Now that we've had our first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, time to learn a little more about some of the other characters in Doctor Strange.
In that new EW cover feature on the movie, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and executive producer Stephen Broussard reveal that Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) is playing the main villain of the story. And while they are reluctant to reveal his actual name, here's how Feige described the character's function in the film:
"We will take audiences through sort of a guide to the multiverse, other dimensions, and there are amazing things out there -- wonders that are going to be hopefully visually extremely interesting and unique to this movie. But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions...Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. (He) believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through."
As for his exact identity, Broussard said:
"I’ve seen lots of names thrown around. No one has quite picked the name that we’ve chosen for him. It would be fun to conceal that, if we can."
With Cumberbatch playing Strange, Mikkelsen confirmed as the villain, Tilda Swinton playing the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor on board as Strange's fellow sorcerer Baron Mordo, that leaves the role played by Rachel McAdams still a source of speculation. But Feige and Broussard are happy to shed some light on her too -- again, without giving up the character's actual name. Here's Feige:
"Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into he role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity."
"Rachel McAdams is sort of (Doctor Strange’s) contemporary in the modern-day New York world, before and after he goes on this crazy journey. So, she sees him before, she sees him after. She’s kind of this audience point of view.”
Is she a love interest for Strange? Cumberbatch himself weighs in:
"I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what the interest is...but if I hit on her more than the Ancient One, put it like that.”
After seeing Black Widow, Scarlet Witch and now Hope Van Dyne taking much more proactive roles in recent Marvel offerings, we hope that McAdams' character gets to do a bit more than pine over Strange. You can read speculation about her character here and about Mikkelsen's here. For now, speculate away yourself!
Doctor Strange is out in theaters Nov. 4, 2016.