Before you mock, bear with me. LEGO playsets have a history of revealing major scenes – as an example, LEGO kind of on the Giant-Man transformation in Captain America: Civil War. But now LEGO may have gone even further, none other than the main villain for Doctor Strange.
If the playset is actually based on a moment in the film (they usually are), then it clearly depicts the Sanctum Sanctorum – Doctor Strange’s New York residence. Given Doctor Strange has to head to the Ancient One and be trained by him before moving into the Sanctum Sanctorum, this scene would logically be later on in the film.
What’s more, there are clearly three characters in this scene – Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Wong (Benedict Wong), and Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). So all three characters must have been introduced at this point.
But what are they fighting? Well, unless I miss my guess, it’s Shuma-Gorath.
WAIT, JUST WHAT IS A SHUMA-GORATH..?
An ancient force of chaos, Shuma-Gorath is one of Doctor Strange’s deadliest enemies. It’s an extra-dimensional entity of tremendous power, and actually ruled Earth in prehistoric times, demanding human sacrifice to sate its appetite. The creature was eventually banished, but has constantly attempted to return.
Shuma-Gorath’s presence suggests a few details that are perhaps surprising. In the comics, Doctor Strange was trained by the Ancient One, and then headed back to New York. He was involved in a series of adventures – most notably, battling the dread Dormammu – before coming into contact with Shuma-Gorath. We’d previously been expecting Dormammu to be the main villain, not least because of Kevin Feige’s about seeing the “Dark Dimension”.
Shuma-Gorath’s presence teases a different direction for the plot. Shuma-Gorath actually possessed the Ancient One’s body, and through the Ancient One launched an attempt to take our entire reality. Doctor Strange was left no choice but to kill the Ancient One, and in defending the world from Shuma-Gorath earned the title ‘Sorcerer Supreme’.
It’s entirely possible that Doctor Strange will follow this plot, and we’ll see Stephen Strange become Sorcerer Supreme in his cinematic début (I’d expected that to happen in the sequel, personally).
SO WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MADS MIKKELSEN?
We know that Mads Mikkelsen is playing a creepy-looking villain in Doctor Strange, and Marvel has kept his identity secret. Is it possible that Doctor Strange will tweak the concept of Shuma-Gorath, by having the creature possessing one of Strange’s fellow sorcerers and summoning creatures like the ones seen in the LEGO playset? If so, it’s also possible that Shuma-Gorath will only possess the Ancient One when Mads Mikkelsen’s character is killed.
That seems a fair guess, but at the same time it doesn’t add up. If Mikkelsen were playing a possessed sorcerer, then I’d expect Marvel just to release the name of the sorcerer – and thus leave the Shuma-Gorath detail as a surprise.
And what of the Dark Dimension? That may actually be a smart move – as part of Doctor Strange’s training, have him dabble with the Dark Dimension (Feige only mentioned “glimpses” of the Dark Dimension, after all). But set up the lord of the Dark Dimension as a recurring villain, and maybe even link to Baron Mordo as another recurring villain?
All in all, it looks pretty certain that Shuma-Gorath plays a major role in Doctor Strange. But, for all this LEGO playset reveals that, in doing so it raises a lot more questions. We may well know a lot more about Marvel’s mystery villain, but by no means do we know everything!
Are you excited to see Shuma-Gorath? Let me know in the comments!
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