Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that there are plans to do a direct “Doctor Strange” sequel. Speaking with Cinema Blend as part of press rounds for “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Feige hinted that another standalone adventure for the Sorcerer Supreme is coming.
He says: “[Doctor] Strange, you know, whenever we do another Strange one, which we will do, it will be a number of years from the first Strange, and yet he’s a very big part of Infinity War.” Benedict Cumberbatch has played the role in three films to date – “Doctor Strange,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Infinity War” and will reprise it in the fourth “Avengers” next year.
As part of the same interview, Feige also spoke about the release strategy for Marvel Studios moving forward and how they handle the sequel/original film ratio:
“It’s one of the reasons we’ve expanded to three films a year, is so that we could do the sequels to films that people have responded to – because we love to make continuing stories with characters people have responded to – but also keep doing the stuff that nobody’s ever heard of, and people go, ‘Why are you doing that?’ That’s fun. And that’s what Phase One was built on, Phase Two was built on, Phase Three was built on, is having that…
Whenever we announce the next year, two years, three years, five years, whatever we’re going to announce, there will be plenty of those that, maybe people in the know like yourself will know what they are, but the world at large will go, ‘What is it? Why are they doing that?’ That’s exciting, for sure.”
The comments come as “Ant-Man and the Wasp” opens next week and has, so far, garnered reviews slightly better than the first one with an 89% and 6.9/10 on Rotten Tomatoes.