A frequent topic of conversation when it comes to the films in the Marvel Studios canon is their treatment of villains. More often than not, it feels like the antagonists in their films are something of an afterthought. That’s why, after a baker’s dozen of Marvel films, there were really only two villains that fans thought of fondly: Loki and Red Skull. With the fourteenth film, Doctor Strange, now officially out in theaters we got to meet another Marvel villain, and his legacy remains to be seen. Mads Mikkelsen’s Kaecilius was handled in a way that’s very similar to one of the other previously mentioned favorites, Red Skull.
So what’s next for Kaecilius?
*SPOILER WARNING! The Rest Of The Post Will Center On A Discussion Regarding The End of DOCTOR STRANGE*
If you’ll recall, Huge Weaving’s Red Skull met a mysterious end during the climax of Captain America: The First Avenger. He got his hands on theTesseract, and the cosmic cube seemingly dissolved the megalomaniacal HYDRA leader in a beam of light. Due to the fact that we didn’t actually see him die, per se, fans have long-speculated that we could one day see the character again. After all, we can always say that the Tesseract merely teleported him to another dimension.
Similarly in Doctor Strange, after the Sorcerer Supreme makes his deal with Dormammu, we see Kaecilius disintegrate as he gets sucked into a sort of cosmic wormhole. In a film as trippy and visually-striking as Doctor Strange, this didn’t necessarily mean that the character was killed off.
Mikkselsen was asked about Kaecilius’ fate, and he, too, left the door open.
“I don’t know. He was not looking too sharp in the end of this movie,” Mikkelsen told Cinema Blend. “But you never know,” he coyly added. He also remarked, with a grin, how quickly Kaecilius was dispatched, “Yeah, it’s like [snaps fingers] a blink of an eye away.” Surely, a character as powerful as Kaecilius- and who was able to thwart The Ancient One for so long- couldn’t have just been killed off in the blink of an eye, right?
What do you think? Would you like to see Kaecilius return? Do you think there’s a chance he pops up again- either in Avengers: Infinity War as one of Thanos’ soldiers, or in a future Doctor Strange sequel? Discuss.