Doctor Strange character poster Wong

We continue our Doctor Strange on-set coverage with an interview with actor Benedict Wong (The Martian, Prometheus). He plays the character Wong in this comic book adaptation and shares the first name as the film’s lead actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, which must make things very confusing on set. But as we’ve learned previously, Wong has been upgraded from a racial stereotype manservant/sidekick to a Kamar-Taj master. What role does Wong fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Find out in our Benedict Wong Doctor Strange interview, after the jump.

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In February 2016, I traveled to London to get a glimpse at another dimension and visit the set of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While on set we got a chance to have a long chat with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who as always, provided us with a lot of hints at what to expect from the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Feige talks about Doctor Strange’s origin story, how the movie will be different from the comics, rooting crazy concepts in real science, does Steven Strange know about The Avengers, how the film is more respectful to other cultures than the original source material may have been, how this movie was inspired by The Oath, which characters might connect with the RunawaysMads Mikkelsen‘s character Kaecilius, multiple dimensions, the trouble with writing magic action, how Mordo is different in the movie, Rachel McAdams‘ character Christine Palmer, is the eye of agamotto an infinity stone, the genre of the film, how this film will defy expectations, Steven Strange’s role in the larger MCU, will we see cameos from the other Marvel characters, and much more.

If you’re a Marvel fan and have ever read a Kevin Feige interview before then, you know this is well worth your time. Hit the jump to open the portal.

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Doctor Strange Wong

So far, Doctor Strange has released plenty of footage of Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius. But what about Wong, played by Benedict Wong? A Doctor Strange international TV spot gives another glimpse at this character.
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Doctor Strange trailer

In a few months, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) will have his world turned upside down, both metaphorically and literally. Today at Comic-Con, Marvel presented the second trailer for director Scott Derrickson‘s (Sinister) origin story. The trailer has now made its way online, which continues to tease a potential head trip of a comic book picture.

Below, watch the new Doctor Strange trailer.

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Doctor Strange and Wong

The first trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange introduced many of the key players including Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). One we haven’t seen yet, though, is Wong, played by Benedict Wong.

In the comics, Wong is Strange’s sidekick and valet as well as a master martial artist himself. But expect some big changes in the movie version. “I’m certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant,” the actor teased in a recent interview.  Read More »

doctor strange wong actor

The cast Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson assembled for the upcoming Doctor Strange film was already stellar before they went and tossed another wonderful character actor into the mix. Benedict Wong, best known for playing NASA Jet Propulsion Lab director Bruce Ng in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, has joined the mystical superhero adventure as Wong, Stephen Strange’s manservant and right-hand-man.

Although the character of Wong will require Derrickson and his team to walk a very fine line, the casting of an actor as fine as, uh, Wong will surely give them a solid head start.

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Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy plays the famed explorer, who travels down the Silk Road from Italy to China in the 13th century. He finds himself in the court of Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong), where adventure and intrigue await. Watch the first Marco Polo trailer after the jump.

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