Marvel Studios’ Phase 3 had a strong beginning earlier this year with Captain America: Civil War and later with Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, which introduced a new character to this already established universe: neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer Stephen Strange.
Doctor Strange was praised by audiences and critics alike, making its way to the list of highest-grossing films of 2016, and leaving fans wanting more of the Sorcerer Supreme, the dark dimension, and all the magic that comes with them. A second standalone movie about Strange has not been confirmed yet but fans are already coming up with theories of what a sequel could include. Derrickson previously teased some ideas for a sequel, and screenwriter Jon Spaihts has now revealed his interest in coming back for a second Strange movie.
In an interview with The Playlist, amidst talking about his recent work in the sci-fi film Passengers, Spaihts was asked about the possibility of a Doctor Strange sequel and if he is involved in those plans. He said:
“I think Marvel would certainly be very receptive. Everything in Hollywood is a function of schedules, so it would be a matter of that thing coming around at a time when I can make some availability and everybody else’s timetables work out. I imagine they would be receptive to collaborating again, and I would certainly be delighted to get back for the workshop.”
Spaihts was later asked about what he would like to see in Strange’s world in upcoming movies, to which he replied that there wouldn’t be “just one answer” but it would be all about magic – different kinds of it. He explained:
“In different comic lines we’ve explored different threads. There’s so many ways to talk about sorcery. I’d want to look at one of those. But it’s really about matchmaking a school of magic with a villain, an antagonist, and there’s a few amazing ones that I’d love to see him meet. That’s what it would be about.”
Strange has come across with a variety of villains throughout his history: from his arch-nemesis Dormammu, to Baron Mordo, to other interesting characters such as Dagoth, a sea-demon also referred to as the Dreaming God, and Nightmare, one of the Fear Lords who is often referred to as a demon prince of the dreamscape – also a villain Derrickson has said to be interested in adapting to the big screen.
Given what we saw in the post-credits scene with Mordo, it’s easy to assume that, if a sequel is to be made, Marvel would continue with him as the new villain; but with a vast catalogue of villains to choose from in a universe with various types of magic, Mordo could wait for a while. What would come as a big surprise, however, is if a sequel is not in Marvel’s plans.