When the good Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) embarks on his journey to explore the realm of magic and mystic in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”, he can be assured that he’ll have a trusted ally by his side.
Screen Crush reports that the role of the Sorcerer Supreme’s sidekick has been cast and it goes to “The Martian” actor Benedict Wong. In a surprising turn of events, Wong will fill the role of Wong who is described as a character in service of Dr. Strange.
Working alongside the doctor, the website details that the character — who originated from the comic books in the 1960s — worked with Doctor Strange in providing healing services, researching the occult, and tending to the personal matters and agenda of Strange.
Screen Crush points out that Wong’s role is similar to Alfred’s relationship with Batman/Bruce Wayne. The website highlights, though, that Wong differs from the Dark Knight’s butler with his skills in combat and martial arts.
Meanwhile, Vulture details that in all of Marvel’s films, Benedict Wong is the first Asian actor to be cast in a major role. The website adds that his casting fits the project given that the source material for “Doctor Strange” highly recognises mythology from East Asia.
/FILM provides a more in-depth background of the character from the source material as follows:
“Originally introduced in 1963 alongside the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Wong is Doctor Strange’s manservant, housekeeper, chef, medic, personal assistant, and so on.”
Wong’s background, as detailed by /FILM, includes his recent stint as a NASA Jet Propulsion Lab director in “The Martian”, as Kublai Khan in “Marco Polo”, and as Ravel in “Prometheus”.
Wong comes on board a star-studded cast that includes Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, and Baron Zemo.
Fans can know more about how Dr. Strange’s sidekick will be depicted when “Doctor Strange” hits theaters on November 4, 2016.