Doctor Strange is the second film slated for release in Marvel’s Phase 3. Directed by Scott Derrickson it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as “Sorcerer Supreme” Stephen Strange, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. This origin story for Strange will not only explore magic, mythicism, and sorcery, it will continue to reveal connections to the greater MCU, including a tie to Marvel’s Agent Carter, and possibly introducing another infinity stone.
Another star of the film is Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo. In the comics this character has been primarily an adversary to Strange, however the film version will find him decidedly less black and white. Ejiofor recently commented that his character could not “be nailed down either way.” We now have a more information about Ejiofor’s take on Mordo, and his thoughts about diversity in the MCU.
In an interview with HeyUGuys (video above) Ejiofor spoke about playing Mordo and the fun challenges that came with the role. While he doesn’t give much away about the plot or his allegiances, he does offer his take on what makes working on a project like this so intriguing.
“I think he’s a fascinating charterer…I think even in the original framework of that character I think it’s very fascinating. And sort of fleshing that out and giving that a kind of real 3 dimensional quality has been exciting and I think that even within the scope and the technical and visual skill of the Marvel universe I think that this is something unique. I’m excited for people to see it”
When asked about Marvel’s well documented history of not allowing actors to divulge much information about their films before the release he seemed to take everything in stride, reflecting on how that is essentially all show business, and not unique to the major blockbusters.
“It’s normal I think. You want to hold it back for people to see it. So it seems to be normal to not talk about something too much before people get a chance to take a look at it”
Changing gears slightly Ejiofor also discusses diversity in the MCU, a topic that has been heating up as Black Panther prepares to hit theaters in late 2016. After being asked about in increasing diversity in superhero films Ejiofor commented:
“Marvel are introducing a lot of different characters, and diversity in the characters. I think getting Black Panther up and running is really great, really exciting. I think that the more that that can happen and we get as an audience to experience different stories, different people, I think it’s very rich, it’s a very rich world.”
While his responses don’t reveal much besides his clear enthusiasm for the project, they do support this being a very layered and complex take on. This property is one of the more complicated entities to make the jump to the big screen with Strange’s unique powers that include dimensional travel, the ability to manipulate time, and an expertise in the magical arts. We may still be months away from its release, but it is heartening to hear about the scope and thought that went into the making of the film.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.