Chiwetel Ejiofor on playing Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange and diversity in the MCU

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Feb 18, 2016, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

With Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and now Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Marvel seems to be well on its way to add the long-craved diversity to its superhero films.

In a recent press junket for Triple 9, Ejiofor talked to HeyUGuys about his role of Baron Mordo in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange, and the fact that he's excited about what Marvel Studios is doing by adding a diverse cast of actors and characters to its Cinematic Universe.

Just to give you a little background about Baron Mordo, in the pages of the Marvel comics, he was a Transylvanian nobleman who was a former student of the Ancient One (an older Asian male dude set to be played by chameleon actress Tilda Swinton in the upcoming movie) who plotted to kill his teacher, was exiled for his efforts when Stephen Strange accidentally discovered the plot, and became the Sorcerer Supreme’s greatest nemesis.

Here’s what the 12 Years a Slave actor had to say about playing the comic-book villain:

“I think he’s a fascinating character. Even in the original framework of that character, I think he’s very fascinating. And fleshing that out and giving a real three-dimensional quality has been really exciting. And even within the kind of scope, technical and visual scale of the Marvel Universe, I think this is really something unique as well. So, I’m excited for people to see it.”

Adding that he was excited about Marvel's efforts to introduce a variety of diverse characters into the mix:

“I think Marvel is certainly introducing a lot of different characters, and diversity in characters. And getting Black Panther up and running is really great and really exciting. And the more that can happen, and we get as audience to experience different stories and different people, I think it’s a very rich world.”


Doctor Strange will appear in movie theaters on Nov. 4, while Black Panther will claw its way to the big screen on Feb. 16, 2018.

(via HeyUGuys)