Sorry, Multiverse fans, but there are no current plans in place to take a deeper dive into the world of magic with a Doctor Strange sequel. While talking to Entertainment Weekly, the good doctor himself, Benedict Cumberbatch, revealed that he has no clue if Marvel Studios is working on a follow-up to the the first movie, which brought in $677 million at the worldwide box office.
This, coupled with some truly mind-bending special effects and the hilarious "Dormammu, I've come to bargain" scenes were enough to justify another magical installment with Scott Derrickson back in the director's chair.
"The masterplan is continually in flux, so it would be out of order for me to speculate," said Cumberbatch when asked if he knew when (and if) Doctor Strange 2 would start filming. So, he doesn't say it's definitely not happening, but that there are no plans at the moment and that he just doesn't know.
That's understandable with a lot of the studio's focus being placed on Avengers: Infinity War (out April 27) right now, where Strange will play a very big part. The epic crossover movie will certainly alter the landscape of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, meaning we'll just have to wait and see what happens to Stephen Strange. With those needles in his face in the latest trailer, things aren't looking too good for him.
If Strange doesn't end up dying in Infinity War, the elements for a sequel will fall right into place. The first film was clearly setting up Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) as the next villain in one of the post-credit scenes, which means the bad guy is already developed, set up, and raring to go. Moreover, Strange's short appearance in Thor: Ragnarok was one of the best highlights of the movie, showing us that he's comfortably settled into his role as New York's Sorcerer Supreme and not above some great practical jokes.
Since the origin story is now out of the way, Derrickson can throw us right into the action in a sequel by having all-out fun with the magic/occult aspects of the character. One thing the filmmakers must absolutely utilize is "Strange Magic" by Electric Light Orchestra or we've failed as a species.