‘Doctor Strange’ Sequel is Finally Announced, Director Scott Derrickson to Return

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brian-mcgee - December 12, 2018

Despite making more money at the worldwide box office than both Ant-Man movies, the first two Thor movies, and the first two Iron Man movies, Doctor Strange has curiously been without a sequel announcement for the last two years now. All of that changed last night, however, when Marvel officially announced a sequel to 2016's smash hit.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) will be returning to direct, though there's no word on script writers for this go around. The first film was written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers), whose script got a credited rewrite by Derrickson and his collaborator C. Robert Cargill, as well as an uncredited polish by Dan Harmon, among others.

2019 will be spent hashing out a script with an eye to shoot in early 2020 and release in the summer of 2021. I'm glad they're moving away from releasing right before election day. I ended up having to go back and see the movie again in late November because I couldn't focus on the film the first time I saw it, three days after the 2016 presidential election.

Doctor Strange was last seen being dusted in Avengers: Infinity War and will likely turn up again in April's Avengers: Endgame, but his next solo outing is a good two and a half years away. At the very least, though, we know it's definitely happening.

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