Doctor Strange’s Benedict Wong Opens Up About His Friendship With Benedict Cumberbatch

Thanks to the extensive narrative of the MCU, many of the actors in the film saga have had the opportunity to work together again.

That’s a good thing when it comes to building friendships, and the upside is that it also allows the actors to develop on-screen chemistry to make those relationships feel real and appeal to their audiences.

Two actors who have benefited from starring in more than one MCU movie together are Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong, who first played wizards Doctor Stephen Strange and Wong in 2016’s “Doctor Strange.”

Since then, the duo have worked together on “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Spider-Man: No Way Home.”

Separately, Cumberbatch reprized Dr. Strange for “Thor: Ragnarok” and Wong appeared in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” while each recorded dialogue for the animated series “What If…?”

Now, on the heels of the most recent “Spider-Man” chapter, the duo return for their own adventure in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

In the new movie, Strange and Wong meet America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager who has the power to jump between universes, but has no idea how she can do it.

To learn the source of her powers and face a mysterious enemy, America transports Strange and Wong into the multiverse, only to discover that the unlikely foe is Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).

Traumatized by the events of “WandaVision”, Wanda-Scarlet has taken a dark path and wants to extract the girl’s rare superpowers to make them her own.

Naturally, there are lighter moments in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which allow Cumberbatch and Wong to talk like old friends. It turns out that the duo’s history goes back further than the first “Doctor Strange” movie six years ago.

Wong and Cumberbatch’s friendship predates Cumberbatch’s Sherlock days

In an exclusive interview, Benedict Wong shared with Looper that some of the on-screen chemistry between him and Benedict Cumberbatch stems from their off-screen friendship, dating back more than a dozen years, before Cumberbatch started earning praise. for his work on a television adaptation. classical literary character.

“I’ve known Benedict since the days before ‘Sherlock,’ and during his theater days, if anyone ever got a chance to see him up close, we all marveled at his talent from the beginning until he entered the stratosphere.”, Wong remembered.

“And it’s been wonderful, actually, that we’ve managed to cultivate this chalk and cheese relationship for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This pairing of Strange and Wong is something I’m proud of.”

Directed by Sam Raimi and also starring Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is in theaters now.

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