We’re in the endgame now.
Scott Derrickson, who directed and co-wrote the master of the mystic arts’ initial 2016 feature, has quietly finalized a deal to direct the new installment, the Hollywood Reporter writes. When asked, Marvel did not respond for comment on the news.
A search for a new writer is underway. The original film was penned by Derrickson and his partner C. Robert Cargill.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the good doctor-turned-master of the mystic arts, as will Benedict Wong, who plays his right-hand man, Wong. Rachel McAdams, who played Stephen Strange’s love interest, is likely to return as well.
Strange was last seen in the $2 billion-grossing Avenger: Infinity War, where he was a victim of Thanos’ decimating snap, which caused half the life in the Universe to die. He line of dialogue to Tony Stark served as the inspiration for the title of the fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame.
Insiders tell us that that the plan is for the script to be worked on through 2019 with an eye toward a spring 2020 production start. If they stick to this schedule, Doctor Strange 2 should hit theatres sometime in 2021.
2016’s Doctor Strange received acclaim from critics and audiences and grossed $677.7 million worldwide.