Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduces new characters and continues the tales of existing heroes, and one figure that appears in several projects, both with new and old heroes, is Wong, implying that he will be this phase’s, Phil Coulson. After the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the MCU’s first three stages, collectively known as the Infinity Saga, came to a close with Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the world is finally ready to go ahead. Phase 4 encompasses both TV series and films, further developing this interconnected universe, and one figure is responsible for connecting all of the projects together: Wong is a writer from Hong Kong (Benedict Wong)
Characters from one trilogy appear in another without issue because the MCU is a linked universe, but these pleasant visits seem to have picked more steam in recent years. Thor will be joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: Love and Thunder, and Doctor Strange will appear in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but there is one supporting character who will appear in very different scenarios than what viewers are used to seeing him in, and that is Strange’s colleague Wong, who will appear in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Wong is a master of the Mystic Arts, and when Stephen Strange came, he was the custodian of all the books at Kamar-Taj, aiding him in his studies whenever he could. Following Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) was defeated at the conclusion of Doctor Strange, Wong joined Strange and Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in defending Earth from the Dark Dimension, and after Kaecilius’ (Mads Mikkelsen) defeat, he joined Strange in protecting the Sanctum Sanctorum in New York. Wong reappeared in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, fighting with Strange and Tony Stark when Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian arrived, and he reappeared in Endgame as one of the dead heroes following Thanos’ snap. Wong will now appear in films that do not include team-ups, playing a function similar to that of Phil Coulson in Phase 1.
Nick Fury’s greatest S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and his right hand in several crucial operations was Coulson (Clark Gregg). Coulson appeared in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers (and later in Captain Marvel because it’s set in the 1990s, but that’s Phase 3), and was killed by Loki in the first Avengers film, which gave the heroes the motivation they needed to properly team up and defeat Loki and the Chitauri army. Wong appears to be following these instructions. Wong, like Coulson, maybe the one who links them all together, as he appears in two films outside of the Doctor Strange universe. Shang-Chi is new to the MCU, and Wong might be able to ease him into it.
It remains to be seen if Wong will feature in future planned MCU projects, whether in Phase 4 or beyond, as well as what role he will play in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Spider-Man: No Way Home – but hopefully, he will not meet the same sad and violent end as Phil Coulson.
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