Marvel has become the savior of cinemas. Movies from the cinematic universe based on comics never fail. There are no known box office flops generated by them. On the contrary, every new film is eagerly awaited by fans, eager to see where their favorite characters go next. Under the command of Kevin Feige and hand in hand with Disney, Marvel has managed to create a legion of followers, empty theaters and create a story map where each film leads to the next. As if that wasn’t enough, for years they’ve been adding a Disney+ series that wraps up all of these stories.
After Spider-Man: No Way Home, which grossed around $1,900 million worldwide, blew the treasury, comes the second part of Doctor Strange, the hero starring Benedict Cumberbatch, who in this new film Nicknamed The Multiverse Madness, explore the parallel worlds that were featured in the previous Spider-Man installment. To pull this off, they went back to basics and hired Sam Raimi, the legendary director of Infernal Possession, who directed the first Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire as the lead character to Marvel frenzy.
A film that continues the plot of the last Spider-Man, but above all WandaVisión, the first Marvel series for Disney+, as confirmed by Benedict Wong, who plays Wong, and explains that this film is a continuation of those stories that “converge on a new highway that leads us to this film.” The actor makes it clear that “Marvel fans will be very happy with this part.” Wong is shown trained against spoilers, no matter what you ask him about rumors, cameos or possible star performances, he always dodges a bullet. “Whose? I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he says, before laughing when he mentions one of the rumors that are floating around the internet these days.
Any image, advertisement or trailer is analyzed by fans down to the smallest detail. They are looking for references, connections… “Easter eggs”, as they are called. Benedict Wong admits that he finds “everything that happens to the fans is very funny”, but, of course, invites them to cinemas so that they can see if “their theories are true.” What is already known is that this film features America Chavez, a character with two lesbian mothers, who wears an LGTBQ badge, clearly visible on his jacket. Marvel has been criticized many times for the fact that while they have always been ahead in racial diversity, they have been one step behind in sexual diversity. Wong credits the film as a breakthrough “thanks to America’s character Chavez.” “Any minority representation is important, and that’s something Marvel does very well. Look at Shang Chi, Ms. Marvel… and now look at the representation of the LGBT community in this movie,” he adds.
One of the most important news is the return of Sam Raimi to the franchise. Wong confirms that he was “great to work with”. “He is a legend in two genres of films such as horror films and superhero films. He is the godfather of Marvel films. He directed the first Spider-Man and I think 20 years later is the perfect time to come back and make this movie. It’s amazing what he did,” he says.
Cinemas are looking forward to this film, and analysts are wondering how much it will bring in at the box office. The bets are that it will reach 200 million on the first weekend in the US alone, but Wong prefers not to think about it: “I don’t have any expectations about it. I think there is a desire to consume these stories because they are connected to people, and there is a desire for cinema and a desire to see this film.” Of course, he believes that this thirst for cinema is not only superheroes, but “of course, all films.” “We make our art so that they can be seen there. People are filming these stories so that they can be seen on the screen, and we should celebrate it,” he says.
I have been collecting comics since I was 14. I spent my days in Manchester in a comic shop that no longer exists. I am very lucky to be able to be a part of this.
When Wong read Marvel comics as a child, he never imagined that he would become the Sorcerer Supreme: “It’s wonderful. It’s a dream to be here in the Marvel Universe. I’ve been collecting comics since I was 14, mostly about Spider-Man. I used to spend my days in Manchester in a comic book shop which sadly no longer exists. Looking for new stories, looking at covers… I realized that I love storytelling and that’s why I decided to become an actor, so I’m very lucky to be able to be a part of it.”
When he started in the Marvel Universe, he didn’t think the character would develop that much: “Looking at the source material, Wong was almost a tea servant in the library, but when I met Kevin Feige, he told me where he wanted to take the character” . During these years, his character became the Sorcerer Supreme, giving him great relevance in film. The actor does not become isolated in the series about his character: “Yes, of course, I would love it, and I think there are a lot of fans who would love it, so we’ll see. I think there are many narrative lines and stories that could be developed with Wong.”
One of the things Marvel movies are always criticized for is the lack of sex. Directors like Pedro Almodovar or David Cronenberg have said they lack eroticism in the MCU. Wong laughs out loud when asked for his opinion: “I’ll do my best, we’ll have to talk to Kevin Feige.”
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