Doctor Strange sequel finds a familiar director

Whew, the snap didn’t mess everything up. Looks like the MCU will conjure up Doctor Strange sequel as Marvel Studios lands its director — as if there was any doubt.

The delay of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opened up the door for Marvel Studios to fast-track another film in its place. There was a thought that maybe a Doctor Strange sequel could do it. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a writer or director attached to the 2016 blockbuster.

The dreams of a 2020 release date have dwindled, but the development of Doctor Strange took a major step forward. According to THR, director Scott Derrickson will return to direct the sequel.

“Scott Derrickson, who directed and co-wrote the mystical Marvel hero’s initial 2016 outing, has quietly finalized a deal to direct the new installment.”

Derrickson’s first film grossed more than $677 million as he introduced Doctor Strange to mainstream fans. Having him return in the director’s chair is a great get for the MCU.

Among those returning, are Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Wong actor, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams as Christine Plamer. Unfortunately, there’s no word on whether Chiwetel Ejiofor, who played Baron Mordo, will return.

If Ejiofor does return, the Doctor Strange sequel is the perfect time to make Mordo the big bad. Ejiofor is an amazing actor who’d work well as the movies main antagonist. In the pages of Marvel Comics, Mordo tirelessly tires to defeat Strange. He even goes as far as selling his soul to two different reapers.

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Of course, we’ll have to patiently wait to see what story Derrickson conjures for his sequel. There’s no production date set yet for Doctor Strange, but maybe we’ll see him in Avengers: Endgame on Apr. 26, 2019.