While it may seem like a formality, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is in final talks to return for the film’s sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Doctor Strange, released in 2016, ended with a strong sequel tease in which Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) hunted down magic users to bolster his power. Presumably, the sequel will pick up the thread as Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) comes to grips with the reality that his former ally has turned into his bitterest rival. Oh, also, it pretty much confirms Strange will return after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
THR also reports the search for a screenwriter will begin shortly as Marvel Studios wants a year to complete the script before a 2020 production start. The finished film will presumably take Marvel’s May 2020 release slot.
Of course, nothing is finalized yet, but as Derrickson’s negotiations are said to be nearing the final stages, expect a more formal announcement soon. Similarly, expect Marvel’s Phase 4 film calendar to firm up in the weeks and months ahead.