Mads Mikkelsen has a secret role in not one but two of the biggest blockbusters of the year – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange – but, until recently, we knew next to nothing about either. While the name of his Doctor Strange villain leaked on a toy package, now we have confirmation that he is indeed playing the rogue sorcerer Kaecilius, a former member-turned-rival of the Ancient One’s sect who seeks to let in whoever or whatever (Dormammu?) lies on the other side of reality.
The Will Corona Pilgrim-penned and Jorges Fenes-drawn comic, the first of a two-part Prelude, is available on Comixology and follows the Masters of the Mystic Arts, led by Wong (played by Benedict Wong in the film) as they chase a wayward sorceress who may have stolen an artifact from a British museum – a staff that swallows light. According to ComicBook.com, Kaecilius plays a big role in the first issue as a high-ranking member of the Masters who hunts the sorceress. It’s noted as villainous foreshadowing that while his compatriots in the Masters wield staffs, he dual wields scythes.
Director Scott Derrickson teased a big Comic-Con presence for the film, which is a passion project of Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige and introduces the element of magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time.
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, Doctor Strange also stars Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins. It hits theaters November 4.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.