ByPhilip Tarver, writer at
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With Doctor Strange, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's fourteenth film, hitting theaters this November, it's astonishing that we haven't seen a glimpse of the film yet. Production began in November last year, and my money is on Marvel revealing a trailer at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

When Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was cast as the villain, Baron Mordo, the casting was met with mild backlash because the character was not African American in the comics. In an interview with HeyUGuys, Ejiofor spoke about portraying Mordo and the challenges of the role. Of course, he doesn’t give much away about the story or where his character's allegiances lie. I am pretty sure that Marvel has a producer with a silencer on stand-by just in case.

The 12 Years A Slave actor had this to say about his character:

"I think he’s a fascinating character. Even in the original framework of that character, I think he’s very fascinating. And fleshing that out and giving a real three-dimensional quality has been really exciting. And even within the kind of scope, technical and visual scale of the Marvel Universe, I think this is really something unique as well. So, I’m excited for people to see it."

When asked about the studio’s history of prohibiting actors to divulge the secrets about their films and what occurs behind the scenes before they release them, he seemed to take it nonchalantly and believes that this is essentially what showbiz is about when it comes to blockbusters.

"It’s normal I think. 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 discussed the diversity of the MCU. This topic has been boiling, especially since Black Panther's solo film prepares to hit theaters in early 2018. When asked about the ever-expanding diversity in comic book films, Ejiofor elucidated:

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

Idris Elba as Heimdall and now Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo. Could Marvel be well on its way to breaking down the barriers of black and white and becoming colorblind with its methods of casting its traditionally white ensemble of characters? I certainly hope so!


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