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Chiwetel Ejiofor confirms return for Doctor Strange 2; says he’s excited to work with director Sam Raimi

By Stephen Ippolito | June 25th, 2020

During the post-credits scene of 2016’s Doctor Strange, it looked like Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Karl Mordo character had begun the process of turning into a villain. Throughout the first film, he was an ally of Doctor Strange. However, in the comics, Mordo is actually his arch-nemesis. With his transformation to the dark side seemingly begun, fans assumed that he would return for the film’s sequel to take on the Sorcerer Supreme.

In an interview with Comic Book.com’s Brandon Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor has confirmed that he will return for the follow-up, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Ejiofor also discussed the chance to work with new director Sam Raimi.

“He’s coming on,” Ejiofor said “I’m very, very excited about that. Obviously, we’ve been sort of interrupted as the whole world has been in the pandemic but hopefully we are back on track with that and continuing quite soon, so I’m very excited about it.”

Raimi, who is beloved by Marvel film fans for his work on the original Spider-Man trilogy (2002-07), confirmed he was directing the film during an interview in April. Of course, he’s replacing Scott Derrickson, who shockingly left the project in January due to creative differences.

As for Ejiofor’s Mordo, the question is, what will his role be in the film. Like will he be the main villain? With the Multiverse seemingly involved, some have speculated that he will be a secondary baddie. Someone like Nightmare could be the real villain.

Also during the interview, Ejiofor said that he thinks it will be revealed where Mordo has been since the events of the first film. Currently, it’s a big mystery as to where he was when Thanos was wiping out half of all life in the universe. Until March 25, 2022, were just going to have wait.

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