Marvel's Doctor Strange 2 Will Reportedly Start Production Soon
Strange things are afoot.
While we've known for some time that there are three Marvel movies heading our way in 2019--Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far From Home--it has been less certain what was to follow. This changed last week when Ryan Coogler confirmed that he was returning to write and direct Black Panther 2, and now it looks like Doctor Strange sequel is on the way too.
The news comes via the Canadian pop-culture site Pop Goes The World, reporting from Fan Expo in Vancouver. In attendance was Benedict Wong, who played Wong in both the first Doctor Strange and Avengers: Infinity War. Wong stated that he hoped to start shooting Doctor Strange 2 "at the end of the year." Check the tweet out below:
Benedict Wong is coy in his fate after #AvengersInfinityWars but said he did film stuff for the sequel. And he hopes to start filming #doctorStrange 2 at the end of the year. #FXV18 @FANEXPOVAN pic.twitter.com/am4AZE6c8P— Pop Goes The World? (@Popgoestheworld) October 13, 2018
While Marvel are yet to confirm Doctor Strange 2, this isn't the first hint that it might start production soon. In August, director Scott Derrickson, who helmed the first movie, posted a cryptic message on Instagram. It was an image of Stephen Strange from Marvel's comic books, with the caption: "See you in September." It wasn't clear to what that referred--and obviously September has been and gone--but Derrickson later followed with another comment, assuring fans that "I don't tease." In addition, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has stated that a Doctor Strange sequel will happen.
If Doctor Strange 2 does start production soon, then we can expect it be released in 2020. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was originally set to start shooting early next year, ahead of a 2020 release, but that movie is now reportedly on hold indefinitely, following the controversial firing of James Gunn back in July. If Vol.3 doesn't happen, then Marvel will need to start production on other 2020 movies soon, Black Panther 2 presumably being one.
In related news, Avengers 4 directors Joe and Anthony Russo have confirmed that they have now finished production on the movie. They marked the end of shooting with a myserious image on Instagram, showing some kind of weird blue light. The still-untitled film hits theaters on May 3, 2019.