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Everything you need to know about Doctor Strange (and friends) before Avengers: Infinity War

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Apr 13, 2018

SYFY WIRE's Infinity War Roundup is your go-to guide for everything you need to know about Marvel's massive superhero crossover, Avengers: Infinity War. In the weeks leading up to Infinity War's April 27th premiere, SYFY WIRE will be rounding up every important character arc and plot detail you need to know from the past 10 years and 18 movies.

Today's entry will take a look at the main characters from the films that feature the master of the mystic arts — Doctor Strange.

Let's take a look at the MCU lives of Doctor Stephen Strange, Wong, and Baron Mordo.

Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch

DOCTOR STEPHEN STRANGE/DOCTOR STRANGE (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH)

Compared to some of the other Avengers, Doctor Strange is a fairly recent addition. After all, he's only gotten one solo movie so far, his eponymous origin story in 2016. Stephen Strange's journey to magical superhero began with his job as a talented neurosurgeon. Smart, egotistical, and selfish, Strange's own hubris led to a devastating car accident that cost him the use of his expert hands. No longer to perform surgeries and unable to find a cure to stop his shaking appendages, the desperate Strange puts his last hope in Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), a paraplegic who somehow regained the use of his limbs.

Pangborn sends Strange to the mystical training compound of Kamar-Taj in Kathmandu, Nepal where, after a serious head trip courtesy of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), learns about the mystic arts and how they can be used to heal the body, travel between dimensions, distort the laws of physics, and even summon ancient evil forces like Dormammu. Masters of the mystic arts can channel their powers through certain objects like staffs and sling rings or use the existing power of certain ancient artifacts like the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto.

When the three main Sanctum Sanctorums in New York, London, and Hong Kong are attacked by the rogue sorcerer Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and the Ancient One is mortally wounded, it's up to Strange, still a novice, to save the world from becoming absorbed into a world of pure evil. By coming to "bargain" with Dormammu over and over again, he saves the planet while also getting rid of Kaecilius and his followers. Once that's over with, Strange, greatly humbled by the experience, settles into his new life as a Sorcerer Supreme and the head of the New York Sanctum in Greenwich Village.

The good doctor resurfaces for the second time in Thor: Ragnarok when Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes looking for his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) on Earth. Strange has a little fun with the god of thunder (providing him with an endless stein of beer) and his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) before sending them on the their merry way. Despite the comedic vibe of these scenes, the Infinity War Prelude comic reveals that Strange is secretly concerned about Loki's presence on Earth because it indicates that trouble is brewing with the Infinity Stones. 

Right before Infinity War: Doctor Strange is manning the Manhattan Sacntum at 177a Bleecker Street. He'll receive a surprise when Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) crash lands in his house and Tony Stark shows up to ring the doorbell. Based on the trailers released in the run-up to the movie's release, Strange will also meet Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), and Black Order member Ebony Maw. Strange's magical shields and portals will play an instrumental role in the Avengers' war against Thanos, the conflict being the first time that Strange will be a part of the group.

Wong

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WONG (BENEDICT WONG)

Strange's manservant in the comics, Wong got a much-needed promotion in the MCU as the Sorcerer Supreme's equal, serving as a sort of mentor to the budding hero. As the keeper of Kamar-Taj's library, Wong seems forbidding at first, but ends up as Strange's most important ally. How could he stay mad at Stephen when it was Stephen who introduced him to Beyoncé?! In one of the final scenes of Doctor Strange, Wong reveals that the Eye of Agamotto actually houses an Infinity Stone, the Time Gem, which, as the name suggests, allows the user to manipulate time.

While it saved the world from Dormammu, Wong believes it to be too dangerous to wear at all times. He also gives a rundown of the whereabouts of each Stone within the pages of Infinity War Prelude Part II, written by Marvel Studios Development executive, Will Corona Pilgrim. Set right after Strange's interaction with the Odin brothers in Ragnarok, Wong relays how there have been those throughout history who seek to use the Infinity Stones for megalomaniacal purposes, like Johann Shmidt, the Red Skull, during Captain America: The First Avenger, Loki during the first Avengers movie, and Malekith in Thor: The Dark World.

Wong believes the Power Stone, the gem that the Guardians of the Galaxy rescued from Ronan, is safe out in space, where it is guarded by the Nova Corps. The comic ends with Wong mentioning the sixth and final stone, the Soul Stone. It hasn't been seen in the MCU yet, but according to Wong, "if what is known turns out to be true, it could prove to be the biggest threat of them all."

Right before Infinity War: Wong probably splits his time before helping Strange watch over the Manhattan Sanctum and training more sorcerers at Kamar-Taj. When Thanos invades the Earth, he'll be teaming up with Strange, Stark, Banner, and possibly Spider-Man.

Mordo

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KARL MORDO (CHIWETEL EJIOFOR)

Mordo probably won't be featured in Infinity War, but like Wong, he was a mentor figure to Doctor Strange. The two became good friends during the fight against Kaecilius, but became disillusioned with the Ancient One and her teachings when he found out she used power from the Dark Dimension to keep herself immortal. Mordo turns his back on the Sorcerer Supremes and sets down a dark path fueled by the belief that there are too many wizards in the world. He takes away Pangborn's powers and is on course to become the archnemesis to Strange that he is in the comics. Unlike his comic counterpart, however, Ejiofor's Mordo does not start out as evil.

Right before Infinity War: Mordo's whereabouts are unknown at this time, but you can bet he's compiling a list of all the sorcerers across the different dimensions. He might even think Thanos has the right idea. Is there a chance Mordo will ally himself with the Mad Titan? We'll find out on April 27.