Doctor Strange 2 is (pretty much) official, but is still a few years away - now, where's my Time Stone?

Benedict Cumberbatch casting a spell as Stephen Strange in 2016's Doctor Strange

The Sorcerer Supreme is back. Well, not yet. There is, of course, the small matter of what went down in Avengers: Infinity War to be cleared away but, beyond that, Doctor Strange 2 is now a very real thing. Kevin Feige has confirmed as much in a recent interview, but when can we expect Stephen Strange’s sophomore standalone to hit cinemas?

When asked by CinemaBlend about the MCU’s penchant for having superheroes take on supporting roles in other characters’ movies, Feige replied: “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"

Good old Kevin Feige. He’s offering an answer to one question and, all of a sudden, drops a bombshell like that. He loves playing us like a damn fiddle.

Speaking of Infinity War, that means (spoiler alert… I guess?) Benedict Cumberbatch will survive post-Avengers 4 and make his way out of the dust-based predicament he finds himself in towards an eventual release of Doctor Strange 2. The first Doctor Strange has already set up the turn of Mordo and, you’d imagine, that should be a path that’s open to Marvel should they want to go down that road.

That’s all still a long way off, though. Judging by Feige’s reference to a “number of years” after 2016’s Doctor Strange, I think we can expect it by 2020 at the absolute earliest.

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.