Everyone can put their “Wong is a Skrull” theory to rest. The actual reason why Benedict Wong, the actor who plays Wong in Doctor Strange and Avengers: Infinity War, wears a prosthetic made of fake skin and hair on his head has a much more mundane explanation.
While visiting the set of Deadly Class in November, in which Wong plays the headmaster of a school for assassins, the actor laughed off a question about a strange hairpiece he wore to play Wong in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, assuring us that there were no secret hints or spoilers.
“It’s just a wig!” he said before showing several pictures on his personal phone that confirmed the piece was created to cover up his real hair.
“They made a very expensive silicon wig [for Wong in Avengers: Endgame] that they glued on because they wanted to keep me with hair more for Lin,” Benedict Wong even told Collider during the same set visit.
That wig is the same one that sparked a slew of fan theories in September when Wong shared an image of it being peeled back from his head.
At the time this fueled a slew of fan theories that Wong was a Skrull, one of the shapeshifting aliens at the focus of the upcoming Captain Marvel. In the comics, the way they transform involves peeling skin, so some fans assumed that Captain Marvel might establish Wong as a skrull.
That would have meant that Wong had always been an alien spy, or at least that the human Wong was supplanted by an alien doppelganger at some point.
But alas, the much more straightforward explanation for silicon wig is that the Russo Bros., who are directing Avengers: Endgame, are also executive producers on Deadly Class. They wanted to preserve Master Lin’s hair while also having Wong look the same as he did in Doctor Strange, so the only secret this hairpiece is hiding is Benedict Wong’s full head of hair.
Avengers: Endgame hits theaters April 26, 2019.
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