Months after reports linked Chiwetel Ejiofor to Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange film (see "Chiwetel Eijiofor Up for Leading Role in 'Doctor Strange'"), it has finally been revealed that the Oscar nominated-actor (for 12 Years a Slave) will play Doctor Strange’s arch-nemesis Baron Mordo.  Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo first appeared in Strange Tales #111 (August 1963).  Scott Derrickson is directing the Doctor Strange film, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, and is slated for release on November 4, 2016 (see "Black Panther,' 'Captain Marvel,' 'Inhumans' Movies").

Deadline reports that the movie Baron Mordo won’t "necessarily be a completely villainous character," but is "an amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange’s mythology."  Making the role of Baron Mordo more than just one-dimensional makes it more appealing to an actor of Ejiofor’s abilities.  This broader take on the Baron Mordo character, like the gender switch of The Ancient One (see "Tilda Swinton Up for 'Doctor Strange' Role"), demonstrates that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios are willing to be flexible in adapting the Sorcerer Supreme’s saga for contemporary movie-going audiences.