Mads Mikkelsen Had a Favorite Superhero and It Wasn't Doctor Strange

Mads Mikkelsen from Doctor Strange
Mads Mikkelsen from Doctor Strange

Mads Mikkelsen on Playing a Villain in Doctor Strange

In “Doctor Strange,” Mads Mikkelsen summons his mighty mystical powers as one of the more memorable villains in the Marvel cinematic universe. But growing up in Denmark, Mikkelson looked to another comic book series for inspiration.

“As a kid I think we relate a little more to Peter Parker, a skinny guy with a big mouth,” he tells Made in Hollywood reporter Kylie Erica Mar of Spider-Man’s alter-ego.

Doctor Strange Pits Mads Mikkelsen Against Benedict Cumberbatch

“Doctor Strange” follows the adventures of a surgeon (Benedict Cumberbatch) with shattered hands from a car accident who becomes the kung fu-flying superhero protector against mystical and magical threats in the universe after encountering the Ancient One, played in the film by Tilda Swinton.

“I remember as a kid reading (Doctor Strange),” he says. “I loved the colors, I loved the magic abilities. But (there) was a level of philosophy, intellectual that I might not have understood when I was 7. But I do love it today.”

The deeper Mikkeslen got into his character, the more the actor came to understand and appreciate the plight of Kaecilius and his unsettling parallels to Strange.

“All good villains have to somehow reflect the hero,” says Mikkelsen. “So I’m sure Dr. Strange sees a lot of truth in my character. He also hates a lot of the stuff that he sees. And then he has to make up his mind which path he’s going down.”

How Mads Mikkelsen Pulls Off the Martial Arts Moves in Doctor Strange

The movie called for both Mikkelsen and Cumberbatch to push their physical limits with the martial arts.

“It was fun,” he says. “We’re doing flying kung fu, but it’s made for smaller people than me and Benedict. So it was uphill, but we got stronger every day and eventually we got there.”