Who Could Rachel McAdams be Playing in Doctor Strange?

Friday, 10 July 2015 - 2:34PM
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Doctor Strange
Friday, 10 July 2015 - 2:34PM
Who Could Rachel McAdams be Playing in Doctor Strange?
True Detective star Rachel McAdams is currently in talks with Marvel to star as the female lead in next year's Doctor Strange movie, and although Rachel hasn't officially signed on yet, we can't help but speculate over which role she'll be taking on. With no character names to go on other than "female lead", we're going to work some magic and come up with our best guesses for who McAdams could be portraying.

Clea


We're about 90 percent sure this is the role McAdams is up for. By far the most-prominent female character in Doctor Strange lore, Clea is Strange's love interest in the comics. She also happens to be the niece of Strange's greatest foe, the demonic entity and Lord of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu, and is therefore quite gifted in the mystical arts herself. While we haven't heard anything regarding Dormammu's inclusion in the film, we can't really picture a Doctor Strange movie without him, and having his supernatural niece serve as Strange's love interest would put a nice twist on the sometimes white bread role of the female love interest in a comic book movie (cough, Natalie Portman, cough).

Morgan le Fay


Serving as a villain in the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie, Morgan is one of the primary magical bad guys in Marvel's stable. A part-faerie witch dating back to Medieval times (not the restaurant), Morgan could bring a long history of mystical mischief to the MCU. She's not necessarily a prominent Doctor Strange character, but that hasn't stopped Marvel from using characters like Whiplash and Aldrich Killian in the past.

Wong


Stay with us on this one. We haven't heard any casting news for Wong, Strange's sidekick, but he probably has more appearances in Doctor Strange comics than anyone outside of Strange himself. One reason for the delay could be that Marvel is still trying to figure out how they want to depict Wong in a way that doesn't come across as racist or archaic (Wong is Strange's "manservant"). One route they could take is to give the character a complete redo, like they have with the Ancient One by casting Tilda Swinton in the role. If this is their approach, we see no reason why McAdams couldn't take on the role of Wong (though, let's hope they change the name).

Mistress Death


We don't know yet how Doctor Strange will fit in with the rest of the MCU, the character is not appearing in Captain America: Civil War like everybody else, but Mistress Death could provide the connection he needs. In the comics, Death is the literal embodiment of death, and she runs across Strange a number of times. She also is a huge part of the Infinity Gauntlet storyline: Thanos' love for her is what causes him to destroy half the universe. Introducing Death in Doctor Strange could pave the way for him to run into Thanos, and therefore the Avengers, when the time comes.
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