Doctor Strange had an interesting challenge when it came out in 2016. It was responsible for introducing magic and sorcery into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it ended up succeeding in many ways. Not only did it get strong reviews (Currently holds an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 72% on Metacritic), but it managed to gross $677.7 million at the box office. A sequel has been in demand since then to see actor Benedict Cumberbatch wear this magical cape again beyond his co-starring appearance in this year’s Avengers: Infinity War and next year’s Avengers: Endgame. Turns out…fans are getting their wish.
It was announced today that the first film’s director Scott Derrickson, who came out of nowhere to helm such a large project after being known for smaller horror films like Sinister, has signed on to helm a Doctor Strange 2. The sequel has been rumored for some time with Marvel officially just saying “We’re working on it”. Now it’s confirmed and a writer is currently being looked for to pen the sequel’s script even though Derrickson co-wrote the first film with his go-to scribe C. Robert Cargill (Who obviously has not been confirmed to return to pen the sequel).
The film is expected to have a Spring 2020 production start date with an early 2021 theatrical release. Beyond Cumberbatch returning as Dr. Stephen Strange, the only people who might return are Strange’s right-hand man Wong (Played by Benedict Wong) and Rachel McAdams as Stephen’s love interest, Dr. Christine Palmer. For now though, like Strange’s literal fate at the end of Infinity War, it’s all up in the air. Stay tuned!