There have been rumors regarding a direct sequel to “Doctor Strange” and now a new report in UK tabloid The Mirror indicates that the film’s star Benedict Cumberbatch looks set to get a big salary increase should it go forward.
The outlet says Marvel Studios and Cumberbatch are in the middle of renegotiating his contract with the actor to make a little over $9.6 million for the film, more than the $5.4 million combined salary he scored for the first film, his “Thor: Ragnarok” cameo and his supporting role in “Avengers: Infinity War”.
The film is rumored to begin shooting in the spring 2019, meaning it would take the place of the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” which was to shoot early next year. With that likely delayed due to the director switch out, this could be moving forward instead.
There’s also an unnamed Phase 4 film to be shot in June next year, though that’s tipped to be the “Black Widow” film. “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has teased a sequel over the past few months, though Cumberbatch himself has indicated he’s unsure if the film will happen or not.