Phase 2 of Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe officially wrapped up earlier this year with Ant-Man, while Phase 3 will kick off next year with the Avengers-packed Captain America: Civil War. Though Civil War will introduce new heroes to the MCU like Black Panther and Spider-Man, the studio’s second release of 2016, Doctor Strange, will be a standalone origin story for the titular hero.
Marvel revealed concept art for Doctor Strange at Disney D23 Expo in August, but little is known about the film aside from its main cast: Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as villain Baron Mordo and Rachel McAdams as the love interest (perhaps Night Nurse). However, filming on Doctor Strange began earlier this week in Nepal, giving fans a first look as Cumberbatch as Strange, and now new photos show Ejiofor suited up as Baron Mordo.
The Kathmandu Post [h/t CBM] has revealed a number of set photos from Doctor Strange’s filming location in Patan Durbar Square, Nepal, that feature Strange in the same clothes as he was photographed in previously and Baron Mordo in what could be a modernized version of the comic character’s costume. Baron Mordo appears to be the hooded figure spotted in the set video that surfaced this week, and Instagram user @acenbee claims Baron Mordo “seems to be [Strange’s] guide” in the scenes filmed between the two characters.
According to recently released rumors about the plot of Doctor Strange, the sequence currently filming in Nepal is part of Strange’s journey to find the Ancient One for help healing his hands after they were injured. Further according to the report, Kathmandu, Nepal, will be the location where, in the past, a portal was opened to another dimension by “Zealots of dark magic” led by Kaecilius – a character from the comics who worked for Baron Mordo.
In the comics, Baron Mordo was a student of the Ancient One, but turned against his master and became an antagonist to Stephen Strange. Since Doctor Strange is an origin film, and since Strange and Mordo appear to be friendly when they first meet, the film could depict Mordo’s turn from student to villain. However, with Mordo’s possible ties to Kaecilius still a mystery and much of his character details unknown, it’s difficult to say if this character arc will appear in the final Doctor Strange film.
As for Baron Mordo’s costume, the design for Doctor Strange appears to retain the character’s customary green color, though the suit seems to be a looser and more modern take on the villain’s costume from the comics. Given that the concept art from D23 depicted a Doctor Strange costume matching the character, it seems likely that the film will do the same with Baron Mordo, with another suit more closely tied to the comics coming later in the film. But, of course, we’ll need to wait for more set photos or officially released images from Doctor Strange before we know more about what to expect from Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo.
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 28, 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.