We knew "Doctor Strange 2" was still in the works, but we didn't think it would move this fast.
Maybe it isn't. All we have to go on right now is an Instagram post and Marvel Cinematic Universe speculation.
The Instagram post comes from the director of the first "Doctor Strange" film, it includes a Doctor Strange comic image, and mentions "See you in September."
It could be that MCU fans are now way off the mark, and he was just using a DS image for something else -- to say he's taking a break on social media until September, or whatnot.
Put together with more info from Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, you don't need to analyze 14 million different outcomes to think we'll be seeing and hearing more on Benedict Cumberbatch's sequel in September -- despite the situation Stephen Strange was left in at the end of "Avengers: Infinity War." Whatever. Spider-Man has a sequel filming now too.
Question: Is "Doctor Strange 2" being moved up on the filming schedule because of the whole James Gunn thing, or was whatever is happening in September always going to happen in September?
Because Kevin Feige had told Collider in June that James Gunn had delivered a script draft for "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" and "we begin official pre-production on that very, very soon. It’ll be shooting early next year."
But now that James Gunn has been fired ... could "Doctor Strange 2" be sliding into the pre-production schedule?
Scott Derrickson directed "Doctor Strange," and he had just reposted the "Guardians" cast's open letter of support for James Gunn. Shortly after that, he posted a photo of Strange appearing to kneel in prayer, adding this quote: "'Not my will, but thine be done...' See you in September."
So is that a hint to pre-production starting in September for the "Doctor Strange" sequel? "Not my will, but thine" -- Marvel/Disney's will that it replace "Guardians 3" until this whole thing is resolved and we know what's happening there? Total speculation on all fronts.
Not even two months ago, Kevin Feige talked about doing another "Doctor Strange" movie during a chat with CinemaBlend on how he balances which characters get sequels and when:
"Sometimes it's where do those characters pop up? [Doctor] Strange, you know, whenever we do another Strange one, which we will do, it will be a number of years from the first Strange, and yet he's a very big part of [Avengers:] Infinity War. So it is just a good problem to have when you have too many beloved characters that people want to see more of, whilst keeping to our core belief that we need to keep exploring nuance and keep doing different types of things."
At this point, Marvel hasn't officially given anything a release date beyond "Spider-Man: Far From Home" on July 5, 2019. But "Guardians 2" was penciled in for 2020, and expected to take the May 2020 release date.
Now everything is up in the air, but you can bet Marvel is not going to let the crews go without work because of the whole Disney mess, so someone is probably moving up the line while they figuring out what to do about "Guardians 3."
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