I Suspect I Know Who Mads Mikkelson Is Playing In Marvel Studios’ Upcoming Doctor Strange

According to Superherohype, Mads Mikkelson (Hannibal) will have a role in Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Marvel Studios feature, Doctor Strange.

Assuming that to be true, they also let slip a little more information than they may have intended, because they also mention that he’ll be playing a villain.

And since Baron Mordo is taken, there’s only one real option, in my humble opinion because, while Doctor Strange has a pretty deep Rogue’s Gallery, most of them are so esoteric that–like Marvel is doing in the case of Thanos–they’ll more than likely use Strange’s introduction to reveal a character who’s presence will reverberate throughout the entire MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe).

And that character will more than likely be…wait for it…Dormanmu (Eternity or the Living Tribunal would also be kind of awesome, but I suspect that it’s too early for either of them)!

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Think about it, and I think you’ll agree that there are few Doctor Strange villains that they could introduce that would not only drive comics fans apeshit, but would impress casual viewers as well.

And Dormammu, played by Mikkelson, would be beyond incredible.

And this is where Scott Derrickson being a horror director will come into play, namely he has to create the atmosphere were one of Marvel’s stranger villains will not only appear realistic, but demonic and terrifying as well.

Something he’s well-equipped to do if you’ve seen either Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil or The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

And he actually has an interesting mythology, which should buttress his credentials, and connection, with the audience.

And keep in mind that Marvel has done this type of casting in the past, using big-name actors in roles that obscure the actor themselves, such as Vin Diesel as Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy or James Spader, in Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

And Dormammu has the potential–especially if they stick to Steve Ditko’s original designs, as opposed to more modern interpretations of the character–to be absolutely unbelievable.

Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse – Red Band Trailer

Christopher Landon’s Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse on the face of it looks like fun, and while I was a boy scout when I was younger, there’s something that has always felt a bit off-putting to me about people who don’t outgrow it.

That being said, the movie looks like there’s some potential for hilarity among the viscera.

And this is the Red Band Trailer, so it goes without saying that there’s copious amounts of the red stuff because, wasn’t it Clive Barker who said something to the effect that people are just like books, in that when we’re opened, we’re red.

Cop Car – Trailer

I am really curious about Jon Watts’ Cop Car, mainly because on the strength of it Watts was chosen to direct Sony/Marvel Studios’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot.

Do I want to see it more than I do Sinister 2?  Not necessarily, but I have to admit that I am curious.

Victor Frankenstein – Trailer

I don’t know about this.  Notice the title.  It’s not “Frankenstein,” but “Victor Frankenstein,” the point being that they seem to be moving away somewhat from Frankenstein’s Monster, to the man that assembled Frankenstein’s Monster.

That’s an important difference, and one I am not sure I like.  Then again, I’ve always been more of a werewolf/Wolfman sort of guy, but what interested me about Frankenstein’s Monster was the idea of a being that, while of our world, doesn’t quite fit in or even know how to navigate it.

Besides, looking at the trailer, I am not entirely sure what tone they’re aiming for.  It feels less like a horror movie than an adventure movie with horror overtones (it may sound like I’m picking nits, but there is a difference).  And sure, I like the line from James McAvoy (Victor Frankenstein) that seems like it came straight from Mel Brooks’ remarkable Young Frankenstein, but–while Young Frankenstein is incredible and well worth seeing if you haven’t–I am not sure if it’s the template they should be working from.

Unless they commit to the horror of the character, comedy or any semblance to Brooks’ movie will be wasted.

It’s worth mentioning that, for some reason, unlike werewolves and vampires, it’s been difficult to approach Frankenstein, especially if 2014’s I, Frankenstein or 1994’s Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein are any indication.

The Hateful Eight – Trailer

“One of these fellows is not who he says he is.”  says John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell), which is sort of ironic coming from Russell, seeing that he he also starred in John Carpenter’s The Thing.

The Hateful Eight is the latest from Quentin Tarantino, who’s last movie was Django Unchained, in some ways a very odd movie in that it played a lot more cartoony that I assumed it would.

Goodnight Mommy – Trailer

For awhile France was the place to go for innovative horror (and where directors like Alexandre Aja and Xavier Gens hail), now it seems that there’s been a shift to Australia.  Wyrmwood: Road Of The Dead is currently on Netflix, and it’s pretty clever–in terms of where it takes zombie horror, not so much in terms of visuals.

And Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s Goodnight Mommy looks to continue the trend.

Visually, the movie reminds me of Funny Games (for some reason) and revolves around two twin boys.  Their mother returns to their remote home (which is good for chasing your kids for prolonged periods, due to the isolation) to recover from plastic surgery on her face, and the boys aren’t too sure she’s actually their mother.

When I originally heard the synopsis, I thought that it was a case of the twins being bat-shite crazy (like Dead Ringers with little kids), and their mother spending most of the movie fleeing, though if the trailer is at all accurate, the boys may be on to something.

The Vatican Tapes – Trailer

Let’s be honest…the trailer for The Vatican Tapes doesn’t look that great–and you’ll notice that it’s supposedly coming in July–and while I could have missed it last month, I don’t think so.

I get the feeling one reason it exists is to ride on the coattails of Michael Peña’s success with Ant-Man, though what interests me even more is that the movie is directed by Mark Neveldine, who helped make Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance at the very least interesting (as opposed to the first movie, which somehow managed to make old skull head, dull) and visually distinct from the first movie.