Crew member dies on the set of Marvel's Wonder Man series

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A very sad incident occurred on the set of Marvel’s upcoming Wonder Man series this morning. As reported by Deadline, a rigger (who has not yet been named) fell to his death from the rafters at CBS Radford Studios where the show is being filmed. Nothing was being shot at the time.

In a statement, Marvel confirmed the news and added: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends, and our support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this accident.”

The series was set to go into full production next month following a delay due to the actors and writers strikes this past summer. It’s not clear how this incident will affect that schedule. A premiere date for the series has not yet been announced.

Wonder Man will star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, a DC veteran in his first role for the rival studio. (He has played both Black Manta in Aquaman and Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen.) Abdul-Mateen plays Simon Williams, who is, at least in the comics, a former arms dealer à la Tony Stark. Simon goes on a brief stint with the bad guys after the evil Baron Zemo endows him with ionic powers—a.k.a. super strength, super speed, super stamina, immortality, and a whole host of other really super things you wouldn’t want to see on the opposing side. Eventually, Wonder Man turns around and joins the good guys, finding himself a place on B-tier squad the West Coast Avengers. It’s unclear how much or how little of Wonder Man’s story will actually find its way into the series.

Wonder Man also stars Ben Kingsley, who will be reprising his Iron Man 3 and Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings role as Trevor Slattery, a washed-up actor hired to play a notorious terrorist leader. The series will be produced by Shang-Chi’s Destin Daniel Cretton, along with head writer Andrew Guest (Brooklyn 99 and Community).