The latest rumor suggests Marvel's Doctor Strange 2 could begin filming in early 2019, with Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as the Master of the Mystic Arts.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently confirmed a sequel to 2016's Doctor Strange is indeed the cards, and a report surfaced over the weekend pointing to a Phase Four film going in front of the camera next summer in the United Kingdom. Now, however, The Mirror contends that, not only will Cumberbatch receive a substantial raise for his return as the Sorcerer Supreme, but that the sequel is eyeing a six-month shoot that will start next spring.
While that's good news for fans of Doctor Strange, it casts doubt over the next series of the BBC's Sherlock, which a source told The Mirror could be delayed until 2020, "if it happens at all."
Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange earned $677.7 million worldwide, and was praised for its stunning visuals. The film introduced Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, with Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton in supporting roles. Although Strange was absent from Captain America: Civil War, he unofficially joined the Avengers in this year's Avengers: Infinity War, in which he traveled to Titan with Iron-Man and Spider-Man.
With some uncertainty about Marvel's development slate follow the firing of James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Mirror places Doctor Strange 2 as the next film to move into production after Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Doctor Strange is expected to return in Avengers 4. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Evangeline Lilly, and Josh Brolin. The film is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2019.