The Marvel Cinematic Universe has established an impressive expansive gallery of superheroes. Even if the characters were not exactly front and center like Captain America or Iron Man, they were still able to win over the hearts of many fans. Characters such as Wanda Maximoff, Valkyrie, Shuri, and even the MCU’s post-Endgame Captain America, originally started off as supporting characters. They have since risen up to become the most prominent characters in the entire franchise.
2016’s Doctor Strange introduced Stephen Strange to the MCU, but it was also the introduction of fan-favorite Wong. Wong was a devoted member of the Master of Mystic Arts and the librarian of Kamar-Taj. He helped Strange with his studies, allowing Stephen Strange to become a master sorcerer. Wong has taken a more prominent role in the MCU since Endgame. Next, in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wong will be working with Stephen Strange, Wanda Maximoff, and America Chavez to handle new threats. As we head to theaters to watch the new film, let’s have a look at some of the reasons why Wong has become such a beloved character in the MCU.
The MCU’s New Claire Temple and Nick Fury
During the Infinity Saga, Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury was utilized to bridge many separate pieces of the MCU together. Fury, despite not being a superhero, made many appearances from Phase One all the way to Phase Three. The character brought a sense of familiarity to both the characters and the audience. It was ultimately through Nick Fury that the Avengers came together. In the Defenders Saga, Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple filled a similar role, meeting all the Defenders before they even knew each other. With both the Infinity Saga and Defenders Saga now concluded, a new character has taken over the role of connecting the MCU. That character, somewhat surprisingly, has been Wong.
In Phase Four of the MCU, Wong appeared in three films all within the span of a single year. These films included Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Homeand Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Wong even appeared in the animated series, What If …? There has been no character in the MCU that has made as many appearances in such a short period of time. It was through Wong’s cage fight in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings that the Incredible Hulk villain, Abomination, made a return to the MCU. The Abomination has been reported to return for She-Hulk. Wong was also the character to introduce Shang-Chi and Katy to the Avengers. Thanks to Wong, Shang-Chi and Katy have already met Hulk and Captain Marvel without a crossover movie. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has joked that due to Wong’s frequent appearances, the MCU is “fast becoming the WCU.”
The Voice of Reason to Doctor Strange’s Recklessness
Since the origin movie Doctor Strange (2016), Stephen has been portrayed as a reckless man. Strange drove at high speeds on mountain roads, during a windy night with rain and low visibility, all while holding a conversation and looking down at his phone. Even after becoming a powerful sorcerer, Strange cast a universe-altering spell Spider-Man: No Way Home before discussing the spell with Peter Parker. The result was catastrophic, leading to villains being summoned from the Multiverse, the death of May Parker, and the world becoming unaware of Peter Parker’s existence. Before the spell was cast, Wong warned Strange of the danger of casting the spell. The warning was ultimately ignored, and it could be argued the consequences were a result of Strange’s actions more than they were a result of Peter Parker’s. Strange should have informed Parker of the potential risks and asked what exactly it was that Parker wanted from the spell.
Wong has been a much-needed voice of reason for Doctor Strange’s recklessness. Strange has always needed guidance from others to help steer him on the right path. Before he was a sorcerer, it was Christine Palmer. After the death of the Ancient One and Mordo’s departure from the Masters of the Mystic Arts, Wong stuck around to keep Strange in check. Stephen did not have any close sorcerer-friends outside of Wong. But fortunately for Strange, Wong was the best friend any sorcerer could ever ask for. After multiple film appearances in the MCU, Strange still has a lot to learn. He has grown and will need to continue to grow as a sorcerer, superhero, and person. Wong has been an amazing ally who has been by Strange’s side all throughout that journey.
Wong is Also The Sorcerer Supreme
The “Sorcerer Supreme” was a prestigious title assigned to a mystic arts practitioner whose skill in the mystic arts was unparalleled. Both the Ancient One and Doctor Strange at one point held the title. However, Wong became the new Sorcerer Supreme when Thanos eliminated half of all life in the universe. Strange was one of the people that perished for five years, and the title of Sorcerer Supreme had to be filled. Since Strange was only a sorcerer for a couple of years before being affected by the Snap, it is possible, as outlined by Screen Rant, that Wong has been Sorcerer Supreme longer than Strange has even practiced the mystic arts. While Strange was away, Wong must have had lots of time to hone his skills and become a more powerful sorcerer.
As Sorcerer Supreme, alongside Doctor Strange and the powerful Scarlet Witch, Wong was one of the most powerful heroes in the entire MCU. He summoned portals allowing heroes from all across the universe to join the Avengers in their fight against Thanos. Wong also displayed his mastery of the mystic arts during the cage fight in Shang-Chi. By opening a timely portal using a Sling Ring, Wong caused Abomination to punch himself in the face. Abomination is one of the more physically powerful characters in the MCU, but Wong was able to turn his opponent’s own power against them. The punch resulted in a knockout, instantly ending the fight.
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