A great superhero is nothing without a great villain. And so with the hope-inducing acid trip that was Doctor Strange apparently receiving the sequel treatment, it’s left fans to wonder which baddie from the Sorcerer Supreme’s gallery will make an appearance.
The first film featured Kaecilus and his legion, and showdown with Dormammu (who was admittedly defeated by a…riddle), which created a demonstrable and entertaining learning curve of power Strange had to overcome. Assuming Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Dr. Strange again, it will be curious how Marvel would up the ante once again.
During a Twitter Q&A Thursday, the film’s director Scott Derrickson had some ideas for the next villain.
Possibly Nightmare, but he’s a tricky villain to get right. And you can’t tell the story of Doctor Strange w/out eventually dealing w/Clea. https://t.co/C4mZYgGkkA
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) March 2, 2017
Now Doctor Strange enthusiasts know Clea as the on-and-off love interest of Strange, but is also the ruler of the Dark Dimension. And Nightmare was reportedly intended to appear in the first Strange film, though Marvel Cinematic Universe architect Kevin Fiege talked Derrickson out of it.
Kevin made a very cogent case. 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.
Of course it’ll be some time before we see Strange again in his own movie. He’ll next be seen in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.