The casting of Chiwetel Ejiofor is a big bonus for any film. The 12 Years a Slave star has been making every film he shows up in a bit better for decades now and getting him into the Marvel movies is a brilliant idea. While negotiations are still ongoing at this moment, and there's been no word on exactly what role he would play - just thinking of him stepping into the role of Brother Voodoo for the [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) film makes me all kinds of more excited for the film.
That's not to say I wasn't already looking forward to seeing what Benedict Cumberbatch has to offer for the main role of Dr. Strange, but in many ways the sorcery and dark arts-filled universe of Dr. Strange becomes much more interesting when you add the monsters and zombies that come with Brother Voodoo world. C'mon - who doesn't want to see zombies in the MCU?
While there is plenty of cool material to work with in Dr. Strange and the Ancient Ones and all that black magic goodness - the idea of also including the world of New Orleans and Haitian voodoo creepiness add a whole other level of possibilities that hadn't even occurred to me until the recent Ejiofor casting rumors got me thinking about Brother Voodoo.
The character, who will more likely just go by Jericho Drumm if he does appear in the movie, has an intriguing background - he's a sorcerer with a tragic background much like Dr. Strange, and has long struggled with the temptations of the dark side, so to speak. While Dr. Strange ended up with his powers after trying to heal himself - Drumm got his while trying to save his brother from an evil sorcerer - eventually ending up with his brother's spirit inside him!
While Dr. Strange has also had his flirtations with using the bad magics, and the powerfully negative effects it can have on a sorcerer, the movie can use the Voodoo character in all sorts of useful - and more zombie friendly - ways to show the evil side of magic while keeping Dr. Strange in full-on hero mode. When Voodoo is eventually overtaken by the evil spirits, who does he go after? Yeah, you guessed it.
There's also the very interesting comic book development that saw Brother Voodoo becoming Doctor Voodoo. He actually took over the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme after Dr. Strange gave up the title when he suffered a particularly shameful defeat. This certainly isn't at all likely to happen in the first Doctor Strange movie - but the legacy between these two characters makes Voodoo a great candidate for being in the film.
But what it's really all about is Monsters! And Zombies! In a Marvel movie! Yes, please!