Two years after the Sorcerer Supreme (Benedict Cumberbatch) made his cinematic debut, it’s been announced that Doctor Strange is officially getting a sequel.
Not only that, but Scott Derrickson, the first film’s director, is said to be back to helm for the sequel. More on the report below.
According to THR, Derrickson has “quietly finalized a deal” that will put him back in the director’s seat for the highly anticipated sequel. The first film was a hit when it was released in 2016, which meant that it would be guaranteed to have a sequel. However, Marvel Studios wasn’t exactly in a rush to make that announcement. Although, they aren’t exactly the type to end the character’s cinematic arc at just one film. But it looks like Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill won’t be writing the script this time around. The report states that Marvel is about to begin looking for a writer to pen the script.
So while it may look like Derrickson and Cargill won’t be penning the sequel, their work could be used to inspire the incoming writer’s script. In an interview earlier this year, Cargill had this to say about adding Nightmare as a villain in the sequel:
“Marvel movies work in threes. They also work outside of their threes. Some of the better Marvel films have more than one villain in them. Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it.”
So it looks like plans have changed. Marvel will now be looking for a new writer to pen the script in 2019, with a possible production start date of 2020, meaning that we could see the film as early as 2021. Cumberbatch is expected to return to play Doctor Strange, with Benedict Wong returning to play Strange’s right-hand sorcerer, Wong. Rachel McAdams is also said to return as Christine Palmer. While Chiwetel Ejiofor’s name is not mentioned, he may return as well considering Mordo is a pivotal figure in Doctor Strange lore.
But his character could serve a much bigger purpose than just a generic sequel villain. Once again, here’s Cargill talking about Mordo’s arc:
“For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that’s something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie. And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it’s such a fascinating ending. And I do know that whether we’re attached or not, that Marvel plans on working towards that ending and fully realizing Mordo as more than just a cardboard cutout villain, but actually taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness. That’s the goal with him.”
It’s still unclear what these characters will go through after Avengers: Endgame. Especially after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.