Will There Be A Doctor Strange 3?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) boldly delved into its multiple worlds in the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel may have been hinting about the multiverse since the first Doctor Strange movie, but it is only during MCU’s Phase 4 that they started to build storylines around it. And while Spider-Man: No Way Home (another Phase 4 film) did acknowledge the existence of multiple Spider-Mans, the Doctor Strange sequel took place across the multiverse itself.


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The ending of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also has some major implications for the future of the MCU itself. And as Marvel prepares to release various other upcoming movies and series, one can’t help but wonder about the future of Doctor Strange movies. Marvel has been rather quick to confirm future installments (Black Panther 2 and Shang-Chi 2) in the past. In this case, however, it looks like fans would have to keep guessing a little while longer.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Changed The MCU’s Trajectory

The latest Doctor Strange movie takes fans on a wild ride across the multiverse. There is just so much to unpack here as fans finally learn which universe (Earth-616) the original characters belong to and what other universes are like. More importantly, however, the events that took place here may have also just changed the future of the MCU for good.

In the movie, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Wong (Benedict Wong) first learn of the multiverse after they encounter America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez). Not long after, Stephen also comes to the realization that Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) has been attempting to kill America to be able to absorb her powers, allowing her to travel through the multiverse to be with her lost sons Tommy (Jett Kylne) and Jimmy (Julian Hilliard) who continue to exist in other worlds.

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While Wanda does transform into the scary and ruthless Scarlet Witch throughout the movie, she eventually becomes remorseful over her actions. In the end, Wanda gives up her life to destroy the Darkhold, making sure that no other Wanda would turn into the Scarlet Witch again.

Even with the Darkhold destroyed, however, more looming threats seem to appear. As explained by Clea (Charlize Theron) in one post-credits scene, Strange’s journey across the multiverse had triggered an “incursion” and it looks like Strange and the remaining Avengers would have to deal with this in the films and shows to come.

Benedict Cumberbatch Is Willing To Do A Doctor Strange 3

After all the mayhem that was unleashed in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Cumberbatch has said that he’s willing to don the cape once more. “I hope so. I would love to do another one,” the Oscar nominee said. “Doctor Strange is such a complex character, and it feels like there is so much more to explore with him. He is such a brilliant character, and I’m still having a wild time playing him.”

As for Sam Raimi, who directed Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness years after helming the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy, he’s happy to return to the MCU too. “Absolutely. It’s like the world’s best toy box to be able to play at Marvel,” he remarked “I’d love to come back and tell another tale, especially with the great management they’ve got there.”

Is Wanda Still Alive (And Will Elizabeth Olsen Return)?

The answer to this question is rather tricky. While Wanda in Earth-616 may have already died, the character continues to live in other universes. And theoretically, Marvel can come up with a valid reason to have her interact with superheroes from other universes. Not to mention, travel across the multiverse is now readily possible, thanks to America.

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That said, Marvel has remained tight-lipped about whether fans will see Wanda again. At the moment, Olsen herself is in the dark. “They don’t tell me anything about my fate,” the actress admitted while on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. “No. I don’t know.” That said, she is hopeful that she’ll be asked back again. “I would love to do more.”

Meanwhile, it’s also worth noting that Olsen’s contract arrangement with Marvel is different from her fellow Avengers and other Marvel stars. Whereas others signed multiple movie contracts, Olsen has more flexibility.

“I mean, I also didn’t sign a big contract with Marvel, so I continue to be surprised every time they use me,” the actress revealed. “I wasn’t a title character, so you don’t do that same contract of multiple movies. You only do a little bit at a time. I actually wasn’t put in that situation, so it’s even more surprising when Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios President] asked me to do WandaVision.” Perhaps, Feige will surprise the actress again.

Following Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU is turning its attention toward Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. Future films also include the Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. There is also the upcoming series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. Fans will just have to wait and see if any of these will take place in the multiverse too.

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