Doctor Strange 2 has been a project we’ve longed assumed would happen but it was only just reported by TheHollywoodReporter that Scott Derrickson would be back as the sequel’s director along with Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams reprising their roles.
In any case, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the plan is for the script to be hashed out in 2019 with an eye toward a spring 2020 production start. If all goes well, the movie would be casting its spell on audiences in May 2021.
While it has yet to be announced by Marvel, a recent report from ThatHashtagShow suggests that screenwriter C. Robert Cargill will be returning for the sequel as well.
Even as a Doctor Strange fan I wasn’t terribly impressed with the first movie and I feel like a lot of it had to do with the origin aspect sucking up a lot of oxygen. Adding to the dullness of the film has been his more animated/vibrant appearances in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, making that original introduction to him seem less interesting. I’m all for giving Derrickson and Cargill another shot, but they really need to bring something special this time.
The details concerning the film are limited as it’s only in the early stages. Thanks to some previous statements made by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, we have some ideas of who could be appearing in the sequel.
While speaking with IGN back in October 2016, Derrickson revealed an interest to tackle villain Nightmare in a future installment after almost using him in the first film. He happens to rule the Dream Dimension that might make for interesting visual action scenes and potentially his cinematic incarnation could be inspired by a mix of Pennywise and Freddy Kruger. Also, allowing them to focus on the inter-dimensional aspect of Strange’s adventures that was only briefly touched upon with the Dormammu scene.
“I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension. […] That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.”
“We decided not to do that because that’s a bit of a complex idea to try to introduce everything we do introduce and introduce the idea of nightmares themselves as being a dimension. I hope somewhere down the line we do get to explore that because I think that’s super cool concept.”
In March 2017, director Scott Derrickson revealed on his Twitter account he was hoping to get sorceress and future love interest Clea (the daughter of Dormammu) in the sequel while reaffirming again that he’s keen on using Nightmare as an antagonist. Admitting that Nightmare is “tricky”.
Possibly Nightmare, but he's a tricky villain to get right. And you can't tell the story of Doctor Strange w/out eventually dealing w/Clea. https://t.co/C4mZYgGkkA
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) March 2, 2017
C. Robert Cargill also reiterated his desire to tackle Nightmare and added that Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo could be making a big return as well, noting his villainous ways in a Q&A in Austin, Texas from last year. Alluding to the film potentially having multiple villains and his hope to possibly take Mordo to the level of Loki-type baddie.
“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.”
“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.”
I personally loved the sequence with Dormammu and if they’re keen on using a bunch of villains I’d like to see him make a comeback and it would be relevant considering Scott is talking about bringing his daughter into the MCU. Having Mordo attack Strange from multiple threats from various dimensions could be a way to bulk up
With multiple villains adds to the likelihood of multiple heroes and while we’ve already expected that Wong and even possibly Clea will be fighting alongside Doctor Strange, a little reinforcement from a fellow Avenger wouldn’t hurt either.
Crossovers have been a big thing with recent solo movies, as we saw that with Spider-Man/Black Panther being introduced in Captain America: Civil War, Hulk playing a large role in Thor: Ragnarok (along with taking cues from his Planet Hulk comics), Tony Stark playing somewhat of a mentor figure in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Nick Fury will even play a big role in Captain Marvel’s first installment (as it will sort of explore Nick’s origin as well) and he’s in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
One team-up that has been teased has been a desire to have Strange finally meet up with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in New York City, where they are superhero neighbors and have shared plenty of adventures in the pages of Marvel Comics. It was brought up last year during an interview with ScreenRant that idea seemingly went over well with both actors.
SR: It’s true. Would you guys like to see you guys team up in future properties?
Cumberbatch: And even if it is, you know, doing a coffee run for one another or just like hanging out or we’ll go play ball in the park or it’s doing every day, start picking up our laundry. I would really like that to be expanded to something really fantastic.
Holland: I came up with an idea the other day that will never happen. Peter Parker is at school, has a mad, mad headache, rings up someone and says “I just really need your help. It’s really important.” And then a voice says “OK”, and then he goes over to your house and your dressed up as Doctor Strange and you’re ready to do business. And I’m like, “I have a headache. Do you know what this is?” And I, because you’re a brain surgeon so you think I need you to like save the world again, but really I just need your doctor expertise I just need you to be a doctor.
Another character that deserves to be paired up with Strange is his longtime ally Jericho Drumm aka Brother Voodoo, his older brother Daniel Drumm appeared in the first film as the previous protector of the New York Sanctum before he was killed.
Born in Haiti, Jericho Drumm left for America to become a Doctor. One day he received word that his brother was dying because of a Voodoo Curse. He got revenge by learning Voodoo from Papa Jambo.
Considering how Marvel tends to up the stakes with their sequels there is a good chance we’ll see a bigger film that hopefully will have a larger impact on Phase 4 and giving us plenty of new dimensions to explore.
Filming is expected to begin between spring/summer 2020.
Doctor Strange 2 is currently without an official release date but a release date in 2021 is a good bet to make.