Wong


Wong

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Wong
250px Drstrange Wong
Wong.
Art by Mike Allred.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Strange Tales #110 (Jul 1963)
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
In-story information
Alter ego Wong
Supporting character of Doctor Strange
New Avengers

Wong is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. He is the sidekick of Doctor Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. Wong was first mentioned in the comic Strange Tales #110 and first appeared in Strange Tales #147. In the 2006 miniseries Dr. Strange: the Oath, it was revealed that Wong stems from a family of monks living in Kamar-Taj. He has a cousin currently in training in the occult and has talked to him about one day replacing Wong as a servant to Dr. Strange.

Contents

  • 1 Fictional character biography
    • 1.1 Romances and Relationships
  • 2 Powers and abilities
  • 3 Other versions
    • 3.1 Marvel Zombies
    • 3.2 Strange (2005)
    • 3.3 Ultimate Wong
  • 4 Other media
    • 4.1 Television
    • 4.2 Film
    • 4.3 Video games
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

[edit] Fictional character biography

Wong is the descendant and look-alike of Kan, a Chinese monk who lived roughly one thousand years ago and was a student of the occult. Kan was also a teacher and a healer, and though his order of monks was devoted to the ways of peace, he was also a skillful warrior who would fight when necessary.

One day Kan discovered a strange temple. Exploring it, Kan was drawn against his will through a mystical black mirror into an otherdimensional realm. There Kan met Jehan, king of Siridar, his sister, Princess Shialmar, and their court magician, Vung, the one who had cast the spell drawing Kan through the mirror. Jehan persuaded Kan to lead his people in a war against the Wizard Kings who ruled this otherdimertsional realm. Kan agreed to do so. During his time in this realm, Kan and Shialmar fell in love with each other.

Ultimately Kan led his forces to complete victory over the forces of the Wizard Kings, and all but one of the Wizard Kings were killed. But Kan did not realize he was a pawn in Vung’s secret plans. Vung captured both Kan and Shialmar and prepared to sacrifice them to the demonic race he secretly served, the N’garai. Shialmar offered, the N’garai her own soul, in exchange for power. The N’garai complied, transforming Shialmar into the Shadowqueen, a sorceress of great mystical power who was nearly incapable of love. The Shadowqueen slew Vung and sent Kan back to China.

Back on Earth, Kan returned to the life of a priest. Kan deeply regretted aiding Vung in defeating the Wizard Kings and sought to atone by devoting his life and those of his first-born male descendants to the service of mystics who themselves serve the forces of good. Ever since then, the firstborn males of Wong’s family have carried on this tradition. For the ten generations preceding Wong’s, the first-born males have served the Ancient One, the former sorcerer supreme of the Earth dimension. The last of the members of Wong’s family to serve the Ancient One was Wong’s own father, Hamir the Hermit, who remained with the Ancient One up to the time of the latter’s death.

Wong was the first-born son of Hamir, and thus his life was dedicated to the Ancient One from earliest childhood. When Wong was four years old, Hamir presented him to the Ancient One. Subsequently, Wong was sent to a remote monastery to receive training in how to serve a master sorcerer. Wong’s relatives were allowed to visit him on occasions. Shortly before Wong’s tenth birthday, Hamir brought a young couple to the monastery to visit Wong and made a marriage pact with them, betrothing Wong to their as yet unborn daughter. During his training at the monastery, Wong mastered certain Oriental martial arts. He remains highly adept in the martial arts, although since actually becoming a servant he no longer practices them as much as he once did.

When Wong reached adulthood, the Ancient One sent him to the United States to his disciple, Doctor Stephen Strange. Wong was the first member of his family to come to America. Wong has now served Strange loyally and well for many years. During that time Strange has succeeded the Ancient One as sorcerer supreme of the Earth dimension.

Strange’s secretary, Sara Wolfe, became strongly attracted to Wong, who began to reciprocate her feelings. However, Wong put an end to what might have become a romance with Wolfe when he was notified that Imei Chang, the woman to whom he was betrothed, had at last come of age to be married. Currently, Imei Chang lives in New York City, and the relationship between Wong and Imei appears to be proceeding well.

At one point Wong was abducted by otherdimensional sorcerers to the realm that was still ruled by the Shadowqueen. Doctor Strange followed Wong there and rescued him from the Shadowqueen’s dungeon. Wong helped Strange battle the Shadowqueen, who finally perished.

Wong and the empath, Topaz, were both abducted to another planet by the alien sorcerer, Urthona, when the latter used his magical powers to steal Doctor Strange’s house and the mystical talismans and books it contained. Urthona even viciously mutilated Wong’s face while holding him prisoner, Strange defeated Urthona and rescued Wong and Topaz. Back on Earth, Topaz used her healing powers to restore Wong’s face to normalcy.

In order to rescue Wong and Topaz, Strange had found it necessary to unleash mystical forces that, he believed, destroyed the mystical talismans and books that Urthona had stolen, thus preventing Urthona from using them for evil purposes. (In actuality unknown to Strange, the books and talisman, wire not destroyed but were instead spirited away by the mystical entity, Agemotto. The disappearance of these talismans from the Earth dimension broke certain ancient spells holding various mystical menaces in check.

Strange subsequently cast a spell causing the population of the world, including Wong and Sara Wolfe, to believe him dead. As a result Wong and Wolfe perceived Strange as a man named Stephen Sanders. Strange made Wong and Wolfe the joint administrators of the Stephen Strange Memorial Metaphysical Institute, an institution for research into the occult. Strange then embarked on a long quest during which he succeeded in defeating a number of the menaces that the disappearance of the talismans had unleashed, most notably Shuma-Gorath.

Following the defeat of Shuma-Gorath, Strange returned to New York City and released Wong and Sara Wolfe from his spell. Realizing that Strange was not dead, Wong and Wolfe warmly welcomed him back. Since then, the general populace has also learned that Doctor Strange is still alive and Strange has regained his missing talismans and books.

When Imei was apparently altered into a hideous demon by one of Strange’s enemies, Wong hoped that Strange would be able to help her. Strange was having problems of his own at the time, and Wong took this as a sign that Strange wouldn’t be able to help Imei. This resulted in the first friction between the Sorcerer Supreme and his old friend. Finally, Strange managed to redirrect some attention to this matter, the magical probe revealed that the demon just acted like Imei. In fact he discovered that it wasn’t Imei at all, but only a construct that was made to believe it was and that the true Imei had been killed. Although Wong is as yet unmarried and childless, he has stated that his first-born son will follow the family tradition of serving a mystic devoted to good.

Wong’s father is Hamir the Hermit[1], the former manservant to Doctor Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One. Hamir still tends the Tibetan monastery as the Ancient One’s spiritual successor (while Dr. Strange was the Ancient One’s mystical successor)[2].

Wong traveled to America to serve as both bodyguard and manservant to the doctor. He has faithfully served Doctor Strange through many times, such as when Strange led the Defenders, Secret Defenders and partly through his leadership of the Midnight Sons.

Wong almost loses his life when he was kidnapped and mauled by a brutal, alien sorcerer. Wong was one of the very few outside, involved entities to the Infinity Gauntlet incident, though he initially perceives it as a troubling dream or vision.

[edit] Romances and Relationships

Sara Wolfe, Strange’s neighbor and old friend, enters Wong’s life. Ancient demons, ‘Eye Killers’, slay Wolfe’s boyfriend, Douglas Royce. Strange later encounters the monsters in battle. Wolfe eventually becomes Strange’s secretary and becomes involved romantically with Wong.

Wong has also been romantically involved with Imei, a woman betrothed to him when he was much younger. After many adventures with Wong and Dr. Strange, Imei perishes, killed by Sister Nil. This is during a difficult battle when Strange is faced with a choice of saving Imei, or saving many others. He did not choose Imei. This incident causes Wong to become mentally unhinged. For a while he operates as a staunch opponent of Strange, allying himself with other forces in order to battle him. The two eventually make their peace, re-establishing their old relationship.

Said relationship then changes for the better, as both try to treat each other as equals, instead of master and servant.

Wong has been a supporting character in the pages of “New Avengers”. A small grouping of superheroes, such as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Luke Cage and others, have taken refuge in Doctor Strange’s home, hiding from the effects of the Superhuman Reigstration Act. Wong has taken to serving them just as ably as Strange himself.

After Doctor Strange leaves the Sanctum Sanctorum and is stripped of his position as Sorcerer Supreme, Wong does not go with the New Avengers. His current whereabouts are unknown, as is whether or not he will serve the new Sorcerer Supreme.

[edit] Powers and abilities

He is a master martial artist, capable at incapacitating all manner of terrestrial foe with speed and efficiency. Moreover, he is well-acquainted with the dark arts as servant to Strange. Although Wong can hold his own against mystical forces, he has no magical abilities of his own, though has performed spells in the past, aided by Strange.

[edit] Other versions

[edit] Marvel Zombies

In Marvel Zombies vs. The Army of Darkness #3, Wong, while alone in the Sanctum, is slain and eaten by an infected Doctor Druid.

[edit] Strange (2005)

In this limited series, a pony-tailed Wong fights side by side with a rookie Doctor Strange and Clea against the assembled forces of Baron Mordo and Dormammu. After they defeat their enemies, Wong, unsure if it is a ‘good thing’, willingly takes the position as Strange’s servant.

[edit] Ultimate Wong

Wong also made several appearances in the Ultimate Universe, where he was once again a servant to Dr. Strange, Junior.

[edit] Other media

[edit] Television

  • Wong figured prominently in the 1978 made-for-TV movie/series pilot Dr. Strange, played by Clyde Kusatsu.
  • Wong appeared alongside Doctor Strange in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series voiced by George Takei. Wong wielded twin swords that were mystically enhanced.

[edit] Film

  • Wong is a master sorcerer and Strange’s mentor in Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme voiced by Paul Nakauchi. This version of Wong has a full head of (grey) hair.

[edit] Video games

  • Wong appeared as a non-playable character in the game Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Michael Hagiwara. He is seen in Sanctum Sanctorum and even requests for the heroes to find the Eye of the Shadow Queen in Mephisto’s Realm. He has special dialogue with Doctor Strange.

[edit] References

  1. ^ Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts #44, December 1980, Marvel Comics.
  2. ^ Doctor Strange: Shamballa (Marvel Graphic Novel #23), 1986, Marvel Comics.



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