Will Benedict Cumberbatch Star In a ‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel?
Guys, it’s official! Marvel has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will be returning as Doctor Strange in the upcoming sequel and we couldn’t be happier. The last time we saw the witty sorcerer was in Avengers: Infinity War where he disintegrated at the snap of Thanos’ fingers. As devastating as that was, we all knew Strange wouldn’t be taken out that easily.
Talk about the sequel and Avengers: Endgame helped solidify his future. Not to mention, Doctor Strange brought in over $675 million worldwide at the box office. Marvel would have to be crazy to not cash in on the popularity of the movie. While we have some clues to how the timeline is going play out, there’s no telling what will happen between now and the potential release date. Either way, we can’t wait to see Cumberbatch bring Strange to life on the big screen again.
How does Cumberbatch feel about returning as Doctor Strange?
— Doctor Strange (@DrStrange) February 15, 2017
It’s no secret, Cumberbatch is looking forward to returning as the mystical sorcerer in the future. When Deadline inquired about the potential role back in June, Cumberbatch said “Oh, Strange? Just try to stop me. That’s all kind of lined up as far as I’m aware, but who knows?…But as far as wanting to do it, yeah, I would love to go back into that role.”
Who else is returning in ‘Doctor Strange 2’?
— Doctor Strange (@DrStrange) October 27, 2016
While he isn’t a cast member, we think it’s important to note that Scott Derrickson, the director of the critically acclaimed and wildly successful original film, will be returning to oversee the sequel.
Benedict Wong is returning alongside Cumberbatch to play Wong, Strange’s associate.
Another character who will most likely return is Dr. Christine Palmer, Strange’s love interest, played by Rachel McAdams.
Who will the villains be in the ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel?
— Doctor Strange (@DrStrange) February 9, 2017
Derrickson told IGN, “I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept [of] the Nightmare Realm. That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale.” If Derrickson gets to bring his ideas to life, we can look forward to quite the formidable foe facing Strange in the sequel. Nightmare appeared alongside Strange in his debut, Strange Tales #110. He is the ruler of the Dream Dimension, a space that humans enter while asleep. That alone sounds like it would make a fantastic film.
Other potential villains are Dormammu and of course, Karl Mordo, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor’s, in the original film.
What about the other characters?
One character that could join the cast is Clea, Strange’s disciple. In an interview with CBR, screenwriter Jon Spaihts revealed that she would be a compelling character to add into the mix. Not only is she a disciple but she’s a potential love interest as well. How would things pan out considering Strange already has Palmer?
There’s one problem though. Spaihts feels she would be a challenge to bring to the screen, especially with her complicated relationship with Strange and her intriguing background. We hope they give it a shot!
When will ‘Doctor Strange 2’ be released?
— Doctor Strange (@DrStrange) December 7, 2018
We’ll keep it real with you. We don’t know precisely when the highly anticipated Marvel film will be released, but there is news about the timeline. The script should be fleshed out throughout next year, preparing the cast and crew for production by Spring 2020.
Taking that information into considering and looking at Marvel’s release calendar, there are a few open slots that are up for grabs in 2021 that seem promising; February 12th, May 7th, and November 5th. There are also two 2022 slots available, May 6th and July 29th but we’re pretty sure 2021 is going to be the fated year. We’re putting our money on November 5th since the original film debuted on November 4th, 2016.
Thankfully you won’t have to wait that long to see Strange on screen, Avengers: Endgame, releases April 19th, 2019.