Mads Mikkelsen's Doctor Strange villain is still largely a mystery. Not even his name has been revealed. However, Mikkelsen has started to open up about his villain's motivations, and how he fits in with Strange in a world of magic and mysticism.
“He’s not a villain in that way – he’s a man who believes in something else than the hero,” Mikkelsen told Yahoo! Movies UK, explaining that his character’s motives aren’t cut and dried. “That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to make the planet look wonderful or he wants to save the world as well, but he has a different way of doing it. He is the antagonist, of course, but he’s not necessarily wrong.”
According to Mikkelsen, his character is representative of the film as a whole, which he says occupies an interesting space in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“If you look at the comic books, the comic books are quite different [to other Marvel stories. I think that the film will be different from the other [Marvel] films that we’ve seen, but not as different as the books are, because that was basically the ‘60s and ‘70s – it was more like an acid trip.”
“We’ve taken that fascination of the time into something we can relate to today,” he continued. “So you still have the energy, you still have the colors, you still have the madness, but you also have something you can identify with. I think that was a necessity – if not, you would just make a crazy film. But you still have it there – you have all the action, all the good ingredients you get in a Marvel film, but it will have a different flavor, that’s for sure.”
“I don’t know if you’re familiar with the old comics but it’s quite a specific universe, with Kung Fu and Magic… so what’s not to love, really?”
Doctor Strange is scheduled for a November 4 theatrical release.