The third Avengers installment hasn’t even hit theaters and villains for the sequel to Doctor Strange are already up for discussion. I guess that means the Sorcerer Supreme is going to survive his team-up fight against Thanos in Infinity War.
During a Q&A on Twitter, Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Doctor Strange film, answered a fan’s question about villains for the sequel.
“Possibly Nightmare, but he’s a tricky villain to get right,” Derrickson responded. “And you can’t tell the story of Doctor Strange w/out eventually dealing w/Clea.”
For those like myself who aren’t experts on the Doctor Strange mythos, here’s a rundown on those characters. Clea is the niece of Dormammu, the big baddie from the first film. In the comics, Clea initially tries to keep Strange from facing off with Dormammu and then switches sides to help Strange. Her powers include sorcery and she can even communicate psychically with Strange because of a deep bond they create. That’s right; she’s another love interest for the sorcerer. I’m anticipating a love triangle with these two and Rachel McAdams’ Christine.
Nightmare is a completely different story. A Class Three Demon, he’s able to capture a person’s astral form while they’re asleep and takes it away to his realm. This leaves the person’s unconscious body defenceless. Even when someone is awake, he’s able to haunt them. And because everybody must sleep sometimes, it’s almost impossible to defeat Nightmare permanently. The main way to overcome him is to completely conquer your fears.
Interestingly, this villain came very close to appearing in the first Doctor Strange movie. Derrickson told Empire last year that Kevin Feige had chosen to leave the villain out.
“Kevin [Feige] made a very cogent case,” the director told Empire. “The trouble with starting with Nightmare is getting across the idea of the Dream Dimension as another dimension. The movie was challenging enough. It’s already an exposition-heavy movie… Dormammu made the most sense. And he is the most present villain in the comics.”
Look for Doctor Strange to appear next in the third Thor film, Ragnarok, which comes to theaters in November. He’ll then join forces with basically every other hero in the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War, which is set for May 2018.
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