Benedict Wong on how his Doctor Strange character will be going in a 'different direction'

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Jun 28, 2016, 2:37 PM EDT

Looks like the Ancient One (played by Tilda Swinton) is not the only Marvel Comics character getting a major overhaul for the Doctor Strange movie.

Stephen Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) faithful servant and teacher, Wong (Benedict Wong, Prometheus, The Martian), will also see changes in his character when the comic book movie opens on Nov. 4.

During an interview with Den of Geek, Wong offered some intriguing tidbits about his character, revealing that Marvel is going in a different direction with Wong, who once described himself (in the comics) as a second-rate Jarvis (sarcastically, of course).

“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.”

In the comics, Wong was an expert in the martial arts of Kamar-Taj -- an isolated community in the Himalayas near Tibet that has long been the home of sorcerers and mystics and is the main home of the Ancient One and the Sorcerer Supreme -- achieving mastery over it. It's rather intriguing to see he won't do any martial arts for the movie.

Wong was also a direct descendant and a dead ringer of Kan, a Chinese monk who lived about a thousand years ago and who studied the occult. For 10 generations before Wong, all first-born males have served the Ancient One -- the former Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth dimension. The last member of Wong's family to serve was Wong's dad, Hamir the Hermit, who stayed with the Ancient One until the latter's death.

What do you think of Wong’s character overhaul for Doctor Strange?


(via Den of Geek)