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It’s official: Mads Mikkelsen IS the villain in Doctor Strange! But who will he be? UPDATED: Here’s who Rachel McAdams is

December 28th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments


He was brilliant as Dr Lecter in Hannibal, but now he’s officially a Marvel bad guy – just as we’ve been reporting for quite some time! Yes, Mads Mikkelsen has been confirmed as portraying the main villain role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange.

“Mads is playing our main villain,” says executive producer Stephen Broussard told Entertainment Weekly via Squareeyed.

Marvel Studios president and Doctor Strange producer Kevin Feige divulged further details. “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,” he says.

“But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions.”

So how does Miikelsen’s antagonist fit into the plot? “Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect,” says the Marvel Studios boss. “[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.”

However, neither producer were at liberty to state the name of Mikkelsen’s character so we’ll perhaps have to wait until the issue of EW is released.

“I’ve seen lots of names thrown around,” says Broussard. “No one has quite picked the name that we’ve chosen for him. It would be fun to conceal that, if we can.”

So, who do you think he’s playing? Let us know in the usual ways…


Now we know who Rachel McAdams is:“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,” says Feige.

“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,” added Broussard. “So, she sees him before, she sees him after. She’s kind of this audience point of view.”

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.