Details On Mads Mikkelsen And Rachel McAdams' 'Doctor Strange' Roles

Marvel is moving full speed ahead on the hype for Doctor Strange, perhaps sensing the mystical superhero film will need a little extra push in the way Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man did. Already a handful of photos have been released, and now new details are emerging on the characters, including the villain played by Mads Mikkelsen. Here's how Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige describes the film and its inspirations, first of all...

“When this comic appeared in the early ’60s, it really informed, in a way that is pretty amazing, a lot of the psychedelic ’60s as we know it. I don’t know that they were doing anything weird in the bullpen in Marvel, but certainly the stuff they were doing inspired all those people who were doing mind-expansion experiments at the time. So, that’s inherent to the property. And that’s our mission statement for the visual effects on this movie.”

As for Mikkelsen's character, we've always known he was playing some kind of villain, but now we know he'll be the "main villain" according to executive producer Stephen Broussard. Feige adds...

“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. But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions. Mads’ character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect. [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.”

McAdams is expected to play Christine Palmer, one of the many women who went by the name of Night Nurse. Feige doesn't reveal that specifically, but his description of her certainly fits...

“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. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”

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

Doctor Strange opens November 4th 2016 and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amy Landecker, and Scott Adkins. [EW]