The She-Hulk: Attorney at Law trailer has arrived, along with a casting announcement! Benedict Wong will appear in She-Hulk as one of the finest characters in the MCU: Wong, according to the release. Not only is this appearance fantastic in and of itself, but it also clarifies one of his past appearances!
Wong, the gruff, scene-stealing Sorcerer Supreme, is one of the most undervalued characters in the MCU. We first saw Wong in Doctor Strange, when he was a librarian at the Kamar-Taj who was not afraid to put the arrogant doctor in his place. When Thanos returned to Earth in quest of the time stone, Wong and Stephen fought Ebony Maw and the rest of the Black Order in Avengers: Infinity War. Finally, he returned as the Sorcerer Supreme in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, when he battled Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.
Before Spider-Man, though, Wong made a memorable cameo in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. After Shawn gets a letter from his estranged sister Xialing, Shang-Chi and Katy arrive to the Golden Daggers Club in Macau. Wong and a massive green monster engage in one of the bouts in the club. After Wong wins the battle, he summons the creature Emil as they enter a high-tech-looking area through a portal. Wong convenes a session with Bruce Banner and Carol Danvers to address the beacon emanating from Shang-rings Chi’s during the end credits scene. (Then he, Shang-Chi, and Katy all get drunk and sing karaoke, which may not be significant, but is one of the greatest end-credits sequences of all time, so it is always worth mentioning.)
Anyone who sees The Incredible Hulk (2008) will identify Emil as Emil Blonsky (Tim Roth) or the Abomination. Abomination was the primary antagonist in The Incredible Hulk, and after being defeated by Hulk, he was sent to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in Alaska known as the Vault. Other than a short opportunity for freedom in the Marvel one-shot “The Consultant,” it is likely that Abomination remained in the Vault until Wong broke him out so they could earn money battling at the Golden Dagger. At the conclusion of their battle, Wong and Emil likely go via their portal to the Vault.
What role does Wong have in She-Hulk?
In the She-Hulk trailer, when Jennifer’s employer informs her that he wants her to be the public face of their legal firm’s superhuman branch, we see a quick glimpse of Emil in the Vault. Then, towards the conclusion, we see his transformation into Abomination. However, Wong does not featured in the trailer.
So, what might Wong be doing with She-Hulk? Given that his most recent appearance was with Abomination, Marvel will likely develop this connection further. Jennifer may work as Emil’s attorney in an attempt to get him exonerated and released (in “The Consultant,” Emil nearly became an Avenger until S.H.I.E.L.D. urged the World Security Council to keep him imprisoned). If this is the case, then Wong might represent Emil. Considering that Wong is a world-famous superhero in his own right, he likely has some influence.
If Wong’s involvement in She-Hulk hinges upon Abomination, he will likely not play a significant role in the series. After all, “Phase 4” is separating Marvel’s heroes into several branches, with Wong belonging to the supernatural/magical branch and the Hulks to the Avengers branch. There has not been a significant amount of crossover across the branches so far.
But you never can tell! Wong might have considerable screen time.
In any event, Wong’s random appearances on Phase 4 properties should continue at full speed. Why? Why? Because Wong is the greatest. He is the greatest. His personality resembles that of a 100-year-old snapping turtle with a soft place for you. However, he listens to Beyoncé at the library and participates in cage bouts on the side. He is an oddball, and we adore him. If you’re listening, Marvel: Put Wong everywhere! Need more Wong!