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REPORT: Scott Derrickson finalizes deal for Doctor Strange sequel; Cumberbatch and Wong set to return

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Dec 11, 2018, 6:10 PM EST

Great news today for fans of the mystical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — we have news about a sequel to Doctor Strange. The sequel has come to bargain... and by that, we mean it's going forward. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director and co-writer of 2016's Doctor StrangeScott Derrickson, has "quietly finalized a deal to direct the new installment." They also report that a search for a screenwriter "is about to get underway." 

Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to return as Stephen Strange, and Benedict Wong is also confirmed to return as Wong. THR says that Rachel McAdams "is likely to return" as Dr. Christine Palmer. There is no word yet on Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo. 

Both Cumberbatch and Wong were seen recently in Avengers: Infinity War. They will both be seen again in Avengers: Endgamedespite some dusty circumstances. Strange is actually partially to thank for the title of the 4th Avengers film, as he utters the "endgame" line during Infinity War.  

THR is reporting that production is being eyed to begin in Spring of 2020, with a possible roll out in May or 2021. Marvel, it should be noted, has yet to confirm the sequel.