The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson will return to helm the Stephen Strange’s second solo outing. As of this writing, no screenwriter is attached to the project. Updates will undoubtedly follow in the months ahead, probably after Avengers: Endgame closes out the overarching story we’ve been following for a decade. Currently, we’re looking at a 2020 production start date and a May 2021 release date. 

Many of the first film’s main cast members, including Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular spell-caster and Benedict Wong as the loyal Wong,  will return for more mystical adventures. Rachel McAdams is expected to return as Strange’s on again, off again girlfriend.

Released in November 2016, Doctor Strange pulled in almost $700 million worldwide and earned an 89 % on Rotten Tomatoes. It was written by screenwriter and novelist C. Robert Cargill, Sahara screenwriter Thomas Dean Donnelly, Conan the Barbarian screenwriter Joshua Oppenheimer, Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, and Derrickson. 

Derrickson’s filmography includes Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and TNT’s small screen take on Snowpiercer.