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Who is Kaecilius?
He is one of three featured minions of Baron Mordo who has appeared in nine Doctor Strange stories, in total, and was almost always of very little consequence. His character in the comics is in no way fleshed out beyond that of an order-following extension of Baron Mordo, who is his leader.
He is, in a word, a lackey. A sorcerer, sure, and one that actually invades the Sanctum Sanctorum, Doctor Strange’s nigh impregnable, magically labyrinthine home, with a couple other followers of Mordo, but he is a lackey of Mordo all the same.
But now, according to a report from Heroic Hollywood, it’s entirely possible that we’ve learned he is the primary antagonist in the up-coming Doctor Strange film, as played by Mads Mikkelsen. Apparently, the toy line, Mini-Mates, has produced a Doctor Strange line of eight figures divided amongst four separate sets. Those sets are —
Doctor Strange & Ancient One
Christine Palmer & Dr. Stephen Strange
Wong & Zealot
Baron Mordo & Kaecilius
First of all, quick mention that Christine Palmer, as played by Rachel McAdams, is one of the three Night Nurses, the other one being Claire Temple, who is played in the Netflix universe of Daredevil and Jessica Jones by Rosario Dawson.
But now, back to Kaecilius.
It’s entirely possible that Mads is not Kaecilius and that his character is actually not featured in this set but, let’s be real, there’s no way a toy company would choose to leave the main villain out of there play set. It’s likely that Mikkelsen is Kaecilius. That being the case, how would Marvel use him in this upcoming film?
We have a couple theories.
The first one we’ll call —
HE’S JUST THE BAD GUY
In this scenario, Kaecilius is just straight up the bad guy, 100% working of his own volition for a goal that he personally believes in. To fulfill the canon of him being related to Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in some way, it’s entirely possible that his goal is to recruit Mordo for some larger reason. Perhaps he’s in league with some other creatures or devils or extra-dimensional lords and they require Mordo or a student of the Ancient One to achieve their goals.
Our second theory we’ll call–
HE’S WORKING FOR MORDO IN SECRET
In this scenario, Kaecilius is actually very much like his comic book counterpart and is fully a minion of Baron Mordo, working with him in secret, helping his master keep his cover as the good and promising student of The Ancient One.
With this particular storyline, Kaecilius is the figure head of whatever antagonistic movement Doctor Strange is fighting against, but Baron Mordo is the hidden puppet master, pulling unseen strings behind the scenes, allowing Kaecilius to take the fall for his actions. This would not be unlike Ben Kingsley’s role as the Mandarin in Iron Man 3, with him as the face of the movement while Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) was the actual man with the plan.
It’s also entirely possible that Kaecilius doesn’t even know Mordo is behind it, much like the duplicity of Emperor Palpatine with the Republic and Lord Sidious with the Trade Federation in the Star Wars Prequels.
For our third and last theory, we’ll call that–
HE’S AN AGENT OF BARON MORDO TRAVELING THROUGH TIME
This scenario is based on the rumor from Latino Review of last year which claimed that Kaecilius was a sorcerer from the past, 1968 to be specific. Here’s what they said in their article —
The “Doctor Strange” movie actually starts much earlier than anyone expected, opening in 1968 Kathmandu where some Zealots of dark magic manage to open a portal to another dimension. Leading them is a character named Kaecilius, a name taken from a character associated with Baron Mordo in the Marvel Comics.
So, going with that, is it possible that time travel is somehow involved in all of this? Like, did Baron Mordo send Kaecilius back in time to a younger version of himself to serve some unknown purpose? This would go hand in hand with rumors that Doctor Strange will deal with time travel in some way, bringing the Time Stone into the Infinity Gauntlet mix. This could also mean that Kaecilius is actually from the future, sent to 1968 by Baron Mordo.
Time travel with Doctor Strange is not unprecedented. We’ve seen Doctor Strange travel through time to teach Clea all about Earth and, in one of the most notorious Doctor Strange stories, Time Doom, we saw Baron Mordo and Doctor Strange chasing after a powerful sorcerer who ends up annihilating all of creation and then re-creating it in his own image, essentially becoming the god of Genesis.
If you want to see the exact copy of the spoiler-y information from Mini-Mates, you can read it below.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now the next entry in the long-running Marvel Minimates line! Series 70 of Marvel Minimates mini-figures travels to the world of the Doctor Strange movie, with four different two-packs: Dr. Strange with The Ancient One, Mordo with Kaecilius, the specialty-exclusive Stephen Strange with Christine Palmer and the specialty-exclusive Wong & Zealot! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Each two-pack is packaged in a full-color window box.
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