Freed from his Hannibal bonds, Mads Mikkelsen is heading back to the big screen to play another major role (he’s also Star Wars universe-bound, playing opposite Ben Mendelsohn in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, and I’ll be damned if that’s not my dream film cast), this time in a Marvel film.
Executive producer Stephen Broussard announced Mads will play the “main” Doctor Strange villain, though he neglected to name Mikkelsen’s character. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige added that “Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. [He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.”
Of course, this means another bit of cinematic glory is headed our way, since the Ancient One is being played by none other than the SWINTON; Tilda, that is. Just thinking about Mads and Tilda on the big screen together is almost enough to make me forget Cumberbatch is the titular star; it’ll be interesting to see how these three play against each other.
In a final Strange tidbit Feige also revealed a few details about co-star Rachel Adams’ also unnamed character:
“Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into he role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”
Broussard and Cumberbatch both elaborated.
“Rachel McAdams is sort of [Doctor Strange’s] contemporary in the modern-day New York world, before and after he goes on this crazy journey. So, she sees him before, she sees him after. She’s kind of this audience point of view.” (Broussard)
On whether McAdams’ character is a love interest:
“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what the interest is. But if I hit on her more than the Ancient One, put it like that.” (Cumberbatch)
I guess this means Strange doesn’t hit on Mads?
Marvel’s Doctor Strange also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West; it hits theaters November 4, 2016.