‘Doctor Strange’ Is Now the MCU Film that Has Taken the Longest to Get a Sequel

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Doctor Strange hit theaters in 2016, the movie was the primary to explicitly convey the mystic arts into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Released early on in Phase 3, some criticized director Scott Derrickson’s movie — which launched the titular sorcerer (Benedict Cumberbatch) — as a magical Iron Man. But Strange’s introduction has already had a lot higher implications.

Bringing mysticism into the MCU has already proved to be a game-changer. Doctor Strange’s encounters with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Infinity War finally formed how Earth’s Mightiest Heroes defeated Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Yet, Strange is simply getting began.

Benedict Cumberbatch at a 'Doctor Strange' fan screening
Benedict Cumberbatch at a ‘Doctor Strange’ fan screening | Jeff Spicer/Getty Images for Disney

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is meticulously laid out

As most followers know, the MCU is deliberate out a few years prematurely. Seeds are sometimes planted in a single movie lengthy earlier than they’ve the possibility to make a big impression afterward. Over the years, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and his artistic staff have discovered a greater stability between giving filmmakers freedom and adhering to the bigger story at hand.

But make no mistake, each MCU launch feeds proper into the following. Characters, locations, and story beats unfold in a really strategic approach. Take the primary 23 movies within the MCU, for example. Collectively recognized now as “the Infinity Saga,” each single one is indirectly indispensable by the point Avengers: Endgame comes round.

And given Marvel’s astronomical success for the reason that MCU began in 2008, that’s unlikely to alter anytime quickly. The introduced Phase four slate won’t make its macro story readily obvious. Yet, neither did Phase 1. After all, audiences solely first meet Thanos within the mid-credits scene of The Avengers, the final movie within the Phase 1 line-up.

Phase four is getting a later begin as a result of coronavirus pandemic

As excited as followers are to see what Phase four has in retailer, real-life considerations naturally come first. So, as a result of coronavirus pandemic, Black Widow has been pushed from May 2020 to November 2020. This change is, after all, mandatory, contemplating the nationwide shutdown of most film theaters. But it additionally leaves followers with the longest break in MCU historical past since Iron Man 2.

In addition to coronavirus, the rationale behind this makes a specific amount of sense. After all, Avengers: Endgame elevated the stakes actually to common ranges. And audiences want a while to readjust to the collection’ new regular. Even Spider-Man: Far from Home — the one post-Endgame MCU movie launched to this point — offers closely with the aftermath of that movie.

Doctor Strange simply so occurs to be in a very tough place. The movie — which can see Spider-Man‘s Sam Raimi direct — falls squarely in the middle of the Phase 4 slate. In most cases, this wouldn’t change a lot, however given the unprecedented circumstances affecting Hollywood now, Doctor Strange is on the middle of an unlucky MCU report.

The ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel comes 5 years after the primary movie

Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness arrives in theaters on Nov. 5, 2021. When it does, it’ll mark nearly precisely 5 years since its predecessor’s launch. Normally, Marvel Studios solely takes two or three years between sequels. So with the Doctor Strange sequel almost doubling that, followers is perhaps questioning what the hold-up has been.

In half, that is brought on by the formidable 11-film Phase Three slate. Beyond that, the delay on Doctor Strange inside Phase four is probably going resulting from its impact on what comes subsequent. Feige has confirmed the sequel will formally usher within the idea of multiverses to the MCU. Doctor Strange within the Multiverse of Madness can even join on to Disney+ reveals WandaVision and Loki.

So, very similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Infinity War modified issues halfway by means of Phases 2 and three, the Doctor Strange sequel will irrevocably alter the MCU panorama. If Phase four will set the stakes and introduce the foremost gamers for the following Thanos-level menace, anticipate Doctor Strange 2 to drastically impression the way it all performs out.

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