Marvel’s Doctor Strange is right around the corner, which means the studio is ramping up their marketing campaign to get viewers excited for the continuation of Phase 3. The embargo on the set visit has been dropped, revealing numerous bits of information such as the possible directions sequels may go, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s exploration of magic, and the chance the film introduces the Illuminati to the franchise. In addition, advertising materials such as an IMAX trailer and new posters were recently unveiled, giving viewers another look at the movie’s jaw-dropping visuals.
During the pre-release phase of a hotly-anticipated blockbuster, it’s become common for there to be posters showcasing the individual members of the ensemble. Just yesterday, the likes of Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wong (Benedict Wong), and Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) received this treatment, and now it’s time for their cast mates to get the spotlight.
Marvel continues their rollout of promotional items with special one-sheets for other key players in Doctor Strange: The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and the villain Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen). You can check the posters out below:
While there are many people looking forward to Doctor Strange, it has been hit with some controversy surrounding the casting of Swinton as The Ancient One, which has been criticized by some as whitewashing. Director Scott Derrickson has offered his defense, saying that it was done to end the stereotyping that was done in the early days of the comics. He balanced this out by expanding and changing the role of Wong for the film, and hopefully the results pay off in the end. Portraying The Ancient One on-screen was always going to be a tricky situation, but with a talented performer like Swinton in the role, she should be able to deliver a memorable turn as Strange’s mentor.
Kaecilius represents another one of Marvel’s doppelganger antagonists, which so far have earned a mixed track record in terms of quality. However, Mikkelsen has a history of playing compelling evildoers (see: Casino Royale), and he sounds like a valuable addition to the MCU. Kevin Feige has described the character as a “man of ideas,” stating that the way Kaecilius thinks is more fascinating to him than what he actually does. There’s no denying that the series could use a strong villain or two to course correct one of their few weak points, and ideally Mikkelsen will not be wasted in the part. Although, in the comics, Baron Mordo (who looks like an ally in Doctor Strange) later becomes a formidable foe for the Sorcerer Supreme, so it remains to be seen what becomes of Kaecilius.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.