The actor isn't sure when official production starts for the sequel to his 2016 superhero movie.
Doctor Strange ends with a temporary triumph of the Sorcerer Supreme over otherworldly threats, but a serious war is brewing inside the magical community itself when Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is set up as the next villain. However, Benedict Cumberbatch can't give any update on the sequel when asked by EW:
Not at the moment, no. The masterplan is continually in flux, so it would be out of order for me to speculate.
The key word is "continually in flux," indicating a flexible plan by the Marvel Studios executives. The MCU film slate sees a lot of possible changes, considering the flow of Marvel Comics properties from 20th Century Fox as well as female-centric movies that the MCU is lacking. So this isn't a shock at all, and Doctor Strange 2 should start filming next year with a 2020 or 2021 release in MCU's Phase 4.
When asked of his character's part in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, Cumberbatch tactfully revealed a few bits about it:
He’s pretty actively involved, he’s got quite an important Infinity Stone that’s in his vicinity, and that draws him into the action, as well as a couple of other characters’ plights — and stuff happens. [Laughs] That’s about it! That’s about all I think I can say.
For now, the Sorcerer Supreme is set to appear in the two Avengers films against Thanos. In this peril, he will build his relationship with other superheroes, preparing for possible replacement as a core Avengers member in Phase 4.
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