Doctor Strange 2 Concept Art Shows Wong’s Super Gory Scrapped Death
New Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness concept art shows Wong’s death that was not kept in the movie, and its super gory. The multiverse installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 directed by Sam Raimi featured a surprisingly high body count. The use of different universes and variants of Marvel heroes meant viewers watched as versions of Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, and the Illuminati died during Doctor Strange 2. Raimi delivered gruesome deaths on a PG-13 rating through it all, including having Black Bolt’s head explode and Captain Carter cut in half.
It appears that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness nearly included a super gory death for Wong, as Doctor Strange 2 concept art from Rob Bliss (shared by Scarlet Witch News on Twitter) depicts his scrapped demise.
The concept art shows Wong with his head sliced in half and his brains spilled on the floor. It is unclear if the Doctor Strange 2 concept art is showing the MCU’s main Wong dead or if this is meant to be a variant of the character. The universe that he comes from does not change the gory nature of Wong’s scrapped death that may have been planned during earlier versions of the movie’s script.
There are multiple points in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness where Wong could have died, and such an event would have totally changed the MCU. Benedict Wong’s character became a prominent fixture during Phase 4 after making appearances in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and She-Hulk: Attorney At Law. The first two would still happen based on the MCU timeline, but Wong’s death in Doctor Strange 2 would mean no role for him in She-Hulk and meeting Madisynn.
Wong not returning in other MCU movies and shows would rob audiences of more of a fan-favorite character, but it would more importantly leave the MCU without a Sorcerer Supreme again. This would mean Doctor Strange’s MCU future is completely changed. Benedict Cumberbatch’s character would be expected to become the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme if Wong died. That would also mean Strange would be responsible for training America Chavez and other potential Masters of the Mystic Arts.
Instead of Doctor Strange 2 giving Wong a gory death like this concept art shows, he is set up to be an important figure in the Multiverse Saga. Audiences should see much more of him as Phases 5 and 6 unfold and the multiverse becomes a bigger piece to the MCU’s storytelling. It could even include the Wong Disney+ show Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sets up.