Although a sequel to “Doctor Strange” has yet to be officially announced by Marvel Studios, it appears that director Scott Derrickson is all but confirmed to return to direct a second installment. The news was revealed by Deadline in their original write-up regarding Derrickson directing the “Locke and Key” pilot for Hulu.
According to the outlet, Derrickson is expected to remain on board as director should “Locke and Key” go to series on Hulu, however, he is expected to jump right into “Doctor Strange 2.”
This news isn’t surprising, of course — however, it is the closest we’ve had to real news regarding a sequel to “Doctor Strange.” The first film pulled in $232.6 million domestically and $677.6 million worldwide. The film was the 13th highest grossing film of 2016 and the 9th-best-performing film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The first film told the origin story of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, while also setting up the character’s appearance in “Thor: Ragnarok” through the end-credit scene that saw the Doctor meet with Chris Hemsworth’s Thor regarding Loki. Along with “Ragnarok,” Cumberbatch’s Doctor is set to return for “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Available on Digital HD and Blu-ray, “Doctor Strange” stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton.