It's been a magical week for Marvel. After set footage piqued everyone's curiosity, the very first trailer for Doctor Strange gave fans a window in to the soul of Marvel's next big flick after [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). After it was revealed earlier on that Mads Mikkelsen would portray the film's unknown main antagonist, most fans assumed that Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo would fill the role of a secondary villain.
Of course, they may yet be right-but from what we've seen so far, Baron Mordo isn't exactly the insane sorcerer of the comics. He's been calm and collected in every image released so far, and he's been seen working with Stephen Strange several times, including in the leaked set footage.
Ejiofor himslef acknowledged that Mordo's role isn't as simple as a villain. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he stated:
“In terms of his life with the Ancient One, it’s this long and intense relationship they have that’s just very deep and very connected,” says Ejiofor. “I think they both recognize in Strange this certain quality that they feel is going to be very useful in a situation they’re in — just by the nature of who he is, and the way that he operates, and the way his mind works, and the certain skill set and personality that he has. So, when they all meet, they realize that he’s somebody that can be plugged into this very surreal, interesting, sort of fascinating circumstance that they’re all in, and the dangers that they face. And so it becomes a process of assimilating him into their ways of life."
And when asked the simple question about whether or not he was a villain, Ejiofor answered a bit cryptically.
"Oh, he’s a very complex character that, really, I don’t think can be nailed down either way, you know. I guess it’s something to experience, is what I’d say.”
It's clear that Mordo will be key to bringing Stephen Strange into the magical fold. Where his interests will align in future MCU movies is still unsure, it seems their goals may align for this film, especially if Mikkelsen's character, who many have speculated to be Dormammu, is taking a run at world domination/annihilation.
So while Mordo may be on the path to his comic villainy, I think it's safe to say that he will be standing against the forces of evil... for now.