There is still no word on what “Phase Four” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will bring about but there are a few potential sequels that are pretty much guaranteed at this point, including Doctor Strange 2.
While Marvel Studios currently focuses on the highly anticipated release of Avengers: Infinity War later this month, there is hope that writer Christopher Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson will eventually be summoned from the first Doctor Strange (2016) installment to handle the sequel.
Speaking with the press (via MovieWeb) following a recent movie screening, Cargill revealed that he and Derrickson already have a few prominent storyline ideas for Doctor Strange 2. This, of course, depends on if the duo is brought back for another take on the Sorcerer Supreme.
“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,” Cargill said.
In the comic books, Nightmare is a demonic being that rules over the “Dream Dimension” while riding a black-horned horse named Dreamstalker. Those who venture in his domain during sleep are tormented for all time and have their minds enslaved.
Nightmare is one of the main antagonists of Doctor Strange and in one specific arc, managed to imprison him alongside several other humans. There is the possibility that Cargill and Derrickson are looking into the same storyline. This would mean that Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) will somehow be involved in sending living offerings to Nightmare, probably to empower him to a degree that he can enter our world — similar to the Dormammu setting.
“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,” Cargill added further. “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.”
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.