from ABC press release dated 1 Apr. 2014:
EXCLUSIVE! Marvel and ABC to produce a Wonder Man TV Series!
Joss Whedon continues to bring an expanding Marvel Comics universe to television! By combining the unstoppable forces of the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron sequel with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, Whedon and James Padalecki team up for the television debut of one of Marvel’s fan-favorite characters, WONDERMAN!
Simon Williams (Padalecki) starts off as a man with seemingly nowhere to go– suspected of business fraud and forced to take the fall for his brother. But a daring plan by S.H.I.E.L.D. foe Ian Quinn (David Conrad) will turn Simon into Wonderman in a plan to take down nothing less than the Avengers themselves! Thankfully, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents stand in the way, and help set Wonderman on a more heroic path– one that makes him a movie star in his own right! Will Wonderman have what it takes to be the hero that the world, or at least Hollywood, needs?
The success of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has proven that Marvel Entertainment rules television just as much as the movie arena. With its unique blend of action and humor, Marvel is poised to take over the entertainment industry, and Wonderman is a surprising entry that nevertheless fits seamlessly into its well-established canon of heroes.
“Marvel and ABC have proven a winning combination,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, “We have hinted that there were big changes to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. [series], and this is just a part of the tremendous changes you’ll see in the next few years. We hope to change the face of adventure on television itself!”
Executive Producers Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Jeph Loeb (Smallville, Lost, Heroes) reunite to bring Marvel and ABC’s next sure-fire hit live-action TV series, WONDERMAN.