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Chiwetel Ejiofor on bringing Baron Mordo to life in Doctor Strange

02.15.2016
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Filming of Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE is still underway, but we're not too far off from our introduction to the magical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The upcoming film will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. This discovery leads him to the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) as well as one of her students, Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). Although the character has traditionally been known as an adversary of Doctor Strange, Ejiofor has previously suggested that he didn't think Mordo could be nailed down either way. The actor recently sat down with HeyUGuys to chat about his character.

I think he’s a fascinating character, 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 three dimensional quality has been really exciting and I think that even within the scope and the technical and visual skill of the Marvel universe, I think that this is really something unique. I’m excited for people to see it.

Seeing as how this is a Marvel film, Chiwetel Ejiofor obviously couldn't spill much of anything, but the actor isn't bothered by Marvel's secrecy, saying "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" Ejiofor also commented on the amount of diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

Marvel are introducing a lot of different characters, and diversity in the characters. I think getting Black Panther up and running is like 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.

DOCTOR STRANGE is set for a November 4, 2016 release.

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2:13PM on 02/16/2016

Really hope he isn't wasted

Dr. Strange is such an exciting project because, similar to GOTG, it's a different side of the Marvel Universe. My only concern is Marvel not properly utilizing its A-list actors. I hope with Phase 3 we get a real focus on the complexity of the villains and side characters, but I have my doubts since both Age of Ultron and Ant-Man were more of the same.
Dr. Strange is such an exciting project because, similar to GOTG, it's a different side of the Marvel Universe. My only concern is Marvel not properly utilizing its A-list actors. I hope with Phase 3 we get a real focus on the complexity of the villains and side characters, but I have my doubts since both Age of Ultron and Ant-Man were more of the same.
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12:32AM on 02/16/2016

It could be played either way.....

I could see them playing him as the typical spoiled brat who goes evil because he doesn't get to be the hero, but I could really see Ejiofor playing him as someone who believes fully that he's doing what's necessary to protect the legacy of magic. Honestly, it's not that different from the character he played in Serenity (which was one of the best villains I've seen).
I could see them playing him as the typical spoiled brat who goes evil because he doesn't get to be the hero, but I could really see Ejiofor playing him as someone who believes fully that he's doing what's necessary to protect the legacy of magic. Honestly, it's not that different from the character he played in Serenity (which was one of the best villains I've seen).
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12:51AM on 02/16/2016
That was my first thought when I found out he was going to be in Dr. Strange. He was an awesome character in Serenity, someone you can't forget.
That was my first thought when I found out he was going to be in Dr. Strange. He was an awesome character in Serenity, someone you can't forget.
7:20PM on 02/16/2016
His character's conviction in Serenity was great: you honestly bought this guy believed in what he was doing fully, despite being completely crazy.
His character's conviction in Serenity was great: you honestly bought this guy believed in what he was doing fully, despite being completely crazy.
9:38PM on 02/15/2016
He's a tremendous actor and I really hope that Marvel gives the ample amount of time and depth to make his villainous character a memorable one instead of just a one and done.
He's a tremendous actor and I really hope that Marvel gives the ample amount of time and depth to make his villainous character a memorable one instead of just a one and done.
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