Thanks to the MCU’s sprawling narrative, many of the film saga’s actors have had the opportunity to work together again. That’s a good thing when it comes to building friendships, and the bonus is that the actors can also build the chemistry on screen to make those relationships feel real and engage their audience.
Two actors who have benefited from starring in more than one MCU film together are Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong, who first portrayed wizards Doctor Stephen Strange and Wong in 2016’s Doctor Strange. Since then, the duo has collaborated on Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Regardless, Cumberbatch reiterated 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 hot on the heels of the latest Spider-Man chapter, the duo are back for their own adventure in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the new film, Strange and Wong meet America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager who has the power to jump between universes, but she has no idea how to do it. To learn the source of her powers and confront a mysterious foe, America transports Strange and Wong into the multiverse – only to discover the unlikely foe is Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Traumatized by the events of WandaVision, Wanda-Scarlet has embarked on a dark path and seeks to extract the girl’s rare superpowers in order to make them her own.
Of course, there are lighter moments in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness that allow Cumberbatch and Wong to ricochet off dialogue as if they were old friends. As it turns out, the duo’s history stretches back further than the first Doctor Strange movie six years ago.
Wong and Cumberbatch’s friendship dates back to Cumberbatch’s Sherlock days
In an exclusive interview, Benedict Wong Looper shared that some of his and Benedict Cumberbatch’s on-screen chemistry stems from their off-screen friendship, which dates back more than a dozen years — before Cumberbatch started getting credit for his work on a TV show -Adaptation gain of classic 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 admired his talents from a very early age until he entered the stratosphere,” recalled yourself Wong. “And it’s been really wonderful that we’ve been able to maintain that chalk and cheese relationship for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This pairing between Strange and Wong is something I’m proud of.”
Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is out now in theaters.