In just under two short weeks, Marvel will expand their Cinematic Universe even more with the highly-anticipated adventure Doctor Strange, which has already been tracking well. According to some box office analysts, the Marvel adventure could earn as much as $75 million in its opening weekend on November 4, but many fans are already wondering what will come next for the Sorcerer Supreme. According to Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange will join a much bigger group of heroes in Avengers: Infinity War. Here's what he had to say during a London press event.
"He's gonna be an Avenger."
Benedict Cumberbatch even teased in a previous interview that the Sorcerer Supreme is being introduced to "open up the next chapter." It's worth noting that filming begins next month on both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled Avengers Sequel, which is slated for a massive nine-month shoot to cover both movies. Marvel hasn't confirmed any cast members for either movie yet, but it certainly makes sense that Doctor Strange would be called upon to help take down the nefarious Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War.
In related news, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson spoke with Den of Geek, where he was asked about plans for a Doctor Strange sequel. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but if Doctor Strange does open big, as projected, and continues to have a strong theatrical run a sequel is surely inevitable. When asked about the possibilities of making a sequel happen, he said the first movie was just the beginning, while alluding to the approach of a much different superhero 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. 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."
Unfortunately, the director would not confirm whether or not he's actually working on the story for Doctor Strange 2, or if the filmmaker plans on bringing back other Doctor Strange stars such as Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt and Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen or Tilda Swinton. Scott Derrickson co-wrote the screenplay with his collaborator C. Robert Cargill along with Jon Spaihts, but it remains unclear if they will all be back to write the sequel. Hopefully we'll learn more about Marvel's future plans for Doctor Strange in the near future.