Marvel confirmed, a while ago, that a sequel was indeed happening for Doctor Strange. It seemed, for a bit, that there was some question around that topic. Unlike most Marvel movies, there was barely any talk of future installments for Doctor Strange, aside from his appearances in the Avengers films. But that worry has now been laid to rest. And with that out of the way, all that remained was getting names attached to it. Benedict Cumberbatch is essentially a given. But what about the people behind the scenes? Well, it looks like Scott Derrickson – director of the first film – will, in fact, direct the sequel.
That’s what The Hollywood Reporter would have us believe, at least. The report also suggests that the film could enter production in Spring of 2020. Furthermore, the movie has a projected release date of May 2021. Earlier speculation suggested the movie could begin production as early as next year. But that seemed entirely unlikely, all things considered. Either way, it could be Marvel’s next project after the recently announced Eternals film.
Doctor Strange saw great praise for its style and visual elements. Though some criticized it for being a rehash of 2007’s Iron Man. It’s not entirely difficult to see why. The two films did have some fundamental similarities. That being said, the film still did rather well at the box office, earning $677.7 million, worldwide, not far off from this year’s Venom. The character also appeared in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War and is likely to return in Avengers: Endgame. However, it’s uncertain what he’ll be facing in his sequel, at this time.
The character has a host of fantastical enemies. It’s likely Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo could play an essential part in the next film. He and Dormammu are arguably Strange’s most well-known antagonists. And some were disappointed with the first film’s portrayal of the latter. Though some might also hope for Mephisto to appear. With no information on a script, yet, there’s little to go on. But it’s liable to be creative.