A new image from the next foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, finds Benedict Wong’s character, Wong, in big trouble. Shown in magical shackles and looking bloodied and beaten, this new image of Wong, who notably now holds the position of The Sorcerer Supreme, has been debuted by USA Today and offers just a glimpse of the life-and-death drama that will befall Doctor Strange and his pals.
Benedict Wong, who first debuted in the MCU as Wong in 2016’s Doctor Strange, has slowly taken on a more prominent role in the franchise. Spider-Man: No Way Home revealed that, due to Stephen Strange being “blipped” by Thanos, Wong is now The Sorcerer Supreme, and he has clearly been busy since being given that mantle. The character has so far appeared in the likes of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, with Wong expected to become something akin to Nick Fury, featuring in cameos across the MCU output.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is being directed by renowned filmmaker Sam Raimi from a script written by Jade Bartlett and Michael Waldron, and will further explore the multiverse that was unleashed thanks to the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home and in the Disney+ series Loki. Details surrounding Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness remain a closely guarded Marvel mystery at present, but the recent trailer has revealed that the story will involve the likes of Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and the debut of Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s return as The Master of the Mystic Arts.
The first (and so far only) trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also revealed that the dark version of Doctor Strange, who was introduced in the Disney+ animated series What If…? will also feature in the movie. A variant of the good Doctor who has given himself over to the Dark Dimension, this version of Strange is expected to act as one of the villains of the piece, meaning that our Doctor Strange will need all the help he can get.
Thus, alongside Wong and America Chavez, Doctor Strange could turn to an unexpected ally, himself. Glimpsed in the footage, some newly released merchandise has given us our best look yet at Defender Strange, who is likely to be another variant of Doctor Strange and comes from a universe in which he is a member of the superhero team, The Defenders. In order to battle himself, as well as The Scarlet Witch, Baron Mordo, and the interdimensional beast Gargantos, it seems that Doctor Strange Prime will turn to the madness of the multiverse for assistance.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is scheduled to be released in the United States on May 6, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.