Mordo’s position in the first Doctor Strange film was that of a student to the Ancient One and a teacher to Doctor Strange, but whenever a threat to the natural order presented itself, Mordo would strike with a fierce passion and terror of the implications that may result. However, as it became evident that his views were being taken for granted, he opted to isolate himself from the sorcerers, and his subsequent decisions may have confirmed his suspicions and led to his accidentally predicting a terrible end for Kamar-Taj.
According to the natural order, any alteration of the space-time continuum might have devastating effects on the fabric of reality. Mordo was a firm believer in upholding the status quo at any cost. At first, he assumed that his concerns were being ignored because Strange was a more advanced sorcerer, but after witnessing Strange’s flagrant use of the Time Stone and learning of the Ancient One’s manipulation of the Dark Dimension to live forever, he came to a new conclusion: there were too many sorcerers. Since then, he has spent his days reclaiming the magic from those who used it for personal benefit, hoping that the fewer individuals who influence its powers, the less likely the natural order would be disrupted.
Doctor Strange witnesses an attack on Kamar-Taj in the Multiverse of Madness. While it is unclear who is behind the attack, it is probable that it is a direct outcome of the decade’s previous crimes against the natural order. Mordo, ironically, informed Strange and Wong of this in 2016, when he reminded them that the bill is always due. His efforts, however wicked, were all in the interests of delaying the inevitable or, at the very least, balancing the costs as best he could.
Could it really be Mordo’s prediction?
Mordo also returns later in the Multiverse of Madness trailer, having no interest in assisting Strange with the various difficulties he confronts as he ventures into the unknown. However, it’s unclear whether this Mordo is a variety or the same as in the previous film. If he is from the MCU timeline, he might have had a role in orchestrating or perhaps leading the attack on Kamar-Taj. If accurate, it would suggest that his prophecy came true by his own hand since he thought the other sorcerers had lost their right to protect the natural order, and only he is capable of shouldering the load.
Mordo is a difficult sorcerer who bears the burden of strong feelings and convictions. When they are questioned, he responds aggressively and will readily leave everything he knows to travel a road he believes is righteous. His actions have reduced the worldwide population of sorcerers, and his continual warnings have rung throughout the MCU for years. It’s unknown if his forecast will come true altogether, but Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness can guarantee that the bill will always come due.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which follows the fate of Kamar-Taj, will be released in cinemas on May 6.