After taking some time off Twitter, calling the social media site “hell,” Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson posted a coy and cryptic tweet on the site, seeming to suggest that a sequel for the Marvel film is in the works. Maybe.
Derrickson posted a comic panel on Twitter of Doctor Strange bombastically declaring: “YES!” Followed by: “I CHOOSE THE GOOD!!” as a burst of cosmic energy explodes from his unseen face. Underneath the panel, the filmmaker writes, “...until I don’t”.
The panel comes from What If? #18 from waaaaay back in 1977. The story: “What if Doctor Strange Were a Disciple of Dormammu?" (you know, the big cosmic villain from the movie). In the scene, Dormammu takes on Eternity, and Stephen must choose a side.
Now, could this mean that production on the sequel to the 2016 movie is underway? Or could this be hinting at a plot-point that the filmmaker is considering for Doctor Strange 2? Or is Derrickson simply trolling his fans?
SYFY WIRE reached out to Derrickson’s agent and manager to get some answers, but to no avail (we’ll let you know if we end up hearing back from either of them).
Remember: we’ve received no concrete news about another new standalone Doctor Strange movie. Plus, Derrickson is currently attached to several other projects, including the Snowpiercer pilot, sci-fi/thriller When Gravity Fails, and horror/thriller Two Eyes Staring.
This isn’t the first time the director has posted cryptically on social media. In July, Derrickson posted a Doctor Strange comic book panel to his Instagram page along with a quote from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 22, verse 42 (“’Not my will, but thine be done...’ See you in September.”).
Derrickson left Twitter in the wake of the firing of his fellow Marvel Studios director James Gunn, then returned earlier this month.
So, gang. What do you think this means? Can we expect to receive more concrete news about a sequel being in production soon? Or do you think these metaphorical breadcrumbs Derrickson is leaving us is leading into a metaphorical cul-de-sac? Let us know in the comments below.
Regardless, we’re expecting (hoping?) to next see Doctor Strange in Avengers 4, which is set to assemble into theatres on May 3, 2019.