Since Iron Man back in 2008, Marvel has been known for their underwhelming villains that are opposite versions of the hero. Films like Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor have seen the hero battling a villain very similar to them.
When Doctor Strange releases this November, once again we will see a hero go against a very similar villain. However, according to Marvel president Kevin Feige, that might not always be the case.
While speaking with Screen Rant about Marvel’s newest film, Feige addressed the issue of doppleganger villains.
“Clearly we will get to that [non-doppelganger match ups]… You want to have characters that inhabit the same world when introducing a new world, a new mythology for lack of a better term. You want to explore that as much as you can.”
Feige makes a good point. When a hero fights someone very similar to them it also becomes a fight of inner demons. The character gets a better storyline when we see a somewhat simple villain.
As for Doctor Strange, Feige had a few words about why there was another sorcerer as the villain.
“Kaecilius doesn’t know Strange from a hole in the wall. He predates him. But when you’re teaching an audience about sorcerers and that reality and you’re going to talk about the past anyway and you’re going to get into their history anyway, much better to tie-in your bad guy with that instead of laying all this groundwork of parallel dimensions and sorcery and say, by the way, a meteor hit on the other side of the world, it went under the water, and this evil thing developed. What does that have to do with magic? Nothing… That’s not the way we’ve developed them up to this point. “
Feige did confirm that over time this trend would cease. Here are his comments.
“Needless to say as more characters encounter each other in other films they’re certainly going to be up against things that they don’t know anything about and have no comparable to.”
You can see Kaecilius and Doctor Strange in action when Doctor Strange hits theaters November 4th.
Source: Screen Rant