs. X-Men, in which Namor, along with numerous other mutants, is possessed by the Phoenix Force, resulting in the murder of Professor X and fresh fissures among the Marvel Universe’s heroes. 

Meanwhile, the metaphorical cracks in the Marvel Universe begin to become tangible, as a series of events known as ‘Incursions’ lead the many worlds of Marvel’s Multiverse to clash and be destroyed. 

To examine possible answers, Black Panther forms a new Illuminati, this time including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Bolt, Namor, Doctor Strange, and Beast of the X-Men, who took Xavier’s position on the team following his death in Avengers vs. X-Men. 

The Illuminati ultimately manages to halt one of the occurrences when Captain America uses the Infinity Gauntlet to divide the worlds before they clash, after a series of unsuccessful efforts to prevent these ‘Incursions’ between other planets before they reach the Marvel 616 Universe. However, this comes at a high cost, since the Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Stones are shattered. 

With no other options, the Illuminati begin working on a doomsday device that can destroy other realities before they collide with the core Marvel Universe – though Captain America objects to any plan that involves being directly responsible for destroying an entire Universe, even if it means saving their own. As a consequence, the gang briefly mind wipes Captain America, erasing all of their previous acts from his recollection. 

Cap ultimately remembered everything the Illuminati had done to him, including mindwiping him. And, although this rekindles tensions among the Avengers, it’s too late to prevent what’s to come. The Illuminati eventually fail to halt the Incursions, which are revealed to be the work of an omnipotent species known as the Beyonders, which is linked to the Illuminati’s ancient opponent of the same name. 

Only Doctor Doom is capable of preventing the annihilation of every single Marvel reality by assembling Battleworld, a conglomeration of the scraps of numerous Marvel realities that Doom was able to save, using his combined mastery of science and magic, as well as the reality manipulating power of Owen Reese the Molecule Man. As a consequence, in the 2015/16 Secret Wars revival arc, Marvel’s whole Multiverse is destroyed and recreated – the aforementioned ‘death and rebirth of the Multiverse.’ 

Since then, the Illuminati hasn’t reformed (as far as readers and individuals in the Marvel Universe are aware), but there’s always the possibility that fresh secret adventures and manipulations have happened behind the scenes, like with the group’s first introduction. 

The Illuminati in the Marvel Cinematic Universe 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. Given that the film is focused with the Multiverse, the greatest issue now that we know the Illuminati will make its appearance is what the group’s reach will be. 

Is it a specific Earth’s Illuminati, or a governing body from numerous Earths? 

And if they are from other realities and their purpose is, as implied, to monitor and preserve the order of the Multiverse (similar to how the Time Variance Authority’s job was to preserve a specific timeline), it could mean that the versions of the Illuminati who come to the MCU are survivors of dead realities or those who have learned what kind of mistakes can be made when the Multiverse is breached. 

Speaking of mistakes, in the aforementioned Spider-Man: No Way Home, we saw what could happen when the Multiverse is tampered with, as beings from other realities began entering the MCU, and the thinning barriers between worlds threatened to destroy the entire 616 universe – much like the Incursions faced by the second version of the Illuminati prior to Secret Wars in the story ‘Time Runs Out.’ 

Strange Doctor In the Multiverse of Madness appears to take those ideas of characters crossing realities and the resulting weakness in their boundaries to the next level, similar to how the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s ‘Infinity Saga’ consistently escalated the crossover between heroes leading up to the first Avengers film, and then kept inflating that idea through Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, in which nearly every MCU character came together. 

Could Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness be a stepping stone in Marvel’s newest meta-arc, which is more focused on the Multiverse and various forms of well-known heroes? And, if that’s the case, might it all point to a massive Secret Wars film in which any and all iterations of every Marvel movie and TV character are on the table? 

The Illuminati – the history of the super-secret superhuman club as depicted in Marvel comics. 

The filmmakers of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo, have indicated their intention to helm a Secret Wars adaptation that expands on the themes of their previous Avengers films – and we may be on the verge of seeing that happen. 

Do you want to learn more about the characters and plot aspects in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? Then have a look at our guides to: 

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Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?

DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.

Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.

Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.

Marvel VS DC

MARVEL GIRLS

Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow

Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch

Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts

Gwyneth Paltrow

Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)

Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson

Dani Guererro – Okoye

DC GIRLS

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

Amber Heard/Mara

Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!

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Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision

WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.

In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.

WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.

I Love Lucy

Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.

Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.

Bewitched

Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.

Good Times

A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.

Full House

In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.

Malcolm in the Middle

The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.

The Office

WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.

Modern Family

When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.

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Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.

The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.

Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.

Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?

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Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.

The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.

How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?


For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.

By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.

After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.


What are Wonder Man’s powers?


What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.

Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.

Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?


Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.


What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?


Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.

It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.


It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.

We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.

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