Benedict Wong reflected on Wong’s MCU role compared to previous portrayals in Doctor Strange comics.
In the fourteen years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who would’ve thought that an obscure character like Doctor Strange’s servant Wong would become a fan favorite? Well, for starters, the character is instead portrayed in the films initially as one of Stephen Strange’s mentors and a librarian in Kamar-Taj. Also, when you cast a wonderful actor like Benedict Wong alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, you get one of the most charming duos in the entire MCU.
Following his debut in 2016’s Doctor Strange, Benedict Wong has grown to have a more prominent presence in the MCU. Following the events of both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Wong has taken up the mantle of the Sorcerer Supreme, which Stephen Strange attributes to it being only due to a technicality given Thanos’ blip that lasted for five years. The character has made memorable appearances in both Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, continuing to endear himself to viewers.
Now that Benedict Wong’s Sorcerer Supreme Wong has become a beloved fixture within the MCU, the actor himself is quite pleased with his character’s trajectory in the franchise, especially when compared to the original Doctor Strange comics that featured some admittedly dated portrayals of a Chinese servant. He reflected as such when asked a question during the press conference for The Multiverse of Madness:
“Yeah, um, you know, I think when I first, uh, uh, took the job six years ago, you know, we moved, uh, away from the-the old source material, which was old. And, uh, we developed and crafted this no-nonsense midfield general librarian, you know, who’s continued through, you know, four or five of the movies, and now is the no-nonsense Sorcerer Supreme. And, uh, I-I-I-I love where we’re going with this and the character progression of that. And, um, and, uh, yeah, uh, we’ll see what unveils with this…
Here’s hoping that Benedict Wong continues to play Sorcerer Supreme Wong in future films to come. If for nothing else, his chemistry with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange being one of the recurring highlights of the entire MCU at this time.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now playing in theaters. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the future of the MCU, as well as Benedict Wong’s future as Sorcerer Supreme Wong in the franchise, and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.