Doctor Strange just hit movie theaters in the U.S., but it’s already time to start planning for the next adventures of the Sorcerer Supreme. Although Marvel doesn’t have a Doctor Strange 2 on the schedule for the Marvel Cinematic Universe just yet, there has already been talk about one from director Scott Derrickson. Strange is also expected to pop up in two other MCU films before getting a solo sequel.
WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW
Doctor Strange Will be in Next Year’s ‘Thor: Ragnarok’
Both the mid-credit and end credit scenes set up roles for Strange in the future. In the mid-credits scene, Thor (Chris Hemswoeth) shows up at the Sanctum Santorum to seek help to find his father, Odin. This is a hint that Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, will appear in Thor: Ragnarok. There are also behind-the-scenes photos that confirm parts of the third Thor movie were filmed in New York. Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017.
But wait, there’s more! Doctor Strange does have another scene after the credits, in which Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) attacks Jonathan Pangborn (Benjamin Pratt), as Mordo has left the Ancient One‘s side and is ready to be the villain he is in the comics. In the film, Mordo becomes disillusioned by the Ancient One’s teachings after he learns that she is also drawing on dark power to keep herself alive for eternity.
Strange Is Also Expected to be in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War, which opens on May 4, 2018. He confirmed to Empire Magazine (via Express) that there has been a “logistical challenge of aligning his schedule with those of Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.” Clearly, the only reason for that would be to make sure that they can be in the same movie.
Director Scott Derrickson Wants to Make a Sequel
Derrickson told ScreenCrush that he would be interested in directing Doctor Strange 2 because he had such a wonderful experience making the first one. He explained:
I certainly hope they let me make another Doctor Strange. I would do it in a second. I love this character. It’s been the best filmmaking experience of my career; I work really well with these guys. It was a rewarding collaborative process that I would do again in a second.
In another interview with IGN, Derrickson said he even had an idea for the sequel. He wants to use the Nightmare character that appeared in Strange Tales #110 in the very first Doctor Strange story.
The film does end, as all Marvel movies do, by teasing the return of the character. It doesn’t necessarily mean that Marvel is planning a Doctor Strange 2 immediately, since we’ll be seeing him in other films.
The very next Marvel movie won’t have Doctor Strange though. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.