Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Stephen Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, says that he is not sure when Doctor Strange 2 will begin production.
Coming out in October 2016, Doctor Strange told the story of a physician who, having lost the dexterity to perform surgery after an accident, instead travels to Tibet and learns magic, becoming the world’s new Sorcerer Supreme. Since then he has appeared in last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, with plans for him to join the MCU’s many other heroes in Avengers: Infinity War next month.
His solo film was successful, though, so a sequel is surely in the works. Still, when asked about it, Cumberbatch plead ignorance of the timetable.
“Not at the moment, no. The masterplan is continually in flux, so it would be out of order for me to speculate.”
This is an interesting comment, because to most observers, the MCU is decidedly not in flux—the franchise is known to be carefully controlled from the top down, with plans made out years in advance. There have been occasional alterations—Spider-Man: Homecoming pushed back some other Phase 3 films, for example—but even that was a sort of “Plan A” replacing “Plan B.” It is certainly more organized than its chief rival, the DC Extended Universe, which has a new rumored slate every week or two.
Of course, it may be that for those working at the company, things do seem to always be in flux—they’re there as the decisions are being made, while the public only hears about them once they have been pretty firmly decided.
In any event, the MCU may well be in for an upset soon—last December’s Fox deal gave Disney the rights to many other Marvel properties, such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Perhaps they will be hanging out with Doctor Strange soon.