In the comics, Doctor Strange‘s mortal enemy, Baron Mordo, is unabashedly a bad guy. From the character’s first appearance, where he plotted to kill the Ancient One, his and Strange’s teacher, he’s been as vile a villain as you’ll find in the Marvel Universe. But that may not be the case when he makes the leap from comics to film in 2016’s “Doctor Strange” movie.
“He’s a very complex character that, really, I don’t think can be nailed down either way, you know,” Ejiofor tells Entertainment Weekly.” “I guess it’s something to experience, is what I’d say”
As for which parallels his movie origin will have with his comic book story, that remains to be seen. From the actor’s statements, however, it sounds as though this take has a different relationship with the Ancient One than his comics predecessor. “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. 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,” Ejiofor explains. ” 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.”