While the Doctor Strange sequel has yet to be slotted into one of Marvel Studios’ post-2020 release dates, it is in development. And as C. Robert Cargill, co-writer of the first film, recently explained, a villain has been chosen.
According to Movieweb, Cargill spoke at a Q&A following a screening of the film and offered a few nuggets of interest. One: it appears Nightmare will take the lead villain position in the film. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, was the first of Strange’s antagonists. As ruler of the Dream Dimension, Nightmare requires the dreams of human beings to function; though he takes plenty of delight in tormenting those who enter his domain.
Cargill also let slip that Nightmare’s plot will feed into the ongoing story with Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor). “I have a feeling that whatever Nightmare is involved with, Baron Mordo, being somebody who considers himself the defender of natural law will have something to do with it,” he explained, adding, “For those of you who have ever read the comics, you know that Baron Mordo has a very particular arc, and that’s something we discussed with Chiwetel while working on the first movie.” Additionally, Mordo’s arc was a big reason Ejiofor signed on to play the part in the first film and Marvel Studios is committed to “taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness.”
Which would be a great thing as Ejiofor is a great actor worthy of a great place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Of course, it remains to be seen what the MCU will look like after Avengers: Infinity War. Will Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) have to rebuild his powers after the Time Stone is presumably sent far away into an unknown region of the galaxy? And, more importantly, will a very basic tenant of the universe change; allowing for Nightmare to make his presence known?