Doctor Strange star opens up about his surprise Shang-Chi role

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Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

Benedict Wong says he's "super thrilled" to have a role in upcoming Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The actor, who was introduced as Wong in 2016's Doctor Strange before reprising the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, was glimpsed as the character in the film's most recent trailer, as the Master of the Mystic Arts comes face-to-face with Tim Roth's Abomination – who hasn't been seen onscreen since 2008's The Incredible Hulk – in a cage fight.

Photo credit: Disney
Photo credit: Disney

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His involvement has surprised and delighted MCU fans and according to Wong, it had the same effect on him, too, as it took him a while to find out that the powers that be were hoping he'd be down to don the Kamar-Taj clobber for a fourth time. (You know, before doing so for a fifth in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness?)

"When Shang-Chi was happening, I was so pleased that it was happening but I was a little kind of crestfallen I wasn't a part of it," Wong told SYFY Wire in a new interview. "Then the call [from Marvel Studios] came. And I was like, 'Yes!'

"You know, I'm super thrilled... to be sat at a table of Asian excellence, it was amazing," he continued. "I'm a big fan of all of those artists. Tony Leung (In the Mood for Love) is a massive idol of mine. So it's been constant surprises, that's what [the role of Wong] gives me."

Photo credit: Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Marvel Studios

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Scheduled for release on September 3, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was directed by Just Mercy's Destin Daniel Cretton, and follows the titular martial artist as he's forced to confront his past after being drafted into a centuries-old organisation.

Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, while Awkwafina plays his pal Katy and Tony Leung Chiu-wai portrays Wenwu (aka The Mandarin), Shang-Chi's father and leader of the Ten Rings. Star Trek: Discovery's Michelle Yeoh rounds out the main cast as Jiang Nan.

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