While we have long heard Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name attached to Doctor Strange, we are finally receiving confirmation of his roll in the upcoming Marvel magical movie, Doctor Strange. Ejiofor’s roll is that of Baron Mordo. Of course, Ejiofor is known for his rolls in Ten Years a Slave, Children of Men, and 2012, but fans of Avengers director Joss Whedon may remember him from Serenity.
Mordo was one of the first villains that Doctor Strange fought against. As a competitor against Strange for the roll of Sorceror Supreme of the Universe, Mordo went even to the lengths of murdering their mentor, The Ancient One, in attempts to claim the roll. Strange eventually fought and defeated Mordo, claiming the roll for himself. With rumors circling of Tilda Swinton playing the Ancient One, it sounds like a Doctor Strange origin is in the works, although it is unclear how that will synchronize with the good Doctor’s name drop in Winter Soldier.
Either way, this is shaping up to be an interesting movie, but it’s also interesting to note that the only three names associated with the story are British. While the British are revered in American’s eyes as far as acting, how will this work with the eventual likelihood of Doctor Strange setting up his Sanctum Sanctorum in New York City?
Of course, the film is years away, and in between are Ant-Man and Civil War, either of which may shed more light on Stephen Strange. For those of you who are not quite as patient, for a decent backstory on Strange, I would recommend the animated movie on Netflix. Although kiddish in tone, it does a decent job explaining characters and his roll in the Marvel Universe.
As for our questions regarding the film, we have a year and a half to sit around and speculate, but only time will tell.