C. Robert Cargill, screenwriter for Doctor Strange with Scott Derrickson, recently spoke at a Q&A in Austin, Texas after a screening of Doctor Strange and revealed some ideas about who the villain would be in a potential Doctor Strange 2.
Cargill reveals quite bluntly, “Nightmare will be the villain.” Apparently, Nightmare is at the top of the list in terms of the villains Cargill and Derrickson want to introduce in the sequel. For a bit of Marvel Comics history, Nightmare is the demon ruler of the Dream Dimension, first introduced in Strange Tales #110 back in 1963, who has the power to draw from the psychic energies of the subconscious minds of dreaming beings. I am just going to call him Freddy Krueger and move on.
As for where Chiwetel Ejiofor‘s Mordo, who betrayed Strange at the end of the 2016 film, will factor into the sequel, Cargill said:
“Marvel movies work in threes. They also work outside of their threes. Some of the better Marvel films have more than one villain in them. 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.”
“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.”
I am totally game for more villains to rise to the levels of Loki awesomeness. However, it is worth noting that both Cargill and Derrickson are not confirmed to be returning for the sequel, but c’mon, why let go of a good thing when you got it (*cough* Edgar Wright *cough*). Doctor Strange 2 also does not have a release date, but I can see it sliding comfortably into one of the 2020 slots Marvel Studios has picked out. That will give it a nice 4 year buffer zone from the first film.
Finally, Cargill hopes you like getting weird, because he plans to up that factor for the sequel, revealing, “That’s the thing. If we do another film it’s going to be weirder than this one. That’s the only way we’ll do another one is if we get to get weird.”
Doctor Strange can be see next in Avengers: Infinity War hitting theaters April 27, 2018.