Doctor Strange defied expectations and scored $80 million in weekend box office revenue. That said, villains from across all realms are already lining up to face the Sorcerer Supreme. Now that Dormammu’s plans of destroying Earth are thwarted, who will be the next villain that Benedict Cumberbatch will face in the sequel? [Warning: Contains Spoilers]
Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
Started out as a friend, Baron Mordo, another sorcerer, lost his way after he found out that The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) has been drawing her power from The Dark Dimension. In the end-credit scene, he pays a visit to Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Bratt), the man who sent Stephen Strange to Kamar-Taj, to take his powers. “I finally figured out the problem,” he declares, “too many sorcerers.”
In the comic books, Mordo was introduced point-blank as a villain. He is hell-bent on killing both Strange and The Ancient One. However, movie director, Scott Derrickson, explained that introducing Mordo as an ally before a villain was necessary for the audience to grasp the impact of his transformation. “For that relationship to have any resonance, it needs to be rooted in a human relationship,” he was quoted by Cinema Blend. “So we needed to build a friendship first and have a bond to break. And now there’s that emotional cargo between the two men, so when they cross paths again there will be an undercurrent of heartbreak. And that’s good drama!”
Derrickson also talked about another cosmic big bad, Nightmare. The director told IGN that he really wanted to pursue the character on the big screen, but the first movie did not allow him to do so because the concept was a little too complex to introduce. “I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension. “That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale,” he said. “I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.”
For the uninitiated, Nightmare first came into comics in 1963. He is the ruler of the Dream Dimension, a place where humans visit when they sleep. He was described as having green hair and a black horse named Dreamstalker. While his appearance in Doctor Strange 2 remains unconfirmed, the franchise will likely introduce the villain at some point. Perhaps in the sequel he will be introduced in the same way as Dormammu.
The Sorcerer Supreme fends off the attacks of Mordo to the sorcerers around the world. However, a bigger threat is looming in the horizon. Mordo did warn Strange that corrupting the laws on nature in will have adverse consequences. By bending reality in order to save the Earth, Strange might have made the planet vulnerable to attacks of creatures from other dimensions.
Doctor Strange is now showing in cinemas worldwide.
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