Spoilers for all works set prior to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are unmarked.
Masters of the Mystic Arts
The Masters of the Mystic Arts
Appearances: Doctor Strange | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
Doctor Strange: Well, after Western medicine failed me, I headed East, and I ended up in Kathmandu. [...] I went to a place called Kamar-Taj and I talked to someone called the Ancient One, and...
Palmer: Oh, so you joined a cult.
Strange: No, I didn't. Not exactly. I mean, they did teach me to tap into powers that I never even knew existed.
Palmer: Yeah, that sounds like a cult.
An international group of Sorcerers dedicated to protecting the world from magical threats. They are trained at Kamar-Taj, a secret monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Ancient Artifacts: Houses a number of these, such as the Eye of Agamotto.
- Badass Bookworm: Most sorcerers given that learning the craft takes "study and practice; years of it".
- Foil: To the society of K'un-Lun. Both are cloistered secret societies that practice magic and martial arts, but differ strongly in their ideologies, methods, and attitudes towards the outside world. Kamar-Taj's purpose is to protect the world from mystical threats like Dormammu, while K'un-Lun is a borderline-fanatic enemy of the Hand, dedicated to solely protecting their own village. Kamar-Taj makes use of modern technology like tablets or the Internet and accepts newcomers, while K'un-Lun is isolated and archaic, with outsiders being a rare sight (this is at least somewhat justified, as K'un-Lun spends most of its time in another dimension). While Kamar-Taj teaches the mystic arts to all of its students, K'un-Lun has only a single mystically empowered champion (the Iron Fist).
- Barrier Warrior: Their preferred method of combat is fighting with shields made out of Instant Runes. This becomes pivotal in the climatic battle in Endgame after Thanos orders his ship to fire on the battlefield, shielding the allied heroes who were otherwise defenseless against the aerial bombardment.
- Big Damn Heroes: They are among the many armies who answer the call to arms to fight Thanos at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
- Identically Powered Team: Justified, given that all of the members have either been taught by the Ancient One or have been taught by students of the Ancient One.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: The sorcerers and students of Kamar-Taj use Supernatural Martial Arts in tandem with their spellcasting abilities. Additionally, they also use magically-imbued weapons and gear or "Relics" in combat.
- Magical Society: The Masters of the Mystic Arts are pretty much a benevolent order of magic practitioners dedicated to protect Earth from supernatural threats, study magic, and occasionally help individuals through magic (one student specifically came to heal his broken back).
- Magical Gesture: Magic does not technically require these to function, but almost all sorcerers use them to focus their powers.
- Magical Library: Stuffed with many a Spell Book and Tome of Eldritch Lore.
- Reality Warper: Sufficiently advanced sorcerers can use their powers to shape reality in many ways: alter the direction of gravity, transform rooms or even entire landscapes into impossible Alien Geometries, and more. It's slightly downplayed, as these techniques are restricted only to the Mirror Dimension, not the real world. For Kaecilius after the Dark Dimension ritual, this restriction no longer applies.
- The Shangri-La: Secret temple hidden in the Himalayas and only open to acolytes seeking wisdom and enlightenment? Oh yeah.
- Squishy Wizard: Despite the massive amount of power at the disposal of sorcerers, they still have human vulnerabilities, as seen when more than a few of them are taken out through stabbings, crushing, or other forms of death.
- Supernatural Team: The Masters of the Mystic Arts are the only team in the MCU that has no members that are science heroes, scientifically advanced individuals or aliens, being humans able to wield magic.
- Thinking Up Portals: With mastery of the Sling Ring, any practitioner of the Mystic Arts can conjure a spinning portal made of sparks to go virtually anywhere on Earth. Though the Sling Rings are unique to them, the type of portal they summon is not as Robbie Reyes can conjure one as well by spinning his chain in a wide circle motion.
- Wizarding School: Kamar-Taj is a temple Hidden in Plain Sight in Kathmandu, Nepal where the Ancient One and the Masters of the Mystic Arts live and Supernatural Martial Arts and various other forms of sorcery. Students are allowed the option to leave with what they learned if they want (as was the case with Jonathan Pangborn) or stay and defend Earth's dimension from anything that seeks to threaten it. Kamar-Taj is one of the rare examples of the trope that is a school for adults.
The Ancient One
Portrayed by: Tilda Swinton
Voiced by: Patricia Palestino (Latin-American Spanish dub), Nuria Mediavilla (European Spanish dub), Françoise Cadol (French dub), Nathalie Coupal (Canadian French dub), Kanako Higuchi (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Doctor Strange | Avengers: Endgame
A Celtic mystic who trains Stephen Strange to be a Sorcerer.
- The Ace: The best fighter among all the heroes.
- Action Girl: She's a powerful sorcerer and a skilled hand-to-hand combat, using a type of Supernatural Martial Arts in combat.
- Ambiguous Gender: Kevin Feige says that she uses feminine pronouns, but her gender is ultimately up for interpretation. Tilda Swinton herself says she wasn't sure if she should play the character as male or female.
- The Anti-Nihilist: In direct contrast to Kaecilius, whose actions are fueled by a belief that death renders life meaningless, the Ancient One expresses the view that mortality gives life meaning.
- The Archmage: The Sorcerer Supreme of MCU, with Authority Equals Asskicking to boot.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: She's the leader of the Kamar-Taj and extremely powerful and skilled.
- Badass Long Robe: When she goes to fight, she puts on a long yellow robe with a hood that hides her face.
- Badass Teacher: She teaches students from time to time, and is able to whoop over a dozen of those students' asses in magic combat at once should they ever cross her, as the majority of Kaecilius' Zealots find out the hard way.
- Bald of Awesome: She's a bald, badass woman.
- Bald Women: She's a bald woman (albeit, androgynously so), which certainly adds a lot to the character's otherworldiness.
- Broken Pedestal: To Karl Mordo, especially when he learns that she draws power from the Dark Dimension.
- The Bus Came Back: Subverted as she appears in Avengers: Endgame — but only when they revisit the events of The Avengers, five years before her death.
- Combat Hand Fan: Her Weapon of Choice is a pair of tessen-esque fans that she forms from magical energy.
- Cross-Cast Role
- Dark Is Not Evil: She used the powers of the Dark Dimension. Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that such a practice is forbidden, and has caused several of her followers to abandon the order.
- Dark Secret: Her immortality is fueled by the Dark Dimension. This revelation causes dissent amongst her followers.
- Deadpan Snarker:
- She can lay down the snark with the best of them. This is seen after Strange waves off her teachings as things he could find in a gift shop:Ancient One: [having just sent Strange on a wild trip through dimensions] Have you seen that in a gift shop?
- When Strange asks her what was in the tea she gave him (assuming it contains psychedelic drugs after she pushes his astral form out of his body), her reply is that it was just tea... but it did have honey in it.
- She can lay down the snark with the best of them. This is seen after Strange waves off her teachings as things he could find in a gift shop:
- Decomposite Character: She is not a single Ancient One as in the comics, but another person who has taken the title. Her comic book counterpart's look, including the cropped beard and robe, has been transferred to Hamir in the movie.
- Dies Differently in Adaptation: Here, the Ancient One is killed by Kaecillius. In the comics, the culprit was Shuma-Gorath, an extra-dimensional Eldritch Abomination who hasn't yet appeared in the MCU.
- Face Death with Dignity: Unlike Strange, who returned to his mortal body after being badly wounded, the Ancient One's astral form doesn't try to return. She does slow down time to stretch out her final moments, but in the end she leaves Stephen with the same serenity as always.
- Gender Lift: From male in the comics to female (albeit, androgynously so) here.
- Good Is Not Soft: She is an easily approachable person, always with an air of serenity around her. Yet, she has no qualms with putting students through life-threatening situations to get them to learn quickly. Also, she is not afraid to bend and break her own rules to do what's right.
- Hero of Another Story: Endgame shows that she's protecting New York Sanctum Santorum from Chitauri's invasion while the Avengers are fighting somewhere else in the city.
- Hypocrite: Kaecillius accuses her of being one since she draws power from the Dark Dimension just like him.
- Hypocrisy Nod: She acknowledges that drawing power from the Dark Dimension is wrong and she always hated doing so because it was forbidden.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She's willing to bend, even break, the rules to protect the world.
- Immortals Fear Death: She confides to Strange that after all her centuries of life she expected to be prepared for its end, but she's not.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Kaecilius kills her, though the long fall and impact that followed may have finished the job.
- Lady of War: Best seen in the opening, where she fights Kaecilius and his Zealots in her yellow robe, using a wide array of graceful blows.
- Legacy Character: She isn't the first Ancient One.
- The Mentor: The Ancient One teaches the residents of Kamar-Taj in the art of sorcery.
- Mentor Occupational Hazard: She gets killed by Kaecilius; Strange and Christine are unable to save her life, despite their efforts.
- Made of Iron: The fall she suffered would have killed a regular human, even without the stab wound. Justified, as she can not only reinforce her body with sorcery, but also draws upon the powers of the Dark Dimension which help ward off death.
- Not So Similar: Kaecilius considers her a hypocrite for opposing him, despite drawing power from the Dark Dimension herself, but the Ancient One expresses shame for using the Dark Dimension's power to stay alive, while Kaecilius has fallen far enough that he believes allowing Earth to be assimilated by Dormammu to be a good thing. The fact that she doesn't draw so much power that it would disfigure her face also helps.
- Not So Stoic: Occasionally small cracks will appear in her usual calm demeanor, such as nervously fiddling with her wooden fan while waiting for Strange to return from Everest.
- Old Master: As her title suggests, she's very old, despite not looking it.
- Omnidisciplinary Scientist: In addition to her vast knowledge of the Mystic Arts, she also demonstrates an impressive understanding of medicine, as seen in her first conversation with Strange.
- One-Hit KO: Nonlethal, but one hit of her palm strike will send your astral body away, leaving your physical form unconscious and helpless. Considering she takes out the Hulk this way, it's evident that physical might is irrelevant.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her name and origins are kept mysterious, as befits her persona.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The Ancient One is usually cheerful and confident, with a playful sense of humor. So if she looks worried, or serious, there might be a problem.
- The Paragon: Subverted. She is given the air of one, teaching Strange and the other disciples that magic is built from within and practice, dedication, and respect for the teaching will make them all greats. However she gets called out even at the very beginning of the film for misusing the things she warns her students against and eventually Strange makes the same accusations, gradually fracturing Mordo's view that she abides by her principles. Eventually it all comes out and ruins Mordo's faith in the teachings of Kamar-Taj.
- Race Lift: Subverted given the Legacy Character trope. It seems very likely the original was Tibetan, this one however is Celtic.
- Really 700 Years Old: Possibly. Mordo says she's Celtic, which means she's over a thousand years old or from one of the Celtic nations such as Ireland (which would be more likely to use the more precise term Gaelic).
- Seen It All: Should come as no surprise given her incredible life-span and her abilities, but it still says something that she wasn't surprised at all to meet a future Bruce Banner during the events of Endgame.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: She gets Strange to master the Sling Ring by abandoning him halfway up Mount Everest, where he would only have a matter of minutes to open a portal back home before freezing to death. A comment from Mordo makes it clear that this is not the first time she's done something like this to a slow pupil.
- Training from Hell: She makes Stephen undergo one of these, leaving him to freeze to death in the Everest until he learns how to make a portal that will lead him back to the temple.
- Tranquil Fury: When Strange reveals that he knows she draws power from the Dark Dimension, the Ancient One is clearly angry, but keeps her voice dead calm.Ancient One: Measure your next words very carefully, doctor.
- Trickster Mentor: Is an enormous troll to obstinate students who need a wake up call, in both magical and non-magical ways, and Mordo implies that Strange isn't the only person to see that side of her. May God help if you are outright disrespectful — she might up the "trickster" part and need some convincing to take up the "mentor" part.
- Troll: She seems to thoroughly enjoy messing with Strange, and helps him find his magical breakthrough by nearly killing him. She also shows him the wonders of the multiverse and then promptly kicks him out.
- The Trope Without a Title: The Ancient One has no known name. The fact that she's not the first Ancient One only accentuates this.
- Vague Age: Due to identifying her as "Celtic" not narrowing things down she could have been born anywhere from the time of Julius Caesar to the Tudor Conquest of Ireland. She could be even younger than that.
- Weapon of Choice: Whenever the Ancient One goes into battle, her projections appear fan-like. Sure enough, during select scenes at Kamar-Taj, she's seen holding a traditional wooden fan.
- Woman in White: When not in her yellow robe, she wears white.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: When Strange despairs of the fact that he spent his last dollar chasing a hope of a cure for his nerve damage that turns out to be mystical mumbo-jumbo, she shows him in no uncertain terms that magic is actually real, then refuses to help him and has him thrown out on the street. Zig-zagged when she eventually relents and in Avengers Endgame it's outright confirmed that she intended to do so from the start, having foreseen Strange's great potential since the events of The Avengers.
Master Karl Amadeus Mordo
Portrayed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Voiced by: Ricardo Méndez (Latin-American Spanish dub), Carlos Di Blasi (European Spanish dub), Frantz Confiac (French dub), Marc-André Bélanger (Canadian French dub), Daisuke Ono (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Doctor Strange
A fellow student of the Ancient One, who helps to train Stephen Strange when he arrives in Kamar-Taj.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Karl Mordo is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, a very handsome actor who has even been included in People Magazine's annual "Sexiest Man Alive" feature. This is in sharp contrast to the comics, where Mordo (especially when drawn by Steve Ditko) was often depicted as an unappealing middle-aged man with a prominent widow's peak.
- Adaptational Heroism: He's an outright villain in the comics, but is Stephen's friend, ally, and mentor throughout the first Doctor Strange. Even his FaceHeel Turn is portrayed in the idea of a somewhat understandable Knight Templar, rather than an outright Evil Sorcerer.
- Adaptation Personality Change: From asshole card-carrying villain in the comics to charming and kind mentor and friend here.
- Affably Evil: Post FaceHeel Turn, Mordo is quite courteous towards Pangborn, calmly explaining his motives and reasoning as he takes away Pangborn's magic and with it, his ability to walk.
- Badass Long Robe: He wears a black one when trailing Strange and dispatching the three thugs attacking him.
- Badass Teacher: One of the teachers at Kamar-Taj, and a badass fighter.
- Black and White Insanity: He is very clear on not breaking the Laws of Nature and violating the rules of magic and eventually turns against sorcerers at the end of the film.
- Broken Pedestal: Has a major case of this when he finds out that the Ancient One is drawing on power from the Dark Dimension.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Just like Helmut Zemo, he does not have the title of Baron.
- Composite Character: By the end of Doctor Strange, he's adopted some traits from a comic book character called the Imperator. Like him, Mordo wants to rid the world of magic.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In Doctor Strange, it's frequently hinted that as a student, he suffered from many problems that he had to overcome through years of discipline. What this entailed has yet to be explained. He also remarks that he came to Kamar-Taj seeking the power to defeat his enemies, further implying a troubled past.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a few moments of this, especially when he interacts with Strange.Mordo::No more questions.
Strange: [about the Staff of the Living Tribunal] What's that?
Mordo: That's a question.
- Decomposite Character: His villainous persona from the comics and status as Dormammu's follower seems to have been transferred onto Kaecilius in the film.
- Defector from Decadence: From his perspective at least, if the Kamar-Taj are willing to bend their own teaching and play with taboo forces they aren't any better than their enemies in his mind, so he leaves the order after the world is saved.
- Deuteragonist: To Dr. Strange, given that he is Strange's mentor. They share screentime. In fact, one could consider Stephen's superhero origin as his supervillain origin.
- Does Not Like Magic: In this case, not anymore. He sees all magic as a violation of the natural order, and has sworn to depower or kill any remaining magic user on Earth.
- FaceHeel Turn: After being Stephen's closest ally throughout the whole film, he becomes disillusioned by Strange and the Ancient One's willingness to break the rules, as well as viewing the Ancient One as a Broken Pedestal, renounces magic and plots to deprive all sorcerers of their power.
- Fallen Hero: He becomes one after being disillusioned by Strange and the Ancient One's willingness to break the rules, deciding that the world has too many sorcerers willing to abuse their powers.
- Foil: To Stephen Strange. They both came to Kamar-Taj for selfish reasons (Strange wanted to heal his hands, while Mordo wanted power to defeat his enemies), only to discover a new purpose through their training there. While Mordo has, at the time of the film's beginning, been at Kamar-Taj for years, Strange is only just arriving. Strange questions his teachers, proves willing to adapt to somewhat looser moral codes, and thinks outside the box to solve his problems, while Mordo is almost blindly loyal, extremely rigid in his morals, and tends toward more direct solutions. Their attitudes toward killing (Strange avoids it whenever he can, while Mordo doesn't hesitate), response to learning the Ancient One's secret to immortality (Strange adjusts to the knowledge, but Mordo is disillusioned), and final paths in the film (Strange becomes dedicated to protecting Earth, while Mordo abandons Kamar-Taj to pursue a well-intentioned, but villainous role).
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has the straight across one cheek variation of this trope, which is usually a "good" scar.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Averted. Canonically, Stephen Strange's budding skill as a sorcerer turns him into one of these, which makes his choice in clothing rather appropriate. Here, however, he's encouraging of Stephen and remains the far more skilled sorcerer.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Becomes this at the end of the movie, after growing disillusioned with sorcerers as a whole.
- Kick the Dog: His first act of villainy is taking away Pangborn's ability to walk, reducing a friendly man to the state of full body paralysis.
- Knight Templar: Drifts towards a more extreme dogmatism throughout the film, ultimately settling on it after becoming disillusioned by Strange and the Ancient One's willingness to break the rules that they are supposed to keep. By The Stinger, he decides that all sorcerers are violating the natural order and starts using his advanced sorcery skills to hunt down all the other sorcerers regardless of who they are and the consequences to them, like paralysis.
- Last-Name Basis: Everyone calls him Mordo.
- Magic Staff: His weapon of choice is the Staff of the Living Tribunal, a magical Relic able to split into a chain of magic energy.
- The Mentor: At first. He is the first to introduce Strange to Kamar-Taj and his main teacher during his time there — Strange actually spends little time learning directly from the Ancient One, who is more of an "unapproachable old master" figure (though what he does learn is extremely impactful), so the main role of "mentor" goes to Mordo. The role eventually lessens as they go on to fight alongside each other against Kaecilius. Unfortunately, Strange doesn't lose Mordo to death, but to differences in ideology, which ultimately lead Mordo to a FaceHeel Turn.
- Mr. Exposition: Much of his role in the first film is to explain how magic works to Strange.
- Mysterious Protector: How Mordo is introduced to Strange; noticing him from a distance, following him with his hood down and he takes on the three thugs attacking him and dispatches them in a few seconds.
- Nice Guy: Humble and polite, he helps Stephen train in the mystic arts. At the end of the film, he still remains this way in Affably Evil mode after discovering the Ancient One and Stephen broke the rules of Kamar-Taj he disagrees with.
- Not Quite Flight: His Vaulting Boots of Valtorr allow him to create magical steps and platforms of energy underneath his feet in mid-air, allowing him to achieve semi-flight, make superhuman leaps, boost his attacks by vaulting around them, and slow long falls.
- Number Two: He's clearly the Ancient One's second in command.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Again, he took away a disabled mans only means of walking.
- Pride: Just like Strange, albeit in a different way. Mordo's pride comes from the knowledge that his time in Kamar-Taj has given him the strength to conquer his demons. The Ancient One tells him no man can escape his demons, merely be able to resist the temptation to succumb to them. His hunting down sorcerers at the end of the film show us he's given in.
- Principles Zealot: He has an extremely black and white view of the world. His inability to see any grey leads him to abandon his colleagues since they've come to recognize that bending reality is necessary when the situation calls for it. He then turn against them by hunting down sorcerers since he's come to see the very existence of magic as a violation of how the world works.
- Race Lift: From white in the comics to black here.
- Rugged Scar: Has several scars across his face, and in the novelization it's revealed that he has several scars on his chest as well.
- Scary Black Man: Averted. He is level-headed, charismatic, friendly, and reasonable to Strange. Played straight in the second stinger, when he's gone into full-blown Knight Templar mode. Pangborn is intimidated by him.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He takes Strange's use of forbidden magic and the Ancient One's drawing from the Dark Dimension as a grave insult and leaves the order of mages.
- Took a Level in Cynic: After he learns that the Ancient One drew powers from the Dark Dimension which is against the rules of Kamar Taj. He immediately loses his respect for his mentor and Kamar-Taj which gets worse when Stephen also breaks the rules by manipulating time with the Eye of Agamotto to save the world from Dormammu. He left the Sect to rid of all the sorcerers who also left Kamar Taj starting with disabling Pangborn's mobility which is cruel.
- Tricked-Out Shoes: His Vaulting Boots of Valtorr let him step and bounce on air.
- Ungrateful Bastard: So, Strange has just saved Earth from an Eldritch Abomination that seeks to absorb all other dimensions into his own and is otherwise only deterred by now-broken artifacts. How does Mordo thank him? Coming to the conclusion that using time magic is impermissible even under these circumstances, splitting off from the sorcerers of Kamar-Taj, and beginning to cull their numbers.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He keeps bantering with Stephen Strange, but seem to otherwise be friends.
- Weapon of Choice: Mordo uses the Staff of the Living Tribunal, which he uses to (as most mystical artifacts do) channels excess magic into attacks.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He is willing to kill to protect the world from sorcerers who toy with natural laws and go against the Ancient One's teachings, because those actions can have great consequences. When he found out his mentor and friend was willing to risk those consequences, he left Kamar-Taj and now hunts down sorcerers to protect the world instead.
Portrayed by: Benedict Wong
Voiced by: Víctor Manuel Espinoza (Latin-American Spanish dub), Santi Lorenz (European Spanish dub), Henri Carballido (French dub), Pierre-Étienne Rouillard (Canadian French dub), Miō Tanaka (Japanese dub)
Appearances: Doctor Strange | Avengers: Infinity War | Avengers: Endgame
A master of the Mystic Arts tasked with protecting Kamar-Taj's most valuable relics and books and training potential Sorcerers Supreme.
- Actually Pretty Funny: Wong bursts out in laughter upon hearing Strange's Bond One-Liner, which he is more unsettled by than anything else.
- Adaptational Badass: Wong in the comics isn't exactly a weak bystander, but for many years was characterized as a manservant to Strange (later retellings changed it into a bodyguard). He's given more purpose and skill here, being basically Kamar-Taj's resident Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- Advertised Extra: Similar to Captain Marvel and Okoye in Endgame, Wong was featured in poster marketing for both Infinity War and Endgame, indicating that he might be a major player in both films. However, he only appears in a couple of scenes as a Guest-Star Party Member in both films.
- Back from the Dead: At the end of Doctor Strange, he is killed when Kaecilius destroys the Hong Kong Sanctum. Strange has to use the Eye of Agamotto in order to bring him back.
- Badass Baritone: He has a deep, gravelly voice that adds to his intimidating demeanor.
- Badass Bookworm: He's a librarian and a very skilled sorcerer and combatant.
- Badass Teacher: He's one of Strange's mentors, and a badass to boot.
- Bald of Awesome: His hair is more close-shaved than outright shaved off, but he still applies.
- The Comically Serious: He does not understand jokes. Or at the very least he has a very demanding sense of humor, as suggested later in the film.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He's very tough on students.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Post-Doctor Strange, with Strange having become far more adept since that film, Wong's interactions with his former student are more or less of equals at least, having severely loosened up around him and the two pretty much behaving like close friends.
- Guest-Star Party Member: Wong serves this role for Iron Man's group in Avengers: Infinity War. He helps to fight Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian when they attack New York in order to get the Time Stone, even managing to cut off Obsidian's arm. Shortly after the fight is over, he returns to New York to protect the Sanctum as Strange has been captured, and he is not seen again for the rest of the film. He returns in Endgame, leading his own team of sorcerers for the Final Battle.
- Hypocritical Humor: During the scene reintroducing Dr. Strange and Wong at the start of Infinity War, they are debating which of them is going to buy lunch — Wong doesn't carry currency on his person, justifying it by saying that attachment to material wealth comes at the expense of spiritual enlightenment. He then realizes that he does have some change on him, specifically 200 rupees or about $1.50 in US money. Strange relents and offers to pay, upon which Wong expresses a hankering for a tuna melt.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He suffers this before Strange's rewind of time outside the Hong Kong Sanctum restores him to life.
- Killed Offscreen: Wong is found dead by Stephen and Mordo when they enter the destroyed Hong Kong Sanctum. Thanks to the Eye of Agamotto's time reversal, it doesn't last.
- Magic Librarian: He's basically Kamar-Taj's resident librarian.
- Not So Above It All:
- In regards to Stephen's remarks about modern music, as he's seen listening to Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" while working.
- He also laughs heartily at one of Strange's one-liners, which surprises Strange.
- In Infinity War, when Stark and Strange get into a snark-off and the topic of Ben & Jerry making an ice-cream flavor in Iron Man's honor is brought up, he interjects that he prefers the flavor they made to honor the Hulk.
- Likewise, in their first scene, when Strange offers to spot Wong (because the very few rupees he has only amount to $1.50) at the deli, he eagerly asks for a tuna melt. Before that, the fact that Wong's searching for whatever cash he has is effectively him backpedaling after Strange snarks at his ascetic attitude towards having money.
- Not So Stoic: He's obviously mildly panicking after Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto without realizing its dangers.
- Number Two: He's the Ancient One's second in command, alongside Mordo.
- Only One Name: He is only ever addressed as Wong and it's unclear if it's his given name or surname. Lampshaded by Stephen Strange who teases him by bringing up other famous people that only go by one name, such as Adele, Beyoncé, Eminem...
- Reimagining the Artifact: Scott Derrickson went to great pains to try and modernize Wong and give him a less subservient role, as he felt Wong being Strange's Asian butler would come across as offensive and politically incorrect to modern viewers.
- Scary Librarian: He's a rather overbearing presence, at least at first, and a definite badass. Considering what happened to his precedessor, it's likely deliberate on Ancient One's part.
- The Stoic: Most events don't seem to impact him much. This being said, see Not So Stoic.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: He's Master Hamir's son in the comics, but there's no sign of this relation in the movie.
- Weapon of Choice: During the Lock-and-Load Montage in the Hong Kong Sanctum, Wong takes a scepter that bears a striking resemblance to the Wand of Watoomb, especially its rounded horned ends.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: In Infinity War, Wong goes back to protect the Sanctum after Strange is kidnapped as Tony and Peter go after him. His fate as of the end of the film and the fingersnap was not shown onscreen and wasn't revealed until the sequel's #AvengeTheFallen marketing campaign that confirmed he was one of the survivors.
- You Are in Command Now: After the Ancient One's death he takes over as leader of Kamar-Taj, although he does not claim the mantle of the "Sorcerer Supreme".
Portrayed by: Topo Wresniwiro
Appearances: Doctor Strange
An elderly Master of the Mystic Arts of Kamar-Taj.
- Actually, That's My Assistant: Strange initially mistakes him as the Ancient One. He seems to have been placed there to intentionally force this, since the real Ancient One then thanks him and he walks out.
- Handicapped Badass: He's missing a hand, yet is still able to perform the magic the others can. This is used by the Ancient One to motivate Strange when he says he can't use magic because of his hands.
- Mythology Gag: Hamir bears the Ancient One's traditional appearance in the comics, which leads to him being mistaken by Stephen Strange to be the Ancient One.
- Old Master: One of the oldest Masters in Kamar-Taj.
- Unrelated in the Adaptation: He's Wong's father in the comics, but there's no sign of this relation in the movie.
Master Daniel Drumm
Portrayed By: Mark Anthony Brighton
Appearances: Doctor Strange
Daniel Drumm: And you know what that means?
Kaecilius: That you will die protecting it.
One of the four Masters of Mystic Arts, and the Master of New York's Sanctum Santorum.
- Alliterative Name: Daniel Drumm.
- All There in the Manual: While he doesn't have much screentime in the film, he gets more characterization in the Doctor Strange Prelude comics.
- Bald of Awesome: He has a bald head and is a Masters of Mystic Arts.
- Death by Adaptation: He lived to become successor to Brother Voodoo (who was actually his literal brother) in the comics. Granted, he died in the comics too, but remained a recurring character after becoming a ghost.
- Death by Origin Story: His death allows Stephen to become a Master of Mystic Arts, as well as the Master of Sanctum Sanctorum.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kaecilius runs him through with a spear right in front of Strange.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: His stance on the Ancient One (and where he differs with Kaecilius), namely that her methods shouldn't be questioned if they're for the greater good of Earth.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: We get to know very little about him before he is stabbed to death by Kaecilius.
Master Sol Rama
Portrayed By: Umit Ulgen
Appearances: Doctor Strange
One of the four Masters of Mystic Arts, and the Master of London's Sanctum Santorum.
Master Tina Minoru
Portrayed By: Linda Louise Duan
Appearances: Doctor Strange
The Master of Hong Kong's Sanctum Santorum.
- Adaptational Heroism: As a result of the Runaways Hulu show ignoring the movie and using their own version of Tina, this Tina is a steadfast and true master of the mystic arts and is not notably evil.
- Adaptational Nationality: Japanese-American in the comics, Chinese here. The lack of an Adaptational Name Change puts the character in an awkward position of being a Chinese character with a Japanese surname.
- All There in the Manual: Only appears in a very minor role in Doctor Strange, but has a major appearance in the prelude comic alongside Kaecillius, Wong, and Daniel Drumm. It is in the comic in which she's identified as Tina Minoru.
- Decomposite Character: As a result of the creators of Runaways (2017) not acknowledging Tina's role in Doctor Strange there are now two Tina Minorus in the MCU: the Master of the Mystic Arts and the CEO of Wizard and member of PRIDE.
- Demoted to Extra: As a result of most of her scenes being cut from Doctor Strange as well as Runaways disregarding the film as part of their Tina Minoru's background.
- Schrödinger's Canon: Though she technically appears in Doctor Strange, Runaways co-creator Josh Schwartz said the series won't address the events of the film, nor will she be established as being a current or former Master.
- We Used to Be Friends: Along with Wong and Daniel Drumm, she was friend and ally of Kaecillius in the Doctor Strange prelude comic before his FaceHeel Turn.
Appearances: Doctor Strange (mentioned)
The father of the mystic arts and Earths first Sorcerer Supreme.
- The Ace: He was a sorcerer of such power and skill that he was able to create the Eye of Agamotto, an artifact not only powerful enough to contain the energies of an Infinity Stone, but to allow any sufficiently skilled sorcerer to safely wield its awesome power.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the comics Agamotto is one of the Vishanti, a triumvirate of powerful mystical extra-dimensional entities. In the MCU he is a mortal human sorcerer.
- The Archmage: He invented/codified the system of magic that Strange's era of Sorcerers use and created the Sanctums they protect.
- Big Good: As Sorcerer Supreme, he was Earth's foremost defender against mystical threats.
- Crazy-Prepared: When creating the mystical shield to protect Earth from interdimensional Eldritch Abominations, he made sure to create multiple Sanctums to anchor it. Any one of them is enough to keep the shield in place.
- Founder of the Kingdom: He founded Kamar-Taj to train sorcerers to defend the Earth. He was also implied to have created the discipline of sorcery from scratch.
- Posthumous Character: He is long dead by the time Strange comes to Kamar-Taj.