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Stephen Strange... Might I offer you some advice? Forget everything that you think you know.
~ Karl Mordo.
Karl Mordo is the anti-heroic deuteragonist (later antagonist) of Doctor Strange and is set to return in the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
He is a former member of the Masters of the Mystic Arts and had been a close ally to the Ancient One, assisting in recruiting and training their future sorcerers. When Mordo had encountered Stephen Strange, he invited him into Kamar-Taj, despite the Ancient One's objections, and had later aided him with the conflict against Kaecilius and the Zealots. During this battle, Mordo learned that the Ancient One drew all her power from the Dark Dimension, which had been forbidden to all the Masters. Following the death of the Ancient One at the hands of Kaecilius, who had also been defeated before he was able to bring Dormammu to Earth, Mordo was so mortified by this betrayal that he foolishly turned his back on his allies, and choosing to restore balance by stripping sorcerers of all their powers.
Karl was an apprentice of the Ancient One who learned the Mystic Arts and the paths of alternative dimensions. Complex and intense, he could well turn out to be a friend, a rival, or a bitter enemy to the Ancient One's latest pupil.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Powers and Abilities
Master Sorcerer: Mordo is one of the most powerful members of the Masters of the Mystic Arts, possessing a considerable mastery of the mystic arts, which he uses to defend his native reality. With the help of numerous mystical artifacts and relics, in addition to his astral powers, Mordo is able to gain access to a multitude of mystical powers.
Eldritch Magic Manipulation: Mordo is able to create, shape and manipulate Eldritch Magic.
Teleportation: Using a Sling Ring, Mordo is able to open a fiery portal to another location, gaining ability to move tremendous distances instantaneously.
Interdimensional Travel: Using a Sling Ring, Mordo can travel between different dimensions and universes, crossing over different planes of existence or travelling across various forms of reality.
Power Absorption: After leaving the Masters of the Mystic Arts, Mordo demonstrated being able to strip sorcerers of magic and rob them of their abilities, notably performing this on Jonathan Pangborn, who channeled magically derived power to move his body despite being paraplegic. Mordo grabbed Pangborn's torso and summoned his magic in the form of a yellow, flame-like energy from the man's body, which instantly left Jonathan paralyzed once again.
Hand-to-hand Combatant/Martial Artist: Mordo is a highly skilled martial artist, in both armed and hand-to-hand combat. He single-handedly defeated three Nepalese thugs, as well as later besting Stephen Strange in a sparring session.
Staff of the Living Tribunal: A pole weapon which is used by Mordo as a melee weapon. It is able to extend and become segmented like chain-links, allowing it to be used as a flail or a whip. When in use, it radiates orange sparks and exerts extreme amounts of force, enough to send others flying though the air. Mordo even used it to swing from a structure while battling Kaecilius's followers on a scaffold, showing it can hold a person's weight without breaking.
Vaulting Boots of Valtorr: A mystically-enhanced pair of boots used by Mordo to move freely in the air. They increase the wearer's leaping ability and nullify the adverse effects of impacts from high landings and are also capable of allowing the wearer to briefly walk on air. When in use, the boots emit orange sparks from the footfalls.
Sling Ring: A mystical that enables Mordo to open a fiery portal to another location to allow instant transportation to any location he desires.
In the comics, Baron Karl Amadeus Mordo is a Transylvanian nobleman who studied under the Ancient One. He turned and tried to kill the Ancient One and in turn tried to defeat Doctor Strange once he became the Sorcerer Supreme.