We're all gearing up for Avengers: Infinity War and, if the trailers are any indication, things may get a bit rough for everyone involved (ICYMI - BMD even started their own "death pool" as a somewhat mean spirited way to try and predict which of our favorite superheroes are gonna bite it in the Russos' royal rumble).
However, there's still a future to plan in the MCU beyond Thanos' icon-crushing invasion. The main question is: who will survive to have their stand-alone sequels?
Well, it may be a safe bet that Stephen Strange - master surgeon and sorcerer - could end up being one of the main leaders of whatever remains of the Avengers following Infinity War. But why hasn't a Doctor Strange 2 been confirmed by Marvel and Disney as of yet? Beyond the obvious "because that'd kinda be a spoiler" reasoning, screenwriter and general awesome goofball C. Robert Cargill said he's still putting together designs for the Doctor's further adventures (including which villain[s] he may battle). In an interview with Movieweb, Cargill says:
"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.”
The most obvious choice for the big bad in Strange 2 would of course be Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), whom the first film sets up as the next movie's main antagonist by the end. Yet Cargill warns that we shouldn't count on him and director/co-screenwriter Scott Derrickson to go such an obvious route (and even namedrops the scary character they want to play with next):
“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.”
Nightmare, huh? That could be pretty cool, and introduce a veritable horror movie villain in the MCU. For those who don't know, Nightmare is like Freddy Krueger crossed with DC's Sandman, the ruler of the otherworldly "Dream Dimension" who terrorizes humans in their sleep.
Though Cargill promises that Mordo will probably return as well, as the writer is fascinated with the character's arc in the comics:
“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.”
Cargill is such a cool guy, and a bona fide nerd, so having him continuing to pen these installments sounds like a swell idea. Now, if we could just get him to wrangle in Derrickson (who seems to be suffering a minor meltdown on Twitter lately), everything would be A-OK on the Doctor Strange front.