A plot leak for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has resurfaced, which describes the possible fate of the Earth-616 version of Baron Mordo.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance in 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, but the 44-year-old actor has quite an extensive filmography. The Martian, The Old Guard, and the 2019 re-imagining of The Lion King are among Ejiofor’s credits, along with his role as Karl Mordo in the first Doctor Strange film. Mordo initially serves as an ally to Stephen Strange but ends up walking away from Kamar-Taj after being fed up with Strange and the Ancient One’s desecration of the natural law.
The last appearance of Mordo in the main MCU universe was in a Doctor Strange post-credits scene, but it seems like there may have been plans for Ejiofor to play multiple versions of the character in Multiverse of Madness.
WAS THE MCU MORDO SUPPOSED TO DIE IN DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS?
An apparent plot description for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is once again making the rounds on the internet, and many of the details are accurate to what’s in the film. However, the summary says the movie opens in a fiery burned forest with Mordo hunting Wanda with a magical bow. It seems that the Scarlet Witch gets the better of the sorcerer, as the poster says Wanda ends up chopping off Mordo’s head. Not only is that scene not part of the final cut of Multiverse of Madness, but the Mordo that audiences first met in 2016’s Doctor Strange never makes an appearance in the sequel.
If the alleged opening scene was initially planned for Multiverse of Madness, it could’ve taken Mordo off the MCU board entirely. However, Mordo is still out there somewhere in Earth-616, possibly still taking out sorcerers around the world.
While it’s great to still have Mordo as an option for future MCU appearances, it’s a little disappointing that his story from Doctor Strange wasn’t followed up on at all in the sequel. In fact, Ejiofor is basically just a glorified cameo in Multiverse of Madness, appearing as a Mordo variant during the Illuminati sequence in the middle of the film. Having an actor the caliber of Ejiofor in the MCU is a great luxury for Kevin Feige and company, but he hasn’t truly been utilized to his fullest potential. Mordo was a complex character in Doctor Strange, and his turn to the dark side was one of the more interesting villain origins the MCU has every had.
It’s completely justifiable that after being taught a certain way to be a sorcerer, seeing Strange and the Ancient One defy those rules any chance they could lead Mordo to become spiteful. Mordo going up against Strange could’ve made for an interesting conflict in the Doctor Strange sequel, but Marvel clearly wanted to take the franchise in a different direction.
Still, the possibility exists for Mordo to return to the MCU in a third Doctor Strange film, or other movies or series down the line. His post-credits scene from Doctor Strange is among the open plot threads that Marvel still needs to tie up, but no matter how long it takes to get back around to them, more often than not the MCU pays off those storylines at some point. There’s no exact timetable for when Doctor Strange will be back, but since the Multiverse of Madness credits end with the message “Doctor Strange Will Return”, an eventual threequel may be the stage for the final showdown between Strange and Mordo. Because of course…the bill always come due.
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