At the recent San Diego International Comic-Con, the Marvel Studios panel was the panel to see. Feige and crew pulled out all the stops, finally enlightening fans as to the upcoming phase four of the highly anticipated MCU.
Announces were made of the additions of some yet unknowns, such as The Eternals and Shang-Chi, and all-time faves such as the newly announced Thor 4, with Jane Foster taking over the hammer of she who may be worthy.
Sadly, there were no tried and true characters, such as the much-loved Iron Man and Captain America. But to be honest, anyone who has seen Avengers: Endgame pretty much expected that.
However, the phase four slate of movies finally gives fans a good indication of what the MCU will look like, following the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame—and Doctor Strange 2 appears to be at the very core of it all.
Fans were most assuredly over the moon when it was announced that not only would Benedict Cumberbatch be returning as the fan-favorite sorcerer, but Scarlet Witch portrayed by Elizabeth Olson would also make an appearance.
The sequel, officially titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will play a much more significant and vital role after the events of Infinity War and Endgame than anyone could have ever imagined.
After having appeared in his solo outing, then again in Thor: Ragnarok, and then in both Infinity War and Endgame, there is no denying that Cumberbatch is one of the most prominent and most recognizable characters remaining in the MCU heading into the phase four by far.
Taking into consideration that fans have had to wait an unprecedented five long years for the sequel, two years longer than any other sequels of any of the other franchises, one could pretty much assume that moviegoers are breathing a sigh of relief.
Doctor Strange 2 is currently slated for release in 2021.