Here he is folks! Chiwetel Ejiofor has been revealed in costume as Baron Mordo on the set of Marvel's Doctor Strange. The studio is usually quick to release official photos of its characters before the paparazzi beat them to it. But that doesn't seem to be the case with this latest Phase 3 adventure. Neither Disney nor Marvel have officially confirmed that shooting has started. But as you can see by the below image, the action is really starting to heat up in Nepal.
Throughout this past week, we've gotten to see a number of images from the Nepal set of Doctor Strange. Then yesterday, a video arrived that showed Benedict Cumberbatch as the haggard Dr. Stephen Strange as he makes his way through the city, on a quest to find the Ancient One. Though we have no official information in regards to what was actually being shot, a cloaked and hooded figure was seen trailing our hero. Was it actually our first look at Baron Mordo? Could have been.
Baron Mordo has a long and storied history in the Marvel comic books. He began his life as a Transylvanian nobleman named Varf Mandra. Assuming the name Karl Amadeus Mordo, he became a student of the Tibetan sorcerer known as the Ancient One. Mordo, at one point, set out to murder the Ancient One, but her new student Stephen Strange, learned of the plot and set out to stop it. Mordo, in turn, cast a restraining spell against Strange that kept him from interfering. The Ancient One was able to free himself from Mordo's curse, and thus set Stephen on his path to becoming the Sorcerer Supreme. It isn't known if this same plot will play out in the movie, but these two, looking like friends here, will probably have it out in a cosmic tussle.
Disney and Marvel have not been kind enough to issue any plot details at this time, but earlier in the year, Kevin Feige did confirm that this would be an origin tale. Latino Review revealed the first story details yesterday, but they should only be taken as rumor at this point. The film is said to begin in 1968 with the villain Kaecilius leading a group of dark magic Zealots who open a portal to another dimension in Kathmandu. This is exactly where this new set photo was taken.
The movie is said to jump into present time, where we meet Dr. Stephen Strange. He is feverishly working to sew up a gunshot wound. He is brilliant, but quite arrogant. One night, while talking on his phone and driving, he clips his car causing the accident that severely damages his hands. While he doesn't lose them, they no longer work well enough that he can perform surgery. Dr. Nicodemus West (the recently cast Michael Stuhlbarg) will attempt several operations to get Stephen's hands back to proper working order. But the digits refuse to heal properly. And Strange is unable to return to his life as a doctor. He has a random chance encounter with magic and sub-atomic particles. This leads him on his quest to find the Ancient One, played by Tilda Swinton, who is confirmed to be playing the character as a very old man. When Stephen finally finds this mythical wizard, she refuses to teach him. Of course, that all changes, as we know from the Marvel Comics.
Dr. Stephen Strange's journey to find the Ancient One is being filmed right now in Nepal. It isn't known where Mordo is when Stephen begins his journey to find the Ancient One. And it isn't known if Mordo is wise to Kaecilius and his team opening this dangerous magical porthole. This porthole could very well be tied to the Infinity stones, but we have no confirmation of that at this time.
Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) directs Doctor Strange from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), based on the comic book character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Take a look at Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo. He is seen alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange before his superhero transformation into the one known as The Scorserer Supreme. Does this look like another Marvel masterpiece?