Up until 2016, the overwhelming majority of titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were fairly formulaic. They would fit neatly into the action/science-fiction genre and aside from Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, would take themselves relatively seriously as far as superhero movies went.
Then Benedict Cumberbatch arrived with 2016's brilliant Doctor Strange, a feature from Scott Derrickson that managed to intertwine comedy, magic and inter-dimensional psychology for good measure. Now Marvel head Kevin Feige has been pressed on plans for the studio to provide fans with a Doctor Strange 2 sequel, but the wait will have to be for 3 years at least.
Strange Part II Will Be a Phase 4 Production
Speaking with Collider about the raft of properties that are on the cusp of release, Feige would be asked about what is in store for Doctor Strange 2. Clearly not atop the priorities list, it will be headlining the following batch that arrive once the Avengers series has concluded in 2019.
"Certainly, we would love to tell more about the Strange story (in a sequel). Yes," he replied. "It won't be for a while. Our focus is on the next six movies. Finishing the first three phases, getting Untitled Avengers out into the world on May 19th before publicly focusing on anything else."
2018 is a giant year for Feige and Marvel, celebrating a complete decade since the franchise was launched in 2008 via Iron Man. Three specific titles take his fancy.
"Primarily the movies we’re releasing next year are the celebration of the ten years Black Panther, obviously Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Those are the primary focus."
Original Opened a Pandoras Box, So Why Close It?
Those that loved the 2016 edition will rejoice in the knowledge that Derrickson is set to return in the director's chair for Doctor Strange 2. What heightens the anticipation from his perspective is the amount of storylines, characters and intricacies that can be introduced, allowing the doctor to become 100% strange.
"The alternate dimensions and possibilities of the multiverse that we set up with the first film already give limitless possibilities. What I will say is that the goal would not be to underutilize that, or to create something that was less innovative than the first Doctor Strange. The comics, especially the Lee/Ditko comics, were always pushing into unexpectedly weird places and storylines. That has continued on into the current Doctor Strange comics, which are really great. So anything's possible with Doctor Strange, I wouldn't rule anything out."