Concept art from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes Wong to Earth-838 with Stephen Strange and America Chavez.
Concept art from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness takes Wong (Benedict Wong) to Earth-838.
Illustrated by Dean Sherriff, the images show the Sorcerer Supreme exploring the multiversal landscape with Doctor Strange / Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). In the final version of the film, Wong does not make it to Earth-838. Instead, he remains a prisoner of Scarlet Witch / Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) on Earth-616.
The early concept images also showcase the scene where Strange and Wong discover Defender Strange’s dead body and bury him on an NYC building rooftop.
In the film, Earth-838 is the home of the Illuminati, a group of superheroes who task themselves with making the “difficult choices” necessary to defend the universe. The original team consisted of Professor X / Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Mr. Fantastic / Reed Richards (John Krasinski), Black Bolt / Blackagar Boltagon (Anson Mount), Captain Carter / Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Captain Marvel / Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) and Doctor Strange. However, after falling under the influence of the Darkhold and accidentally destroying another universe, the Illuminati secretly execute Doctor Strange under the cover story that he died a hero’s death fighting Thanos. Baron Mordo / Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) subsequently becomes Sorcerer Supreme and takes his spot in the Illuminati.
While Wong did not end up traveling to Earth-838, he has appeared in several of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) recent releases. He had a small role in Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings, where he is seen sparring with The Incredible Hulk‘s Abomination / Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) and helps the titular hero (Simu Liu) learn more about the origins of the Rings. He also starred in Spider-Man: No Way Home, which indirectly led into the events of Multiverse of Madness.
Directed by Sam Raimi and written by Michael Waldron, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a hybrid sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange and 2019‘s Avengers: Endgame, as well as the Disney+ series WandaVision. It follows the titular sorcerer as he clashes with Scarlet Witch, who is searching the multiverse for her children following their apparent demise at the end of WandaVision. The film opened on May 6 and has grossed $930 million off a $200 million budget.
Source: Dean Sherriff