The villain for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has been confirmed. It seems Mads Mikkelsen will play a character who works with or for Baron Mordo, Stephen Strange’s archenemy. This leads to several questions, such as whether there is a sequel planned for the character.
Up to this point, nearly every hero introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had two things in common: They usually always end up with a sequel for the character, and the villain is almost always some kind of mirror to the hero.
In Iron Man, the main villain was Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges), a man who mirrored Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in almost every way. By the end, he took him on, suit against suit. The sequel featured an almost underwhelming Whiplash, whose technology was once again based on Tony Stark’s suit. Iron Man 3 deviated from this by making the main villain a big fake-out, which to this day divides the fans over their need to see it again.
The Incredible Hulk was the first to not get a sequel, partly due to still being a property of Universal Pictures, even though Bruce Banner (Edward Norton) had gone up against Tim Roth’s Abomination.
Thor had gone up against Loki, his step-brother.
Captain America had battled Red Skull, a man whose physical origins were similar to his own. The Winter Soldier had been another super soldier like himself.
Ant-Man had gone up against Yellow Jacket, a man whose outfit did the same thing his did.
It is once again time to say hello to a new villain, and this time, it’s for Doctor Strange, the sorcerer supreme. Mads Mikkelsen is set to play Kaecilius, a fellow magician who might even play a role similar to Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Thor. In that film, Loki had been the reasonable one for about half of the movie, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) had been the rash and violent one. Doctor Strange had once been an almost villainous kind of person until an accident took his hands, forcing him to take on the mystical arts under the tutelage of the Ancient One. Baron Mordo had been a fellow disciple of the same person and had taken an immediate dislike toward Stephen.
It is possible that Kaecilius might try to convince the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) that Stephen’s intentions are not as pure as he claims. The two will clash, and under the possibly secret supervision of Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Doctor Strange’s villain will unearth himself as more of a rival.
According to Movie Pilot, Mads Mikkelsen stated that Kaecilius is “[n]ot really a baddie, but someone who believes in something else than what Doctor Strange believes in.” This means his intentions might not be malevolent at first but grow to become that way as villain and hero clash in the end.
The fact that Baron Mordo isn’t the main villain seems to point to the possibility of Stephen Strange getting a sequel like every other Disney-owned hero in the MCU. Mordo might simply escape in the end, leading to Doctor Strange hunting down the real villain in the next film.
The only MCU film so far where the titular heroes weren’t up against a mirror of themselves was Guardians of the Galaxy, and that was partly due to having a variety of characters as protagonists.
Not many details have been revealed about Doctor Strange, but we now have a hint what the villain will be like.
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