Doctor Strange 2 looks to be bringing back the original team that helped make the first movie a success. We learned last month that director Scott Derrickson has closed a deal to come back for the sequel. His involvement had largely been expected and, though Marvel Studios hasn't officially announced anything, he's locked in. But the question has been, who is going to pen the screenplay? Again, Marvel has yet to confirm this, but it's reportedly going to be C. Robert Cargill, who helped pen the original.
According to a new report, C. Robert Cargill is set to pen a draft of Doctor Strange 2. Marvel Studios will review this draft before finalizing the deal, but this is a move that seems to make a great deal of sense. Not only did Cargill pen the original, but he was also the writer who was on set during production and he has an excellent working relationship, and personal friendship, with Scott Derrickson. The two regularly share their love for one another on social media. As such, it seemed difficult to imagine that Derrickson wouldn't want Cargill back for the sequel.
The two initially worked together on the 2012 horror hit Sinister, which led to C. Robert Cargill eventually boarding Doctor Strange. In the years since the first solo movie centered on the Sorcerer Supreme arrived, Cargill released his acclaimed novel Sea of Rust, but he hasn't been attached to any movie projects. At least not anything that was formally announced. When reports first surfaced that Scott Derrickson had closed his deal for the sequel, no writer had been announced and it was stated that the studio was looking for a writer. However it came to be, they apparently circled back to Cargill.
Since the release of the first movie, Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange has gone on to become an absolutely huge part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only has he asserted himself as a powerful force, but he appeared in both Thor: Ragnarok and, more importantly, last year's Avengers: Infinity War quite prominently. That has helped to boost the character's profile and, as such, it seems highly likely that his solo sequel will be in a position to outperform its predecessor. Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo) and Benedict Wong (Wong) are all expected to return.
There are no plot details available currently. However, during a Q&A last year, C. Robert Cargill revealed that they hoped to use Nightmare as a villain in the sequel, alongside Mordo, who was set up as a villain during the post-credit scene in the first movie. Doctor Strange 2 does not yet have a release date set, but it's expected that production will kick off in spring of next year, with Marvel said to be eyeing a summer 2021 release date. We'll be sure to keep you posted as more details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by That Hashtag Show.