by Ryan Rigley

If you’re like us, then you simply cannot wait for Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” sequel. After all, 2015 is just so far away. We’ve been biding the time with Assembling Avengers, our weekly rundown of Marvel superheroes we’d like to see make an appearance in Whedon’s upcoming sequel. And this week, we’ll be discussing one of the Avengers’ longest standing on-again, off-again members: Simon Williams a.k.a. Wonder Man!

Created in 1964 by Stan Lee and artists Jack Kirby and Don Heck, Simon Williams is one the most prominent powerhouses in the entire Marvel universe. He’s been on both the Avengers and the West Coast Avengers, with his brain patterns even providing the blueprint for fellow Avenger the Vision’s entire personality.

So what are the chances that we’ll be seeing Wonder Man in Earth’s Mightiest Sequel? Click past the jump to find out!

Born the son of rich industrialist Sanford Williams, Simon eventually inherits both his father’s munitions factory and the responsibilities that that entails as a direct result of his father’s death. Unfortunately for Simon, Williams Innovations sees an immediate decrease in profits due in large part to their biggest competitor: Stark Industries. Subsequently, after unsuccessfully embezzling funds from his company and being sent to jail, Simon declares war on Tony Stark.

Enlisted with Baron Zemo and the Enchantress, Simon is transformed into an ion-powered superbeing with the intentions of infiltrating the Avengers and stabbing them in the back when they least suspect it. Calling himself Wonder Man, Simon joins Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and eventually lures them into a death trap set by Zemo. However, Simon soon has a massive change of heart and sacrifices his own life for the lives of his Avengers brethren. Wonder Man has been killed and resurrected numerous times since then, remaining in suspended animation for several years at a time.

Not only is Wonder Man super strong, super fast, and practically invulnerable, but he can also manipulate his size at will and shoot energy blasts from his eyes. Being made entirely out of ionic energy, Wonder Man no longer requires sleep, food, water, or even air; something that would definitely come in handy whilst battling Thanos, the Mad Titan, in outer space. Plus, the fact that Wonder Man has pretty consistently fought on both the side of good and the side of evil would make for one pretty interesting team dynamic. Will he betray Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Or will he save the day? The world may never know.

There are two options here. Since Simon Williams initially saw Tony Stark as his mortal enemy, maybe there’s a chance that he could make a small cameo during the upcoming “Iron Man 3.” All we would need to see is a scorned Williams resorting to a life of crime and then we could pick up from there during the “Avengers” sequel. Alternatively, Wonder Man was, for a time, forced to act as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the story arc “Civil War.” Perhaps, Wonder Man could make his debut on the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series before teaming up with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in “The Avengers 2.”

In Assembling Avengers, we’re picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth’s mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next “Avengers” in the comments or on Twitter!

Previous Assembling Avengers Candidates:
» The Wasp
» Luke Cage
» Scarlet Witch
» Moondragon
» Nova
» Spider-Woman
» Iron Fist
» Ms. Marvel
» The Vision
» Black Panther
» Ant-Man
» Silver Surfer
» Doctor Strange