Chiwetel Ejiofor tells Entertainment Weekly that he’s excited to reunite with Benedict Cumberbatch when they shoot Marvel’s Doctor Strange. The two appeared together in 2013’s 12 Years A Slave, for which Ejifor received an Academy Award nomination.
As announced at the D23 Expo, Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo, the film’s primary antagonist. On sparring with Cumberbatch, he said “He’s a good friend of mine … So, it’s gonna be fun.”
The actor also said he is excited to work with Tilda Swinton, who will play the Ancient One and … not much else. Between the usual security Marvel operates under — at least until production begins — and it still being early days for Ejiofor on the project, it must be hard for him to even think of much else to say when asked about the role.
One thing I wonder about: will magic actually enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe? The major studios are fairly gunshy about magic as a plot element in their product despite the world wide success of the Harry Potter and Tolkien-inspired franchises. I imagine they fear audiences will laugh at the traditional depictions of mysticism. Will the magic on display in Doctor Strange be unquantifiable sorcery with candles and arcane powers or, to quote Arthur C. Clarke, will it be “a sufficiently advanced technology?”
Doctor Strange will reveal its flavor of magic on November 4th, 2016.
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