One of the writers behind the first Doctor Strange gave some small insight into the future of the franchise during a Q&A after a screening of the film. C. Robert Cargill, who some might know from his time as a film reviewer over at Spill, revealed some interesting aspects in regard to the villains for the upcoming film while confirming that he and director Scott Derrickson are preparing for a sequel. Marvel Studios is keeping most of their upcoming films a secret, as the main focus remains on their major tentpoles celebrating the last ten years.
The first confirmation is that Nightmare is still considered to be the primary villain of the upcoming sequel. The ruler of the Dream Dimension would offer viewers a rather interesting villain, as he pulls his energy from others dreams. Perhaps many action sequences will take place in other people’s dreams, such as making Strange battle nightmares in a child’s imagination or even partaking in a dream from an Avenger’s own past. The possibilities are limitless with such a creative villain. One thing Cargill also pointed out was that they want to bring back Mordo, as he teased a very interesting direction for the villain to take.
Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it. For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that’s something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie. And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it’s such a fascinating ending. And I do know that whether we’re attached or not, that Marvel plans on working towards that ending and fully realizing Mordo as more than just a cardboard cutout villain, but actually taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness. That’s the goal with him.
Loki has become one of Marvel Studios most interesting anti-villains throughout the last ten years. It is a tall order to want to elevate Mordo to that level but the character certainly has the potential. The biggest difficulty will be that he does not become a carbon copy of Loki, as even Thor pointed out that his constant backstabbing became obvious in Thor: Ragnarok. The writers did take a more tragic direction with Mordo’s character and it would not be too surprising to see him become a man that slowly cracks under the pressure of his own actions.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think Mordo could become the new Loki? What do you hope to see with a villain like Nightmare?