No expense or effort is spared to achieve the perfect illusion in film and television productions. What the audience doesn’t get to see, however, are the numerous risks that crew members and stunt people take to realize the vision of the filmmakers – all for the sake of entertainment. Today, safety regulations are among the strictest in the world, especially for US productions involving trade unions. Today, Jackie Chan would never have been allowed to make the daring jump from the top floor of a shopping mall to the very bottom in “Police Story”. The Hong Kong actor suffered burns to both hands and a serious spinal fracture.
Despite all the safety precautions, there are still serious accidents on sets that claim lives. Between 1990 and 2014, there were 194 accidents in the United States with a total of 43 fatalities (via AP). Now there has been a tragic accident on a Marvel set that resulted in a fatality. According to Deadline, the workplace accident occurred on Tuesday morning at the CBS Radford Studios in Los Angeles, California. The deceased was 41-year-old crew member Juan Carlos Osorio, who was employed as a rigger on the Marvel production “Wonder Man” and fell from a raised platform while working on the day in question. He suffered fatal injuries as a result. Marvel Studios has confirmed the tragic accident in a statement:
“Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends, and our support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this accident.”
Filming was not underway at the time, so none of the stars were on set. The Marvel series from Destin Daniel Cretton (“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”) and Andrew Guest (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine“) was forced to pause last year due to the strikes by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Writers Guild of America (WGA) unions. Filming is now scheduled to begin next March.
This is the Marvel series “Wonder Man”
“Wonder Man” is a Marvel series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produced for the Disney+ streaming service. It is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Guest. The plot of the 10-episode Marvel series revolves around Simon Williams, an actor and stuntman who becomes Wonder Man when he gains incredible superpowers. These are bestowed on him by Baron Zemo in the comic book. His family background is also interesting: Simon Williams’ father is Sanford Williams, founder of Williams Innovations, which is later swallowed up by Stark Industries. This leads to his connection with Baron Zemo and an initial enmity with the Avengers.
All of this offers enough dynamics and room for plenty of interactions with existing Marvel characters such as Baron Zemo, but also Scarlet Witch and Vision as well as Tony Stark. The only question that remains is whether Robert Downey Jr. would return to the MCU for such a cameo appearance. Alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Aquaman”) as Simon Williams aka Wonder Man, who is thus switching sides from DC to the MCU, only Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery and Lauren Glazier have been confirmed for the upcoming series so far.