There is actually a reason behind Marvel Studios playing coy when it comes to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with an official announcement for Doctor Strange 2.
Speaking with Vulture in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained that all attention is currently being focused on concluding Phase Three with the remaining installments. This includes Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and the presently untitled Avengers 4 sequel.
Doctor Strange 2 is definitely happening down the line, potentially for Phase Four, but now is not the right time to delve into things of the future.
“I feel like we’re still trying to fulfill the promise of that [Phase Three],” said Feige. “That’s what Infinity War is, that’s what Captain Marvel is and Ant-Man and The Wasp, and that’s what Avengers 4 will be. That’s what we have to do first, before we start saying, ‘And wait until you see this next thing!’ I don’t want to talk about what I’m having for dinner when I’m about to have lunch.”
It was last month when Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) was asked the same question about reprising the role of Sorcerer Supreme. The actor noted that there are no current plans for him to don the levitating cape, at least not yet. The character, however, will be sharing the spotlight in the upcoming two-part Avengers lineup.
Avengers: Infinity War will open in theaters worldwide on April 27, 2018. The untitled sequel, presently dubbed Avengers 4, is slated to premiere on May 3, 2019. If Doctor Strange 2 enters production around the same time, fans can expect a release date either in 2020 or afterwards.