I had been wondering how and when will we be introduced to the character of Mephisto in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is the original politician, the supreme briber, the whisperer of chaos. And he corrupts the will of all – from a harmless child of eight in an alley in Brazil to the Mad Titan Thanos.
He is the trader of souls and a desirer of the Infinity Gems…and he has – throughout history – plotted the downfall of nations.
So, it would be very natural for Marvel to add him as a villain in Captain America: Civil War come 2016. And the casting of German-Spanish actor Daniel Brühl in an unnamed villainous role for the film – with possible antagonistic main role in the Doctor Strange film four months later – got my mind deducting (see what I did there?) . And within seconds – as I bent my will to create – I traversed to this fully formed plane of thought:
If Marvel have cast Daniel Brühl as Mephisto, it is a brilliant choice. The myth of Faustus and Mephistopheles, the source for the Marvel villain’s conception is German folklore. Daniel Brühl has a prevailing German accent and he is exactly the type of actor who can nail cunning egotistical villainous roles: much more than being Loki and exactly being the devil himself.
Daniel Brühl has that face, and particularly that smile (and that glint in his eyes when he does so) that by default gives you a vibe of “that man has something up his sleeve.” And his voice also is great for a sinister role.
In Captain America: Civil War, he can assume the role of adding faggots to the flame when the superheroes are embroiled in a cold war over the Superhuman Registration Act. He can be that whispering devil who can keep the embers lit, the man behind the shadows revelling in the collapse of superhuman brotherhood.
Mephisto loves chaos and discord, apart from hoarding souls. Daniel Brühl would relish this role for sure.
And then we can see Mephisto directly lead into Doctor Strange.
As is speculated, there won’t be any origin story to Doctor Strange…most likely flashbacks to it. And I believe that will be so as in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Doctor Stephen Strange is name dropped as someone who is considered a threat by HYDRA. It can only mean that he is an already established superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The only viable way for Kevin Feige and his knights – Scott Derrickson and co – to weave Doctor Strange with the rest of the films is by having Mephisto play a common threat.
It is very likely that Dormammu will not be the main villain in the first Doctor Strange film. And I for one do not want Baron Mordo to be the prime antagonist either. As much as I love everything about the Sorcerer Supreme’s world, I do not fancy Baron Mordo much.
So, a better choice would be to keep Mordo as a minion (as he always is) and keep Mephisto as the main threat. Mephisto can be shown as someone who has had the chance to get his hands on the Soul Gem. At the same time, Mephisto finds it a great opportunity – being given the seed of the vile thought by someone else (maybe Doctor Faustus the other Marvel villain)…to at first cause a great discord on Earth via the chaos of fluctuating desire…something which was a storyline in The Mystic Hands of Doctor Strange volume 1 (2010)…and then go for the Infinity Gem itself.
We can first see Doctor Strange tackle the issue of a collapsing economical and psychological system throughout the world, something which can be the byproduct of a Civil War which creates fear in people of Superheroes and Governments both and causes them to take matters in their own hands and fix the world itself. Of course no superhero or organisation knows how to stop this mysterious wave of rebellion and good will. But Doctor Strange knows that it is something that is being perpetuated by forces from the astral plane.
He will then investigate and tackle Doctor Faustus, who can be shown as the Doktor of the comic issue, by admitting himself in a mental asylum. Therein we can see in flashbacks how Doctor Strange came to be the Sorcerer Supreme. Benedict Cumberbatch can throw in bits of his Imitation Game and Van Gogh for this sequence. We can see these flashbacks during a confrontation with Doctor Faustus. As Doctor Faustus tries to mess with his mind, we will see Stephen Strange’s past.
After this sequence comes to an end, we can then see Doctor Strange face Mephisto. In his dealings and duellings with Mephisto, he unravels Mephisto’s plan to get hold of the Soul Gem.
This would lead Doctor Strange through several perils in the astral plane that we can enjoy (that sounds sadistic on my part, and yours too as you smiled as well. I know…I am a Sorcerer).
The Soul Gem is in the possession of Adam Warlock, who is imprisoned in the Soul Realm, and we can finally have a way to introduce Adam Warlock into the fold as well.
I do not know how the other elements will be tackled…but I’m guessing one of Strange’s great foes: Nightmare…will be featured in the movie as well. So…yes…Mephisto doesn’t have to be the only baddie of the film.
And at the end of the film – or somewhere in its midst – we can see an interaction between Thanos and Mephisto and a plotting that can possibly lead to the acquisition of the Soul Gem by the Mad Titan. Maybe the failure to acquire the Soul Gem leads Mephisto to pledge his allegiance to Thanos for his own sinister purposes, as he has always desired to get a hold of all the Infinity Stones.
This way we will then have Mephisto established as the counsellor, first minister, whisperer of insanity to Thanos.
Fuelling the Mad Titan’s vain yet innocent desire to see the universe die to please his lover Lady Death and when – as it happens in the infinity saga – Thanos has all the gems in his hold, and has blasted his foes to nothingness, get the Infinity Gauntlet for himself and feast upon not only the gazillion souls Thanos forced to wander, but also the physical realm.
This sounds perfect to me a plot….connecting the human, the astral and the cosmic realms seamlessly through one entity who is almost always blamed for the cause of all things destructive and evil: the Devil Mephistopheles himself.
Disclaimer: If – by any chance this article does get a lot of viewership – I would request people posting the theory on other websites to cite the source of this theory…that is My Geekdom Come.
~ Zalysar Cuvegis/Rafi