That’s right, the first film hasn’t even hit theaters, and we’re already talking a sequel. But in the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, sequels are almost inevitable. With the exception of The Incredible Hulk, every Marvel film franchise has either had a sequel hit theaters, or is scheduled to have one fit at some point down the line. So long as Doctor Strange doesn’t completely bomb at the box office for some odd reason — and it shouldn’t, based on the overwhelmingly positive response it’s had with critics thus far — we’re going to get a sequel.
So what can we expect from the sequel of this film?
Speaking with Den of Geek, director Scott Derrickson discussed how open the possibilities were for a potential sequel.
"I love the character, I love the visual possibilities, and I know the comics so well - [the first movie is] the tip of an iceberg. There's so much progress that can be made."
Interestingly enough, in further comments, Derrickson also inadvertently touched on the big Marvel Studios weakness: villains. I love me some Marvel films, but for the life of me, it’s nearly impossible to give any sort of damn about the villains that populate this universe. More often than not, they’re one-note villains (i.e., Ronan the Accuse, and Malekith the Accursed), and even when they’re rather sympathetic, their personalities are still dry and quite boring (i.e., Baron Zemo, Alexander Pierce). Try as they might — and I’m not convinced the studio has really tried — they can’t seem to touch the iconicism of some of the villains across the aisle over at DC.
So what did Derrickson have to say that conjured up such thoughts? Well, he doesn't pull any punches, and references one of the best villains in comic book cinema history.
"What made The Dark Knight so great was that the origin story of Batman had been well-told, and then it was time to bring in a villain where you really got to go deep. And not just the Joker, also Two-Face. It was a more visceral experience, I'd love to be able to do that for Doctor Strange."
Is Derrickson hinting at a more villain-focused Doctor Strange 2? That certainly seems to be the case. While I haven’t seen the film myself, I’ve heard inklings that it could potentially lay the foundation for potential future villains, and if that’s the case, it’ll be a rare case in a Marvel Studios film where someone evolves into a potential threat, giving us more time to actually care about the character outside of the film in which they play the antagonist.
Now before we get too excited, we have to remember that at the end of the day, Derrickson is working at Marvel’s behest. As such, it’s very possible that they’ve kept the films hero-focused for a reason. Should they not feel like Derrickson’s vision aligns with theirs, they can kick him off without any further questions asked. That being said, 14 films into it, I can see them potentially giving Derrickson to go-ahead to change the format up a bit, which is all kinds of exciting.
And for those worried that Benedict Cumberbatch may not be up for a sequel, the actor stated that there was more than one Strange film in his contract.
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SOURCE: Den of Geek