Although much of the talk regarding the MCU right now is rightly focused on Avengers: Endgame, Marvel bosses still have to look past the 2019 blockbuster to end all blockbusters and put projects in development to continue the series. We know that Peter Parker will be very much alive in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and there’s now news that Marvel is developing a sequel to Doctor Strange.
Benedict Cumberbatch is in line to return as the titular master of the mystical arts, and Scott Derrickson has signed on to return to the director’s chair and helm the follow-up. Marvel is reportedly planning a spring 2020 production date, which would likely set the sequel up for a mid-2021 release.
The character was last seen in Avengers: Infinity War, blowing away in the wind along with half the life in the universe. But Avengers directors the Russo brothers reportedly have big plans for Doctor Strange in Endgame, and thus this sequel to his standalone movie being put into development makes sense.
The first Doctor Strange stuck pretty closely to the typical MCU formula despite the character being one of the weirdest Marvel heroes out there. This is more of a problem with the homogenous nature of the franchise itself, but it would be nice to see the sequel truly look to do something different and latch onto that titular strangeness that made the character popular in the first place.
Still, who knows what the MCU will look like come 2021? With Captain Marvel and then Avengers: Endgame both arriving in the early parts of 2019, the whole landscape of the MCU universe could soon look very different.