Ben Kingsley Will Return as Trevor Slattery in Marvel’s Wonder Man Series

Earlier this year, Marvel began developing a Wonder Man series for Disney+ with former Community scribe Andrew Guest coming aboard as the head writer. And while the studio has yet to announce the show in any official capacity (including last month’s Comic-Con panel), the first big casting news has just emerged. But surprisingly, it’s not for the title character. Variety reports that Ben Kingsley will play a “major role” in the upcoming series, reprising his role as Trevor Slattery from previous MCU films.

Kingsley made his first appearance as Trevor in Iron Man 3 in 2013. The movie’s trailers famously led us to believe that Kingsley was playing The Mandarin in the sequel. However, it was ultimately revealed that Trevor was a washed-up actor who was hired to pose as the villain in exchange for drug money. A year later, Trevor appeared in Marvel’s All Hail the King short, where he was broken out of prison by a servant of the Ten Rings’ real leader. He finally made his triumphant return to the MCU in last year’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film revealed that Trevor spent the last several years locked up in Wenwu’s compound. But on a more positive note, he also managed to get sober during this timeframe.

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On one hand, this seems like an unusual place for Kingsley to make his next MCU comeback. But it’s also not hard to see why he was chosen to be a supporting character in the series. In the comics, Simon Williams began working as an actor and stuntman following his transformation into a superhero. And rumor has it Marvel is developing Wonder Man as a Hollywood satire, so Trevor could be a welcome addition to its send-ups of the entertainment industry.

Kingsley’s involvement also gives us a better idea of the tone that Marvel is aiming for. Since his character normally appears as comic relief, it’s a safe bet that the show will be lighthearted in a manner similar to early episodes of WandaVision and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Wonder Man will reunite Kingsley with Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton, who serves as an executive producer on the series with Guest. Marvel hasn’t announced a release window for the show.

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