If you thought Wong (Benedict Wong) was going to die in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” you were not alone.
Apparently, director Sam Raimi played a little prank on the actor so he thought his character was actually getting killed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a brief moment.
“I remember Sam you pitching him the story and making him, Benny Wong, believe for a second that he was actually gonna have to die in that moment,” sequel producer Richie Palmer said on the film’s commentary.
“You said, I remember … ‘I’m really sorry to tell you that’s it for Wong.'” Palmer continued while laughing. “And then he did not know yet whether or not you were the jokester that you are.”
A little after an hour into the “Doctor Strange” sequel, Wanda tosses Wong off Mount Wundagore. It’s not until about 30 minutes later the audience learns that Wong survived and is dangling on the side of the cliff.
“Yeah, he did not know,” Raimi said of having some fun with Wong. “He’s probably thinking, ‘Wait a minute, you idiot! I had planned on a long career with Marvel. What do you mean I die being thrown off a cliff?'” I think that’s what he was thinking for a moment. “
Wong was safe and made it through “Multiverse of Madness” alive.
In reality, the team considered killing off two other Marvel characters, Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp (from the “Ant-Man” franchise) and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in a gruesome way.
Earlier on the film’s commentary, Palmer revealed that another character who died, Sara (Sheila Atim), was actually supposed to be a bit of a love interest for Wong, but there were only hints of it on screen.
“I think we like to think that there was an unspoken thing between them,” Palmer said.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” is currently available digitally and is
on Disney +.