Director Scott Derrickson says ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel to explore alternate dimensions, realities
Fans of the Marvel Comic books may be curious to learn more about Doctor Strange 2 with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange and the direction of the film adaptations. Director Scott Derrickson has big plans in mind and, as noted by Coming Soon, will expand on the ideas introduced in the first film.
“I wouldn’t necessarily rule anything out,” Derrickson said as he explained his general focus, refuting talks of battles against werewolves or vampires, as seen in the comic books of the 1980’s.
“That’s certainly where the comics went in the ’80s but I also think that was probably the weakest era of the comics. The alternate dimensions and possibilities of the multiverse that we set up with the first film already give limitless possibilities.”
A Strange sequel isn’t even confirmed at this point. “I have no idea where it fits in,” he explains. “I’ve sort of been off the grid. I very much needed a break after that. But I’m starting to read TV pilots. I love dramatic television, and I’ve gotten quite a few good offers on really good pilots. I may do a pilot before Doctor Strange 2, if Doctor Strange 2 is going to happen.”
Fans are eager to see Doctor Strange visit all the bizarre parallel worlds from the comic books, as seen in events like Secret Wars and Spider-Verse.
Derrickson won’t rule out anything – at least, nothing small. If he’s going to go dimension-hopping, it’s going to be a big, exciting affair: “What I will say is that the goal would not be to underutilize that, or to create something that was less innovative than the first ‘Doctor Strange.’ The comics, especially the Lee/Ditko comics, were always pushing into unexpectedly weird places and storylines. That has continued on into the current Doctor Strange comics, which are really great. So anything’s possible with Doctor Strange, I wouldn’t rule anything out.”
There are no details, but the main cast (that is Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong) is expected to be locked in for several films and Chiwetel Ejiofor will certainly play a major role as Baron Mordo.
“I just feel relieved that it wasn’t terrible,” Derrickson joked, promoting the Blu-ray release in a couple of weeks. “I just feel relieved that I was not the pilot of a very public disaster. That’s how I feel. Every day, I get up and I’m like, ‘Thank god I didn’t f— that up!’”
Marvel hasn’t called the Derrickson to see how his 2018, or 2019, schedule is looking.
“Right now, I don’t think the people at Marvel are calling anybody for anything,” he says. “They’re making way too many movies at once right now [to do that]. [Given] how intimately involved they are in the development and shooting and post-production of those movies, they’ve got their hands very full right now.”