Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has confirmed there will be a second Doctor Strange sequel in the future.
While speaking with Cinemablend, Feige discussed the Doctor Strange sequel:
“Sometimes it’s where do those characters pop up? [Doctor] Strange, you know, whenever we do another Strange one, which we will do, it will be a number of years from the first Strange, and yet he’s a very big part of [Avengers:] Infinity War. So it is just a good problem to have when you have too many beloved characters that people want to see more of, whilst keeping to our core belief that we need to keep exploring nuance and keep doing different types of things.”
That’s some pretty big news. Not only does Feige confirm the Doctor Strange sequel, but he also notes it still might be a number of years down the road before we get a sniff at it.
Feige explained why it might be a few years for the Doctor Strange sequel to show up:
“When you’ve got, what is it now, six, seven separate franchises? It’s part of the scheduling process. Sometimes when people ask, ‘What about this character, what about that character?’ I go, ‘Well, it’s scheduling.’ And they go, ‘What’s he talking about?’ Scheduling. How many years between movies can you have? You know, [Thor:] Ragnarok was four years. There’s four years between, right? He had an appearance in between there. So that seems to be maybe okay – sometimes, though, you want it to be less. Sometimes it can be more.”
However, Feige does see the demand for the multiple franchises and is adapting to it.
“It’s one of the reasons we’ve expanded to three films a year, is so that we could do the sequels to films that people have responded to — because we love to make continuing stories with characters people have responded to — but also keep doing the stuff that nobody’s ever heard of, and people go, ‘Why are you doing that?’ That’s fun. And that’s what Phase One was built on, Phase Two was built on, Phase Three was built on, is having that… Whenever we announce the next year, two years, three years, five years, whatever we’re going to announce, there will be plenty of those that, maybe people in the know like yourself will know what they are, but the world at large will go, ‘What is it? Why are they doing that? That’s exciting for sure.”
As for what we might expect for the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill revealed Nightmare would be the villain in the sequel.
You might be thinking this is an odd choice given the post-credit scene from Doctor Strange which shows Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo becoming a villain. Cargill explained Mordo would probably find himself involved with whatever nastiness Nightmare is getting up to. He also explained they hope to bring the character on par with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki.
Are you excited to see a Doctor Strange sequel?