Just recently it was revealed by Benedict Cumberbatch that he hasn’t heard anything about a sequel to Marvel’s Doctor Strange. But now it has been revealed by the co-writer for Doctor Strange that there are plans in place for the sequel including the villain and key story details.
During a Q&A staged at a screening for Doctor Strange in Austin, Texas, the co-writer for the film, C. Robert Cargill, revealed some very interesting details about a possible sequel. While Marvel hasn’t officially announced the sequel it seems Cargill and Scott Derrickson already have plans for the film. The most notable of which is that they plan on including Nightmare as the film’s villain. At the Q&A Cargill stated very definitively that “Nightmare will be the villain”.
For those of you unfamiliar with Doctor Strange’s rogues, Nightmare is often seen as a demon and the ruler of the Dream Dimension. Along with near omnipotence, he has the ability to draw power from the psychic energies from dreaming beings. The villain would definitely bring new conflicts to the MCU it would see Strange facing off against another interdimensional being, after his encounter with Dormammu.
But Cargill didn’t stop there as he also discussed their plans for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo. The writer had this to say about the character during the Q&A,
“Marvel movies work in threes. They also work outside of their threes. Some of the better Marvel films have more than one villain in them. Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it.”
“For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that’s something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie. And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it’s such a fascinating ending. And I do know that whether we’re attached or not, that Marvel plans on working towards that ending and fully realizing Mordo as more than just a cardboard cutout villain, but actually taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness. That’s the goal with him.”
This should come as great news for fans of the character as it seems he will have a larger role moving forward. Rather than making him just another throwaway villain he will actually begin to grow as a character similar to Loki, as noted by Cargill. As for this “definitive ending,” we will have to wait and see what will become of Mordo in the future.
But this should be noted that Marvel has not made any plans yet as they have not officially announced their next slate of films. However, given Cargill and Derrickson’s interest in the sequel, it seems there is no doubt we will see Doctor Strange 2 in the near future.
Doctor Strange had the interesting job of introducing a whole new world of stories into the MCU with magic. So now we will just have to wait and see what more this world has to offer us and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.