Whatever happened to the possibility of Doctor Strange 2 becoming an avid part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for “Phase Four” down the line? The sequel would only seem natural, especially after the tremendous reception of the first — origins — movie. However, Marvel Studios has seemingly other priorities for the time being.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, actor Benedict Cumberbatch was asked about his plans to become the Sorcerer Supreme once again. This may disappoint fans but Marvel Studios has no current plans, at least not yet, for a sequel.
“Not at the moment, no. The masterplan is continually in flux, so it would be out of order for me to speculate,” Cumberbatch revealed.
While the first movie saw Doctor Strange saving our world by sending Dormammu packing, the ending sequence also set up Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as the villain he appears in the comic books. In addition, all the main superheroes lined up for the Avengers saga have so far received multiple standalone installments. Hence, there is no reason why Cumberbatch should not be wearing the levitating cloak for a second time.
Marvel Studios has so far been very secretive about how it plans to continue the MCU after Thanos and his Dark Order have been dealt with. It is fair to assume that Doctor Strange 2 will indeed happen but we will have to wait a while before receiving any official acknowledgement from the top brass.
In the meantime, Doctor Strange will be sharing the spotlight with other superheroes when Avengers: Infinity War releases on April 27, 2018. There is also the untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, slated to premiere on May 3, 2019.
Even if Doctor Strange 2 enters production in the coming years, the premiere might not happen before 2020 at the very least.