While Captain America: Civil War might have blown us all away with the surprisingly well balanced Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 piece, there's something perhaps even more exciting on Marvel and Disney's release calendar for this year. We speak of course of Doctor Strange, set to release November to bring a touch of magic to the MCU.
There's been much said about the movie thus far already, and we now know who exactly Mads Mikkelsen's mysterious villain is (Kaecilius, in case you haven't heard). As for what Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is up to though, well, that's a whole new ball game.
But there's a hot new rumor making the rounds now about a certain hero who might be introduced to the MCU in Doctor Strange. A word of warning though, get your salt shakers out because we're entering the dark territory of rumor and speculation now.
Brother, Where Art Thou?
The originator of this rumor is the podcast That Hashtag Show, that claims in a new video that Doctor Strange will see a cameo from one Brother Voodoo/Jericho Drumm — also known as Doctor Voodoo. According to the report, Jericho Drumm will appear for "a small cameo in full costume," although it's a very, very brief touch and easily missed if you don't have your eyes peeled.
Again, we should take this rumor with a huge pinch of salt, as the podcast has before claimed insider knowledge about certain Marvel films that has turned out to be entirely fabricated. But it's hard not to get excited about the possible appearance of Brother Voodoo, because if he does pop up this could have wider implications for the MCU and how it develops from here.
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Who Is Brother Voodoo?
Like the title of Sorcerer Supreme, which Doctor Strange holds, Brother Voodoo is an accolade earned and passed down through a line of worthy successors. Jericho Drumm was introduced in Strange Tales back in the 1970s, the same series that spawned Doctor Strange, and he's got a pretty interesting origin story with more than a few parallels to Strange himself.
Originally a famed psychologist in America, Jericho Drumm returned to his hometown of Haiti after his brother — Daniel Drumm — fell ill. Jericho discovered that Daniel had been practicing voodoo magic under the title Brother Voodoo, and had fallen to a curse put upon him by black magic practitioner Damballah, a.k.a. the Serpent God.
Daniel died as a result of the curse, and at his bequest Jericho sought out the Houngan Papa Jambo to take his revenge upon Damballah. After Jericho was badly beaten by the Serpent God, Jambo agreed to teach him in the ways of voodoo in order for him to succeed Daniel as the next Brother Voodoo.
Jambo passed away soon after, but not before summoning Daniel's spirit back from the dead and binding it to Jericho's. So Jericho has his brother's spirit literally hanging over him at all times, which must get a bit intrusive in the long lonely hours of the night. Daniel isn't the only one though, as Jericho is constantly haunted by the souls of the dead — all part and parcel of being Brother Voodoo.
His History With Doctor Strange
Jericho eventually destroys Damballah and his cult, becoming the Houngan Supreme of Haiti. He's fought A.I.M., Baron Samedi, Black Talon, Mama Limbo and Dramabu, and has partners with big names like Spider-Man, the Howling Commandos and Moon Knight over the course of his career.
He has a few run-ins with Doctor Strange too, notably when he was possessed by the power of the Serpent God who also attempted to possess Doctor Strange. Strange was having none of that though, as he drove the demon-god out and banished him.
He succeeded Doctor Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth after Strange gave up that title following the events of World War Hulk, but was later killed defending New York from the deity Agamotto during New Avengers Vol. 2 (don't worry, he was brought back later during Axis and since then has been running around with the Uncanny Avengers).
Daniel blamed Strange and the New Avengers for his brother's death, later returning to murder prominent dark magic users by possessing the Avenger's liaison Victoria Hand, whose death he also caused. He tried to kill Strange by possessing each member of the New Avengers and making them all fight him, but Strange was again having none of that and managed to defeat him — earning back the title of Sorcerer Supreme in the process.
We've actually already had a nod toward the existence of Jericho in the MCU though, as Daniel Drumm appeared in Issue 1 of the official prequel comic Doctor Strange Prelude as a master of the mystic arts alongside the Ancient One, Wong, Baron Mordo and Kaecilius.
Though it seems unlikely Daniel Drumm will pop up in Doctor Strange, could his presence in the comic be a setup for introducing Jericho further down the line?
How Could He Change The MCU?
Brother Voodoo has generally been a secondary character in the wider Marvel Universe, but his presence could point to something pretty exciting.
The appearance of Doctor Stephen Strange will be a landmark event in the MCU because it's the first time we're really going to see how the live-action universe gets to grips with sorcery and mysticism. While Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy really rammed home the cosmic and Ant-Man opened the MCU up to the concept of dimension hopping, the universe so far has been largely based in sci-fi adventure tropes, staying away from anything too mystical.
Doctor Strange is going to change all that by opening up a largely-unexplored section of the Marvel Universe in the movies. And the more practitioners of magic there are in the MCU, the more important the incredibly fluid power becomes widespread and universe changing.
In the comics one of the big mystical characters is the reality-altering mutant Scarlet Witch, who has very strong connections both to magic and to Doctor Strange. There's very little of this in the MCU though, with her character instead drawing her power from one of the Infinity Stones.
Even the Doctor Strange Prequel comics were a interesting addition to the story, as having a school of magic to train Masters of the Mystic Arts is a pretty huge deal. Could Brother Voodoo show up as one of these Masters? Perhaps he'll even appear in the background at the Ancient One's Sanctuary at Kamar-Taj — that would explain why you'd need to keep your eyes open for the supposed cameo.
Unfortunately, nothing is confirmed right now, so we might not see Jericho Drumm popping up at all. But if he does cameo in Doctor Strange, well, that's pretty exciting for the state of affairs moving forward. Not gonna lie, we'd watch the hell out of a Brother Voodoo movie.
Do you think Brother Voodoo will appear in Doctor Strange? Have your say in the comments, and check out the magical Comic-Con trailer for Doctor Strange below!