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Chiwetel Ejiofor to return as villain in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Photo credit: Bang Media)

Chiwetel Ejiofor has confirmed that he will return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The 42-year-old actor has revealed that he is set to reprise the role as villain Baron Karl Mordo in the follow-up to the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.

Ejiofor added that everyone is hoping production on the movie will begin soon.

The 12 Years a Slave star told “Screen Rant”: “We’re hoping to start pretty soon is what I can tell you. So, you know, as soon as possible. We’re all really excited to get going and cracking with it. I can’t wait.”

The blockbuster — which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character — will be directed by Sam Raimi after Scott Derrickson departed the project.

The Evil Dead creator revealed that Doctor Strange was one of his favorite superheroes as a child.

Raimi, 60, said: “I loved Doctor Strange as a kid.

“He was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me. He was probably No. 5 for me for great comic book characters. He was so original.”

Raimi previously helmed the Spider-Man trilogy and explained how he had referred to Doctor Strange in 2004’s Spider-Man 2.

He explained: “When we had that moment in the Spider-Man movie, I had no idea we’d be making a Doctor Strange movie.

“So it was really funny to me also, coincidentally that line was in the first Spider-Man movie … I wish I had the foresight to know I was going to be involved in the project.”

Derrickson, who directed the original, is serving as an executive producer and gave Raimi his seal of approval.

He tweeted: “I’ve worked with Sam Raimi.

“One of the nicest people I’ve known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend.

“What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange.”