Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige finally announced the slate for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the San Diego Comic-Con 2019 panel over the weekend (july 20), one of the films presented was Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS with Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. Scott Derrickson returns as director. In theaters May 7, 2021. pic.twitter.com/HtF68htiB1
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Set for release on May 7, 2021, the sequel could be Marvel's first scary movie, which makes a lot of sense considering director Scott Derrickson will return to direct the film.
With movies like Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister under his belt, the filmmaker is no stranger to the genre, making him the best and perfect candidate to lead the sequel down a horror route.
In addition to Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as Doctor Strange Feige also confirmed that he will be joined by Elizabeth Olsen, who will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, which could mean that the film may be connected with Disney+ series WandaVision.
We can also expect Benedict Wong to return as Wong and battle with the mystic forces of the multiverse alongside Doctor Strange and Wanda.
The MCU kept their mouths silent as for who the villain might be, but a few fan theories suggest that the strongest candidate would be the villain, 'Nightmare'. You could describe Nightmare as the Freddy Krueger of the Marvel Universe. He is able to pull the astral form of people from their sleep and drag them into a parallel Dream Dimension where he can torment for his own pleasure.
The Supervillain was one of the first to have fought with the master of mystic arts and is still to this day one of the most iconic antagonists of the Doctor Strange comic series.
IGN in 2016 asked what Derrickson would like to explore in a Doctor Strange sequel: "I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension," Derickson told IGN.
Of course, nothing is set in stone just yet, but what we can say is that the title alone is enough to get us stoked about the possibilities for the sequel.
For more on the MCU's upcoming plans check out the full slate of MCU's phase 4 line-up, James Gunn's details regarding Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Marvels Plans for Phase 5, X-Men in the MCU, Natalie Portman as female Thor and Marvel's The Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder's confirmed LGBTQ character.