Even though Captain America: Civil War is next up on the slate for Marvel, all the recent buzz has gone to Doctor Strange. We’ve seen Benedict Cumberbatch in costume, what his powers look like, and what made him interested in the role. Then, we got news on Rachel McAdams character, confirmation that Mads Mikklesen will play the villain, and how Tilda Swinton will play The Ancient One.
The notable missing character from the recent batch of news is Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s Karl (Baron) Mordo. There were early reports that he would be a bad guy, but the hope was that that turn would come in a potential sequel. While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Ejiofor would not reveal whether he is good or bad, just that he is complex.
Oh, he’s a very complex character that, really, I don’t think can be nailed down either way, you know. I guess it’s something to experience, is what I’d say.
Thanks to set photos, we have seen Cumberbatch and Ejiofor at what looks to be near the end of Strange’s journey to fix his hands. According to Ejiofor, both Mordo and The Ancient One instantly think Strange will be a helpful ally in their story.
In terms of his life with the Ancient One, it’s this long and intense relationship they have that’s just very deep and very connected. I think they both recognize in Strange this certain quality that they feel is going to be very useful in a situation they’re in — just by the nature of who he is, and the way that he operates, and the way his mind works, and the certain skill set and personality that he has. So, when they all meet, they realize that he’s somebody that can be plugged into this very surreal, interesting, sort of fascinating circumstance that they’re all in, and the dangers that they face. And so it becomes a process of assimilating him into their ways of life.
I for one am very excited to see what kind of role Mordo is in Doctor Strange. The thought of him going from friend to foe by the end of this film, will set up interesting stories for a potential sequel.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.