When it comes to Marvel’s upcoming slate of releases, a sequel to 2016’s Doctor Strange hasn’t officially been greenlit, but it’s a safe bet that it will be eventually. Assuming Marvel Studios puts Doctor Strange 2 into production and brings back the first film’s creative team, it looks like there’s already a plan for who the sequel’s main villain will be.
C. Robert Cargill, who co-wrote the original movie alongside director Scott Derrickson, recently spoke at a Q&A following a screening event in Austin, Texas, confirming that if there’s a Doctor Strange 2, “Nightmare will be the villain.”
“Me and Scott have not laid the groundwork for it but what I can say is that 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.”
In the comics, Nightmare is the evil ruler of the Dream Dimension and a primary antagonist for both Doctor Strange and Ghost Rider. It looks like the plan is for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Mordo to be a villain alongside Nightmare — which makes sense given the character’s dark turn at the end of the first movie — but Cargill does hint that he may not be beyond redemption:
“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. And part of the reason Chiwetel wanted to play Mordo was because he has a definitive ending as a character and it’s such a fascinating ending. And I do know that whether we’re attached or not, that Marvel plans on working towards that ending and fully realizing Mordo as more than just a cardboard cutout villain, but actually taking him to kind of Loki levels of awesomeness. That’s the goal with him.”
If Doctor Strange 2 happens — and we’re 99% sure at this point that it will — it sounds like the Sorcerer Supreme is going to have his hands full!
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