Ever since Mads Mikkelsen‘s name was connected with the project, fans have been wondering what role the “Hannibal“/Rogue One: A Star Wars Story star might be taking in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The bad news? We still don’t have a name for him. The good news? We now know that he is playing the film’s primary antagonist. Producers Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard let that particular nugget of information slip when talking to EW about the film…
“Mads is playing our main villain,” says executive producer Stephen Broussard.
Marvel Studios president and Doctor Strange producer Kevin Feige elaborates further. “We will take audiences through sort of a guide to the multiverse, other dimensions, and there are amazing things out there — wonders that are going to be hopefully visually extremely interesting and unique to this movie,” he says. “But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions.” According to Feige, is the job of sorcerers like Strange and The Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, to protect humanity from such “scary things.”
So, where does Mikkelsen’s antagonist fit in, exactly? “Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect,” says the Marvel Studios boss. “[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.”
While it’s still a mystery as to what character from the source material that Mikkelsen is actually playing, it does raise some interesting questions regarding Baron Mordo’s (Chiwetel Ejiofor) place in the film. Will he also be a threat to Strange? Or will he still be positioned as an ally, albeit one on the verge of giving into darkness? Also, what horrific things does Mads’ unnamed antagonist intend on bringing into our world in the film? The Mindless Ones? The Dread Doramammu? Something else entirely? Questions, questions.
Doctor Strange is the second film of Marvel’s Phase Three and the fourteenth overall film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film is penned by Joshua Oppenheimer & Thomas Dean Donnelly, Jon Spaihts, and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as ‘Doctor Strange’, Chiwetel Ejiofor as ‘Baron Mordo’, Tilda Swinton as ‘The Ancient One’, and Michael Stuhlberg as ‘Doctor Nicodemus West’. Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, and Amy Landecker also star.
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