Since the release of the initial trailer, many observant fans have been speculating how the relationship between Stephen Strange and Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character Kal Mordo will be displayed in Doctor Strange.
Mordo is famously known within the comic universe to not be on good terms with The Sorcerer Supreme, however, Ejiofor recently sat down with ComicBook.com to discuss his character’s role further, and confirmed that the relationship on screen is set to be far different to the one we’re used to reading about in the comics.
“[Mordo] becomes one of the first real allies to Strange, he wants to bring him into this community, this very special knit community, and see if Strange can fit in and create a home for him there.
Mordo is the first really to recognize the potential in Strange and so becomes his primary advocate initially. Their relationship is complicated. In some ways they’re quite similar, but that lends itself to tensions between them. Overall, he is the tutor that really brings him in.”
Ejiofor also went on to talk about how, despite displaying a different nature of relationship between Mordo and Stephen Strange, the original comic source material played a huge part in helping him understand the character, most notably his relationships with characters other than Doctor Strange himself.
“The source material is very, very helpful in trying to construct an overall understanding of him and his relationship to the place, the Kamar-Taj, his relationship to the Ancient One.
In the books, in the source material, it’s a much more two-dimensional story in some ways. But one of the richest things about this [role] is really trying to build in all those and finding the other space, and really trying to create something that’s very three-dimensional.”
Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4th.