The subject of a ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel has been talked about ever since the first landed and even the death of Strange at the finger snapping hands of Thanos can keep the good doctor down. It has been confirmed there will be a follow-up and Scott Derrickson has signed on to return to the helm. There is no word yet that his writing partner C. Robert Cargill will be back to co-write the script.

Benedict Cumberbatch will return as Stephen Strange, the good doctor-turned-master of the mystic arts, as will Benedict Wong, who plays his right-hand man, Wong. Rachael McAdams, who played Stephen Strange’s love interest, is thought to be returning as well.

Derrickson also wrote the first, but it’s looking like he might not put pen to paper for the sequel as word is Marvel are currently searching for a new scribe.

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The fourteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was released in 2016 and directed by Derrickson, who also co-wrote it with Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill. As well as Cumberbatch, Wong and McAdams the film starred Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo,  Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West, Benjamin Bratt as Jonathan Pangborn, Scott Adkins as Lucian, Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient one. In ‘Doctor Strange’, surgeon Stephen Strange learns the mystic arts after a career-ending car accident.

The film grossed over $677 million worldwide, and was met with praise for its visuals and cast, but also received criticism for the title character’s origin story.

Filming on the sequel isn’t due to commence until Summer 2020 with an expected released in 2021 making that a five year wait for this sequel.