A character who had a small yet crucial role in Doctor Strange could return in a sequel or in a different film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Benjamin Bratt, who played Jonathan Pangborn, thinks an appearance in a future film is a possibility. The character’s fate was mysterious teased in the movie’s post-credits scene.
Bratt’s character, who is an MCU original, had an important role to play in the film’s story despite having only a few minutes of screen time. The character was mentioned to Dr. Stephen Strange by a physical therapist who wanted to prove to an arrogant Strange that his injuries could be healed. According to the therapist, Pangborn was a paraplegic who miraculously recovered from his seemingly-incurable condition.
While promoting his new FOX TV show Star at the Television Critics Association, Benjamin Bratt talked to IGN about his role as Pangborn. The veteran actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Detective Rey Curtis on Law & Order for four seasons, called joining Doctor Strange an “easy decision.” He admits that though there has been no real conversation about another role in a MCU film, he’s “optimistic” about playing Pangborn again.
It was Pangborn who first introduced Strange to the idea of magic. He also led Strange to the discovery of Kamar-Taj and The Ancient One. Strange later came to the understanding that Pangborn was able to channel magical energy into his body in order to walk.
Though Pangborn’s arc seemed complete, the character returned in the post-credits scene when he was approached by a disillusioned Mordo. After Mordo took away his magic, it appeared that he was going to kill him, however, this never happened, at least not on-screen. The scene, which Bratt says was purposefully “ambiguous”, ended with Mordo remarking that the problem with the world is that there are “too many sorcerers.”
Would a return for Bratt as Pangborn seem possible or even necessary? If Mordo is the main villain of the sequel, it would make sense if Pangborn to play some kind of part in Mordo’s plan, especially if Mordo had some other reason for finding him and taking his magic. As for whether it could happen, the character would likely fit only in Doctor Strange 2. Though a sequel hasn’t been officially announced, Doctor Strange was such a critical and commercial success that following it up with a sequel seems only logical.
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