Although 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is confirmed to play Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange, he may not be the only enemy Stephen Strange will have to face. It was reported last Thursday that actor Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to join the 2016 blockbuster, and word has it he might be a villain. While this doesn’t narrow down the options much, there are few actors that are better suited to play an antagonist than Mikkelsen, who just this past weekend wrapped up his run as the eponymous psychopath of the NBC series Hannibal and almost played Malekith in Thor: The Dark World. Should he sign on, and if this villain rumor is true, the big question remains which evildoer he would be breathing life into.

With his intimidating presence and gravitas, it’s possible that Mikkelsen isn’t being courted to simply play another human adversary, but rather one of the demons/otherworldly beings that Stephen Strange deals with on a regular basis. So like James Spader’s Ultron, we may not see his face, but he would (hopefully) frighten audiences via motion capture and voice performance. With that in mind, here are our top five contenders for the antagonist he may end up playing in Doctor Strange, all of whom could have a future beyond the Sorcerer Supreme’s first solo adventure.

Nightmare
Nightmare
When Doctor Strange debuted in 1963’s Strange Tales #110, Nightmare was the foe he went up against. As his name suggests, this demon rules over a dream dimension where he torments people as they sleep, and in some cases traps people in this realm for his own amusement. Thus it falls on Doctor Strange to defend humanity from his shenanigans, to the point that now Strange casts a spell over himself before falling asleep so that Nightmare doesn’t try to pull anything on him. If it helps, think of Nightmare as being a twisted version to the Vertigo character Morpheus, a.k.a. Sandman. As for his role in the Sorcerer Supreme’s movie, that could work one of two ways. One, he could be one of Baron Mordo’s demonic allies in the film (which leaves open the possibility for a return in a later film); or as a separate threat that the good Doctor must deal with before he battles Mordo, similar to how their first encounter went down in the comics.

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