During a stage appearance at Comic Con 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Mads Mikkelsen was asked about his role as the villain in Kojima’s upcoming game Death Stranding. Surprisingly, Mikkelsen first wanted to make clear that he does not consider his character a villain.
“I’m not a villain, I’m a character in there, that you can kind of decide what he is.” he responded. “But he is not a villain in that sense.”
Kojima has stated that Mads’ character will be the antagonist while the main character played by Norman Reedus will be the protagonist, but this suggests that like previous Kojima games, Death Stranding will also feature characters that aren’t necessarily good or bad, or ‘hero’ and ‘villain’.