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The very next Marvel property we’re going to see is Luke Cage on Netflix, that hits in September.

However, two months after that, we get the next film in the Marvel Cinematic UniverseDoctor Strange. With San Diego Comic Con now a month away, it’s a likely bet that we’ll soon see our first full length theatrical trailer for the film as Marvel starts an epic push to educate the public on why they should invest in this film and believe in the sorcery of the MCU.

As a part of that, of course, are interviews with the actors and creators behind the film, so today, we’ve got Benedict Wong giving an interview to Den of Geek about his character of Wong.

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In the comics, since the very first issue, Wong has been more of a subservient caretaker for Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), serving him as a manservant/valet/butler/mystical assistant. Doctor Strange is, after all, the Sorcerer Supreme… he needs help.

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Wong’s role has evolved from the 60’s to be as much a protector of Doctor Strange as a servant, using his adept martial arts skills to keep the Sorcerer Supreme safe from immediate threats while Strange is focused on bigger threats.

That is, Wong watches Doctor Strange’s back.

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However, it sounds as if they might be changing things up for the film and making him more of a mystical, magical bad ass than he is in the comics. As the actor told Den of Geek, “I’m certainly not going to be the tea-making manservant. We’re heading in a different direction. He’s more of a drill sergeant.”

He then goes on to admit that the martial arts element of Wong has been replaced with an adept understanding of sorcery, saying, “There isn’t any martial arts for Wong in Doctor Strange actually, he’s more of a drill sergeant to Kamar-Taj. He’s one of the masters of sorcery.”  

So, when we first meet Wong, he’s a magic trainer in the service of The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) teaching all the students how to wield their sorcery. It’s likely that they’re setting this up for a possible sequel where Strange may not have The Ancient One to help him and he’ll need someone with a bit more practice to guide him.

Speaking of sequels, Wong finished up his interview about … Wong … by saying that there’s no word on a sequel, but that he’d happily return for it. In his words regarding him returning for a sequel, “That would be nice! No, we’ll start off with the first one. I’m just happy nearly completing in Doctor Strange. I’m very excited to see what happens.”

So, one last word from us — Kamar Taj; that’s where The Ancient One has lived for centuries. It’s a small village and temple in the Himalayas, close to Tibet, where sorcerers and mystics have remained hidden for millennia.

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Matt Key is a writer/producer/performer living in Los Angeles.

He has two cats and knows all things about Doctor Strange but little else.
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