‘Doctor Strange’ Director All Set For A Sequel: Nightmares And More Magic

Doctor Strange has yet to finish its premiere, but director Scott Derrickson is already ready with an idea for a possible sequel–and it already sounds epic.

Doctor Strange has been around a really long time, known only before to the real comic book enthusiasts. Doctor Strange first appeared way back in 1963 in Steve Ditko’s Strange Tales #110 and has developed quite a character and strong from there on after. In the later Marvel comics featuring the now very famous Avengers, Doctor Strange becomes associated with the Avengers and even starts to fight alongside them. This has led many to believe that the introduction of the character of Doctor Strange is strongly connected to the whole Marvel multiverse being built up by Marvel Studios.

It looks like Marvel Studios is successful, though, in introducing Doctor Strange to the Marvel fandom. Doctor Strange has just launched in several theaters all over the world last October 25, but the impact Doctor Strange already has is quite astounding. With the very talented Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, it’s definitely hard to say no to this new brand of superhero.

The US, itself, has yet to bear witness to the entirety of Doctor Strange, which only hits US theaters on November 4, so we have yet to pull up official blockbuster numbers. But even though several countries around the world has yet to see the full movie, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is already ready with an idea for a Doctor Strange sequel that will not only go so well with the overall psychedelic and other-worldly theme of the story, but even elevate it.

IGN sits down with Derrickson, and he reveals that if a Doctor Strange sequel were to happen, the Nightmare Realm is the first on his to-do list.

I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension. […] That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.

Doctor Strange is not new to multiverses, and the existence of a myriad of realms apart from our own and the Nightmare Realm is actually the first realm to appear alongside the debut of Doctor Strange in 1963, according to Daily Dot. Similar to the concept of Dream in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman franchise, Nightmare is the ruler–albeit a little heavy handed–of the Dream Dimension, a dimension where humans gravitate to when they sleep. Nightmare comes with a black, horned horse named Dreamstalker.

Nightmare and his dark but infinitely exciting realm is sure to attract a number of fans to Doctor Strange‘s world. Since Nightmare first debuted alongside Doctor Strange in 1963, do you wonder why it’s Dormammu, and not Nightmare, who was featured in the first Doctor Strange movie? Derrickson reveals:

“We decided not to do that because that’s a bit of a complex idea to try to introduce everything we do introduce and introduce the idea of nightmares themselves as being a dimension. I hope somewhere down the line we do get to explore that because I think that’s super cool concept.”

Doctor Strange has yet to confirm a sequel movie since it’s highly likely that the introduction of his character was timed to prelude his appearance in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.Express UK has confirmed back in September that Doctor Strange actor Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed that it’s been a pain trying to synch his schedule with Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Olsen, and Paul Bethany. But at already $86 million from the opening weekend in theaters overseas, Variety reports, it looks like Doctor Strange is headed straight to blockbuster success and we’re already looking forward to his adventures in the other realms.

Doctor Strange hits US theaters November 4. Check out IMDB for the full list of Doctor Strange‘s premiere dates.

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