The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been rapidly expanding over the last few years, and this November it will stretch into its most magical and mystical realms yet with Doctor Strange. The origin story will introduce fans to Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a very successful, arrogant surgeon who has his eyes opened to a whole other world after his hands are seriously injured in a car accident. Seeking help to recover from The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Strange discovers a new life path as a powerful sorcerer.

In the original Doctor Strange comics, one of Strange’s perpetual enemies was Baron Karl Mordo, another student of The Ancient One who quickly became jealous of Strange and vengeful against him and their teacher. As we’ve seen in the recent San Diego Comic-Con trailer, Strange and Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) so far appear to be friendly colleagues in the film.

At San Diego Comic-Con, director Scott Derrickson revealed to Comic Book that there’s a reason behind portraying the origin of Mordo and Strange’s relationship differently.

“There’s definitely an evolution in the relationship. I didn’t want to do what the comics did and start off with Mordo just being an arch nemesis and a bad guy straight from the beginning. I think with all so called villains, with all antagonists in any movie, you are only as invested in them as you are in their point of view and Mordo has a good strong point of view in this movie and the same is true of Mads Mikkelson’s character. They’re both men of idea, men of principles, men of beliefs and those are the kind of antagonists I enjoy watching, so we tried to make a movie with those kind of antagonists.”

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It’s been established that Mads Mikkelson’s character, who also appears in the new trailer, will be the Big Bad in Doctor Strange. While this doesn’t mean Mordo is exempt from being evil in the new film, it’s possible that any major turn in his intentions will come about closer to the end of the film, or perhaps in another installment all together.

In an interview last year, Ejiofor was also coy about revealing specific details on which side of good or evil Mordo would land. His perspective matched what Derrickson says above, though, that the film will expand on the character’s comic origins, and give it “a kind of real 3-dimensional quality.” This is another good sign that Doctor Strange will be one of the more complex, enriching installments in the MCU. It’s also great news for movie fans who are often left wondering, “But why?” about on-screen villains with really cool action sequences but dubious motivations.

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Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.

Source: Comic Book

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