One of the greatest charms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is its supporting cast, from Tom Hiddleston as Loki to Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Marvel Studios has a knack for placing key talent in the right roles, and Doctor Strange is providing us with even more evidence of that. The supporting cast for that flick already includes the great Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Mads Mikkelsen as a rival sorcerer. Now the film's adding another very talented actor to fill a key role: Stephen Strange's long-serving manservant, Wong.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Wong has joined the film to play Wong, who's been at Strange's side in one form or another since 1963. Wong was most recently seen as a Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist in Ridley Scott's The Martian, but you might also know him from the Netflix historical drama Marco Polo and Scott's Alien prequel Prometheus.
In the comics, Wong is a devoted, multi-talented aide to Stephen Strange. He maintains the Sorcerer Supreme's Greenwich Village home and watches over his body when he enters other realms through astral projection, but he's also well-versed in martial arts and the occult, and can incapacitate any number of foes through his physical talents. For a while it seemed the production might just leave Wong out of the story, in part because of the problematic nature of a person of color working as little more than a butler for a white man. In the right hands, though, Wong could be a great character -- the Alfred to Strange's Batman, if you will -- and I'm betting writer/director Scott Derrickson knows exactly what he's doing here. Plus, Benedict Wong is a scene-stealing rising talent, so I'm happy to watch him in anything.
Doctor Strange arrives this November.