Wong is a Master of the Mystic Arts of Kamar-Taj. When the former librarian was murdered by Kaecilius and the Zealots, Wong then became the highly protective keeper of the ancient books when he met Doctor Strange, and assisted him in his studies. As Kaecilius attempted to use his power to bring Dormammu to Earth, Wong and the other Masters used their power to eventually defeat him, at the cost of Ancient One's death. With the threat of Kaecilius over, Wong then joined Doctor Strange in protecting the New York Sanctum which was based within New York City.
Mystic Arts Master
Retrieving the Dark Scepter
Wong had been tasked with locating and securing the Dark Scepter. An object of immense power, the Scepter had been stolen by a woman who had grew scornful against the world. Wong tracked her down to London and attempted to take the staff off her. However the power of the Dark Scepter proved too immense and the woman managed to escape. Back at Kamar-Taj, Kaecilius scorned Wong for losing the woman and the scepter however Wong insisted that with the power that the woman possessed with the Scepter the situation should be handled more reverently.
Kaecilius claimed the Wong's concentration on his own failings was the reason the mission was not a success. Fellow Masters of the Mystic Arts members Daniel Drumm and Tina Minoru then arrived and told Kaecilius that Wong's trepidation should be a sign to be careful and heed his instincts rather than just insult him. When Kaecilius asked why they were not doing their other duties Drumm told him the the situation proved serious enough that more than one member of the Masters of The Mystic was needed to subdue the thief. Kaecilius refused however and claimed that he could handle the thief himself.
Wong, Drum, Minoru later arrived to find an unconscious Kaecilius who had been beaten by the thief and had underestimated the Staffs power. Kaecilius realized the others were right and decided to team up to stop the thief. Later at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, The group confronted the thief and after a grueling battle with their combined efforts they were able to overpower her and claim the Scepter. With Wong putting it with all the other mystical objects at the New York Sanctum for their own protection.
Meeting Doctor Strange
- "This section is for masters only, but at my discretion, others may use it. You should start with Maxim’s Primer. How’s your Sanskrit?"
"I’m fluent in Google Translate."
- ―Wong and Doctor Strange
Wong was appointed as the librarian at the Kamar-Taj after Kaecilius killed the previous one. Wong met Stephen Strange in the library and remained serious despite all Strange's attempts at jokes. He gave Strange new books and warned him not to touch the Ancient One's books.
- "What do you want, Strange?"
"Books on Astral Projection."
"You're not ready for that."
"Try me, Beyoncé."
- ―Wong and Doctor Strange
Later as he was reading while listening to music, he failed to notice Strange using his sling ring to take books from the library until his own reading book was "borrowed".
Explaining the Masters
- "Your curiosity could have gotten you killed. You weren’t manipulating the space-time continuum, you were breaking it. We do not tamper with natural law, we defend it."
- ―Wong to Doctor Strange
Later when he and Karl Mordo caught Strange practicing a time spell from one of the forbidden books, they reprimanded him for it stating that he was breaking natural laws. Strange had been trying to call Wong for his guide to confirm if the book he'd learn is forbidden or not before without any option to learn it by himself and find out. He explained to Strange the purposes of the Sanctums for keeping Dormammu from Earth before the London Sanctum was destroyed by Kaecilius and the explosion knocked him back.
In response to attacks made towards all the Sanctums around the world, Wong defended the Hong Kong Sanctum from Kaecilius and the Zealots. While Wong collected the Wand of Watoomb, he ordered the remaining Masters of the Mystic Arts to not allow anyone to enter the final Sanctum.
From unknown causes, Wong was killed in the process and the Sanctum was destroyed, allowing Dormammu to arrive, beginning to consume Earth and bring it into the Dark Dimension. When Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to reverse what had happened, he was revived.
Doctor Strange brought Wong into his time slip where the reverse effects wouldn't affect him, nor their comrade Karl Mordo, preparing to fight Kaecilius. Strange was expecting a lecture on breaking the laws of nature, but Wong, realizing there was no other choice, told Strange to keep going. Right when the duel was about to start, Strange seemingly abandoned the group and flew into the Dark Dimension.
Strange returned seconds later and the Zealots were taken to the Dark Dimension instead. Wong laughed at Strange's quip about the "warnings come after the spells". Unlike Karl Mordo, who became delusional and left the Masters of the Mystic Arts, Wong did not blame Strange for breaking the natural law.
Assisting Doctor Strange
Before Strange was appointed to be a new guardian of the New York Sanctum in the wake of Daniel Drumm's untimely death, Wong revealed that the Eye of Agamotto held an Infinity Stone. Wong also noted that due to the Ancient One's death, Earth was vulnerable and needed them to be ready to defend it from those seeking to destroy it.
- "Do you ever laugh?"
- ―Doctor Strange to Wong
As a longtime student of the Ancient One and one of the most knowledgeable Masters of the Mystic Arts in Kamar-Taj, Wong is serious and unflinching when it comes to performing his duties, both as an instructor and later, a librarian of Kamar-Taj. After Kaecilius' betrayal, Wong gets more reluctant to trust others, and constantly puts up a stern appearance, to the point of threatening Doctor Strange when the latter was only trying to be friendly and make jokes when coming to borrow books. Despite seemingly ignorant of contemporary pop culture, it is revealed that Wong actually enjoys his fair share of pop culture just like most are but pretends to not be aware of it around others, and is less serious when others are not around. Like Karl Mordo, he has a great deal of respect for the Ancient One and the natural laws, but unlike the younger student, he is capable of moral flexibility and willing to bend said laws when the situation desperately calls for it, as shown when he approved of Strange's time-bending when confronting Dormammu.
Although initially hostile to Strange, due to the latter's attempts to be funny and exceeding inquisitiveness, Wong has come to appreciate those traits as well as Strange's exceptional gift at the Mystic Arts, eventually becoming one of his strongest allies, and his surrogate tutor in the absence of the Ancient One. He was deadset against Strange using the Eye of Agamotto as it violates the laws of nature, but after seeing Strange use it for the benefit of mankind rather than abusing it, he decided to let Strange inherit it once he mastered its powers, but advised him not to wear it in plain sight until then as it is the vessel of an Infinity Stone. Wong is evidently a very serious person as Wong and Mordo were shocked that he laughed at Strange's remark about warnings coming after the spells upon the transformation of the surviving Zealots into Mindless Ones.
Powers and Abilities
- Master Sorcerer: Wong is one of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, possessing a considerable mastery of the mystic arts, which he uses to defend his native reality.
- Expert Martial Artist: Wong is a powerful fighter, able to hold off the Zealots for a short period of time.
- Quarterstaff: A staff-like baton used by the Masters of the Mystic Arts for combat and magic.
- Sling Ring: A mystical object which enables the wearer to open a fiery portal to another location.
- Wand of Watoomb: During the Battle of Hong Kong, Wong chose this relic as his weapon to repel the invasion.
- Masters of the Mystic Arts
- Karl Mordo - Former Fellow Master
- In the comics, Wong is the son of Hamir and the descendant of an ancient order of Chinese monks that, for ten generations, have served the Ancient One, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. He served as Stephen Strange's valet and friend.
Behind the Scenes
- Benedict Wong revealed in an interview with Den of Geek that the Marvel Cinematic Universe incarnation of Wong will be quite different from his comic book counterpart, who is generally considered to be a racial stereotype: "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. 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."
- Scott Derrickson revealed in an interview with Los Angeles Daily News that Wong was originally intended to be left out of Doctor Strange due to the stereotype associated with the character: "I was going to leave Wong out of the movie at first; he was an Asian sidekick manservant, what was I supposed to do with that? But once the decision was made to cast Tilda, we brought Wong back because, unlike the Ancient One, he could be completely subverted as a character and reworked into something that didn’t fall into any of the stereotypes of the comics."
- Wong in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the second live-action incarnation of the character, following an incarnation portrayed by Clyde Kusatsu.
- Tsuyoshi Abe was a stunt double for Benedict Wong in the role of Wong.
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