Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2019

‘Doctor Strange 2’ gets a title, official release in 2021, will be ‘first scary MCU movie’

At San Diego Comic-Con yesterday, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, unveiled the Phase 4 slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic-Con during Marvel’s panel in Hall, H.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was officially announced with Scott Derrickson directing the film, Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme  – no surprises there.

Derrickson described it as possessing a “psychedelic weirdness,” adding, “We’re gonna’ make the first scary MCU movie.”

“When I came and talked to [Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige] about doing a sequel, I said, ‘I don’t want to do just another sequel. If I’m going to do it, it needs to go into the territory that drew me into the Doctor Strange comics in the first place’ – which is how they dipped into the gothic and the horror and the horrific. And we’re going to make the first scary MCU movie.”

Derrickson repeated the adjectives to Variety that the sequel will mine the original comics and play up “the gothic, the horror.”

The movie will also feature Elizabeth Olsen, who will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, as the film somehow ties into her TV solo show: WandaVision.

Cumberbatch told the attendees that the sequel would “maintain the integrity of humour with the twist of horror that will have people gripped.” He further added that Doctor Strange will “be facing unexpected things, he’ll be in the position of the audience with not knowing what’s coming at him.” He concluded saying, “We’re going back to trying to destroy him, I think.”

Speaking to wearing the costume for the first time, the Sherlock star said  “I really was quite giddy. I really did end up giggling. And then, the second time it really hit home was near the end of the main body of the shoot.

“We were in New York and we were on Fifth Avenue, and there were as many paparazzi as there was crew. It was getting a little bit surreal, and we were running down Fifth Avenue, jumping to fly, and there was the Empire State Building in the same eye line, and it was just a moment of magic to think about the men and women who first crafted these comics on the floors of some of those buildings, in that town, and there I was playing on it.”

These details confirm previous reports, production on Doctor Strange 2 is expected to get underway by spring of 2020 to make the 2021 release date. More rumors etc…below.

The Doctor Strange sequel arrives May 7, 2021.


Talk of monsters

“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.”

Nightmare will be the villain

Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill spoke about the plans for the Doctor Strange 2 villain and story.

“Marvel movies work in threes,” Cargill recently said in an interview with MovieWeb when asked for an update on Doctor Strange 2. “They also work outside of their threes. Some of the better Marvel films have more than one villain in them.”

The planned villain for Doctor Strange 2 is Nightmare and not Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s Baron Mordo, who was set up to be Stephen Strange’s next Big Bad at the end of Doctor Strange.

“Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it.”

Cargill says he is also thinking several films in the future when it comes to Baron Mordo.

The reason an Oscar nominee like Ejiofor signed on for Mordo in the first place is because of all the drama the villain offers.

“For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that’s something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie. And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it’s such a fascinating ending. And I do know that whether we’re attached or not, that Marvel plans on working towards that ending and fully realizing Mordo as more than just a cardboard cutout villain, but actually taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness. That’s the goal with him.”

More details are certain to arrive soon as casting is unveiled.

Full schedule:

  • May 1, 2020: Black Widow     Full details, including the introduction of the Taskmaster Read more here
  • Fall, 2020: Falcon and Winter Soldier  Disney Plus series MORE HERE
  • Nov. 6, 2020: The Eternals movie Details, including cast HERE
  • Feb. 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings   Read cast and details
  • Spring, 2021: WandaVision Disney Plus series      Get the low down HERE
  • May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • Spring, 2021: Loki Disney Plus series       Hiddleston will be back, more HERE
  • Summer, 2021: What If…? Disney Plus series     This animated show will have an all-star cast
  • Fall, 2021: Hawkeye Disney Plus series   Clint mentors Kate Bishop
  • Nov. 5, 2021: Thor 4: Love and Thunder  You’ve heard right: LADY THOR!

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