While there might not have been any official confirmation of Doctor Strange 2, everything is indicative of the same happening soon. The original Doctor Strange film did decently on the box office, but, it was the part played by Benedict Cumberbatch aka Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War that made the character truly popular among the fans. The increasing popularity of the character made the Marvel boss Kevin Feige believe that a Doctor Strange sequel would be a great idea.
The second Doctor Strange film would definitely be good only if it features Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, and we have heard that he has also got a hefty pay rise. We have no information about the contract that Benedict Cumberbatch has originally signed, but, until now he has featured in two movies (Doctor Strange, Avengers: Infinity War) and played a brief cameo in Thor: Ragnarok. He also has Avengers 4 coming up. In case, he has been signed up for the typical six-movie deal that Marvel offered most of its other actors, then Doctor Strange 2 might also be a part of that. However, if he asked for a shorter deal, Cumberbatch might get a big pay increase.
We also expect Benedict Wong to come back as Wong, the mystical arts expert who was strangely missing for most of the Avengers: Infinity War. Doctor Strange maker Scott Derrickson has earlier stated that Wong is going to have an impressive performance in the future Marvel Cinematic Universe films, so we are excited to see how Wong’s story will progress in Avengers 4 and beyond that.
The other actor to return is likely to be Chiwetel Ejiofor who could be back as Mordo, especially considering the fact that he is among the main villains of Doctor Strange franchise.
Scott Derrickson succeeded in treading a fine line with Doctor Strange, wherein he portrayed the mystical element and superhero adventure perfectly. His casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One caused some flutter, and that is one topic he has frankly addressed, but, all in all, he has directed the film well. We are glad to hear that he is interested in making Doctor Strange 2, and recently an Instagram post indicated that we might hear something about Doctor Strange 2 this month itself.
Although everything makes us believe that Doctor Strange 2 will definitely be bade, it must not be forgotten that the film is yet to be officially announced. In case the Instagram post of Derrickson is taken into consideration, then the official word might be heard soon. Marvel has an empty release spot now courtesy of the shelving of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and the Doctor Strange 2 might just get the May 2020 slot. It would also turn out to be a good follow-up to Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home. In case that happens, we might even see Doctor Strange appearing in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Even though the film has not been confirmed so far, in March this year, the writer of Doctor Strange, Robert C. Cargill shared the idea of a sequel’s narrative, suggesting that Baron Mordo (Ejiofor) and Nightmare will be the leading villains. Derrickson (who jointly wrote Doctor Strange with Cargill) has been vocal about his wish to introduce Nightmare, the ruler of the Nightmare Realm and Dream Dimension, into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Taking into account the role played by Mordo in the original Doctor Strange movie, it is logical to see him be involved with the movie, either as an associate of the Nightmare or teaming-up with Strange to beat Nightmare.
Cargill also talked about Mordo’s future and mentioned that Marvel has planned to give each character a well-defined ending, just like the comics. In fact, he even said that he would take the villain to “Loki levels of awesomeness,” and that would certainly be fascinating to see.
Doctor Strange was a fantastic origin story for the character, but, Doctor Strange truly emerged as a hero in Avengers: Infinity War, where he not only played a key role but, positioned himself to play a role in Avengers 4 too.
Strange has the power to peep into the future, and that is how he managed to evaluate 14 million possible outcomes of the battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, but, there was only one that saw the villain get defeated. He knows what has to be done to accomplish that, letting Thanos win and perishing himself to allow the survivors a shot at victory. As he said before turning into ashes, “there was no other way.” We are sure he will come back, anyhow.
Since there hasn’t been any approval for Doctor Strange 2 so far, let alone there being any production start, we have no trailer or artwork related to the film so far. However, considering the past practice of Marvel Cinematic Universe, we can expect the first look of Doctor Strange 2 to be revealed about six months before the movie releases in theatres.