Rumor: Marvel Has Plans for Doctor Strange Sequel After Positive Test Screenings

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 4:14PM
Doctor Strange
Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 4:14PM
Rumor: Marvel Has Plans for Doctor Strange Sequel After Positive Test Screenings
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Marvel is taking some big risks with the mystical, psychedelic, and kind of weird Doctor Strange movie. But the footage looks pretty great so far, and if new intel can be believed, those risks are paying off big time. According to a huge Marvel leak from 4chan, Doctor Strange has been reviewed very positively in early test screenings, so much so that Marvel is already making plans for the sequel.

The anonymous leak, which was shared on Marvel's subreddit, claims that test screenings have yielded a very positive reaction, and that a sequel is already in the earliest stages of development. According to the report, Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both set to return for the sequel, but no other details are known at this point. 

If true, this news goes a long way towards confirming what we already suspected: Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo is more of an antihero than a straight-out villain, who may take several films to turn to the dark side. He's already seemed like an ally in the footage we've seen, and according to the 4chan posting, the studio is being even more careful with Doctor Strange than usual, because they want both Strange and Baron Mordo to become important recurring characters in the MCU. 

4Chan leaks have been accurate at times, but they should also be taken with a huge grain of salt, since the source doesn't identify him or herself or state where this intel comes from. Some of it can probably be taken as true just because it's logical; they claimed that Mads Mikkelsen's Kaecilius is aligned with Dormammu in the first film, setting up Dormammu for a bigger role in the sequels, all of which fans have guessed.

UPDATE - 08/25/16 05:09 pm

Scott Derrickson and James Gunn reacted to these leaks, pretty much exactly how you'd expect: 

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As for the rest of it, we'll have to wait and see, but if it is true, it's pretty exciting. Here are some other highlights from the 4chan posting, just in case it's real:

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-Carol Danvers will be introduced and get her powers in "Avengers: Infinity War" after an encounter with Kree technology during a battle with Thanos.

-Yon-Rogg will be the villain of the Captain Marvel movie.

-The studio is really careful with Captain Marvel, as they want Captain Marvel to become one of their stalwart characters.

-Black Panther is supposed to be an actual political thriller and Marvel's most serious movie by far.

-Tony Stark appears in Black Panther.

-Erik Kilmonger is the main villain of Black Panther. He's a childhood rival of T'Challa and Wakanda's finest warrior. As such, he was supposed to become the Black Panther, who is basically Wakanda's chosen protector but T'Challa took the mantle to avenge his father. He conspires to usurp the throne alongside Ulysses Klaw.

-In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ego [Kurt Russell] is made out to be the main villain at first, but it is actually Ayesha [Elizabeth Debicki], although Ego is also an antagonist.

-Vision is destroyed early in Avengers: Infinity War, and the Mind Stone is taken.

-Loki will be featured in both Infinity War movies as Thanos' advisor, while secretly conspiring against him.

-Scarlet Witch will be pivotal to Thanos's defeat

-Doctor Strange will have a cameo in Thor: Ragnarok.

-Spider-Man: Homecoming centers on Peter Parker struggling to balance his private life and his superhero life. As Peter, he's trying to ask his longtime crush, Liz Allan, for homecoming dance and fitting in with being the new kid in a prestigious school he got in as a scholarship, while as Spider-Man he's handling his first real supervillain, the Vulture.

-Zendaya really is playing Mary-Jane, but that was a late addition from the latest script rewrite. At one point she really was "Michelle", an original character. She's Peter's classmate who has a crush on him, and they end up going to homecoming together. Like him, she's attending school on a scholarship. She'll be the main love interest in the sequels.

-Tony Stark's role in the movie is pretty minor and he doesn't appear as Iron Man. He gives Peter some life advice when it looks like he can't deal with his first supervillain.

-The original Wasp will appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and although numerous actresses have been named like Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julianne Moore and Sela Ward, there's no official shortlist and no offers have been made.

-Iron Man is expected to die in "Avengers 4" due to Robert Downey Jr.'s contract expiring and because it's the most logical resolution to his overarching storyline.

-Thor might die as negotiations with Chris Hemsworth are still ongoing.

-Hawkeye and Black Widow might also die, as negotiations are still ongoing. While it's likely that Scarlett Johansson will renew her contract, Jeremy Renner probably won't.

-Iron Man is considered the lead character of the MCU throughout the first three phases, and from phase 4 onwards, it'll be Cap and Black Widow (if Johansson comes back).

-Bucky was propped up as a potential replacement for Captain America back when it looked like Chris Evans wouldn't come back post-"Infinity War". He's since changed his mind, so Bucky is staying as the Winter Soldier for the time being, and might get a spin-off franchise. One of the ideas being discussed is pairing him with the Black Widow for a new movie, should Scarlett Johansson renew her contract, or maybe with Falcon given the positive reception to their dynamics in "Civil War."

-There's interest in She-Hulk, but it's complicated due to Marvel Studios' arrangement with Universal Pictures over Hulk movies.

-There's interest in introducing Hercules to the movies.
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