Published On: Thu, Sep 29th, 2016

Scott Derrickson talks Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo in ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel Studios makes a big shift this November as Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, The Imitation Game) will headline their first “magical” film in Doctor Strange. Joining Cumberbatch will be Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, a villain who battles Strange, but will be featured with a heavy backstory in this film.
“It was a difficult character, [a] very difficult character to adapt because of the very basic archness that he plays all the way through there,” Derrickson told ComicBook.com about creating the on-screen Mordo.Mordo is the longest-lived Doctor Strange bad guys, debuting just one issue after the hero, in 1963’s Strange Tales No. 111. In that story — helpfully titled “Face-to-Face with the Magic of Baron Mordo!” — Mordo appears as a fellow student of Doctor Strange’s mentor “The Master,” who describes Strange as “his arch-foe” with no explanation why.

“We’re sort of building a foundational understanding of who he was before the guy that you met in that comic, so that that turn isn’t an arch turn,” he said.

Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius will serve as the film’s main adversary, setting up Mordo’s turn to the dark side and future conflict like Thor vs. Loki in the Thor franchise. Also starring will be Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Tilda Swinton, Scott Adkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amy Landecker.

Doctor Strange arrives in theaters on November 4, 2016.




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