Today I bring you Doctor Strange’s rival, Baron Karl Mordo as played by Daniel Dae Kim. Mordo fomerrly trained under The Ancient One and became insanely jealous of Doctor Strange’s aptitude for the mystic arts and his destiny to become the next Sorcerer Supreme.
Mordo comes form a long line of dark magic arts users, gaining an interest from a young age, particularly from his mother who instilled in him a desire for power and the will to attain it at any means (as displayed when she killed his father. In his youth his mother and grandfather taught him magic until he believed himself to exceed their ability, prompting him to leave home in search of more powerful mystics.
He was found by The Ancient One, Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. The Ancient One sensed a wealth of potential in the adolescent Mordo but feared that this talent could potentially lead him down a dark path and so The Ancient One took Karl in as one of his students in the hopes of keeping him on the side of good (or at the very least to keep an eye on him).
Unfortunately The Ancient One couldn’t quell Mordo’s thirst for power, finding that this desire was only fueled further the more he learned about magic and the different realms. After finding out about the man destined to be the next Sorcerer Supreme Mordo set out to alter that fate and manipulated events within Strange’s hometown so that Strange would be thrown off his path by something powerful and unpredictable, love, leading Strange to encounter a woman he would fall in love with and marry.
Things didn’t work in Mordo’s favor and somehow Doctor Strange still wound up under The Ancient One’s tutelage and it was this that led Mordo to search for other avenues through which he could attain unlimited power, other ways for him to become Sorcerer Supreme or even stronger, avenues that would take him down the dark path of betrayal, never looking back.
Daniel Dae Kim is famous for starring in Lost, Hawaii Five-0, and 24 and in my opinion I think he’d do well in the role. Baron Mordo’s thirst for power doesn’t turn him into some madman foaming at the mouth, yelling his diabolical plan at the top of his lungs, it would turn him into someone cold and calculating, making him increasingly unsettling as he descends further into villainy. From what I’ve seen of Kim I believe he could portray this controlled rage very well, playing the sophisticated megalomaniac.