The untitled Avengers 4 may bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Three to an end, but that doesn't mean Marvel is done with the MCU. There are still stories to tell and, according to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, those stories include Doctor Strange.
In a recent interview with Collider, Feige opened up about the status of the post-Phase Three MCU. While some films, such as a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are already in development, Feige hinted that one of the stories that Marvel is looking to tell in the future just might be the much-anticipated Doctor Strange sequel.
"Certainly, we would love to tell more about the Strange story [in a sequel,]" Feige said.
Ever since Doctor Strange debuted last year fans have been hoping to see the neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer played by Benedict Cumberbatch return to the MCU, preferably in a sequel but there have been no official announcements that such a project is in development. That doesn't mean that Strange isn't still a part of the MCU, however. The character will next be seen in Thor: Ragnarok next month and is set to appear in Avengers: Infinity War as well.
With Feige talking about a potential, post-Phase Three sequel for Doctor Strange, that could mean that even with the big changes expected at the conclusion of Avengers 4 fans can expect some familiar faces for future stories. However, they'll likely have to wait for it. Feige was clear that the focus for now was getting through to the end of the current stories, meaning that a Doctor Strange sequel -- and anything beyond Avengers 4 -- would be after 2020.
"Yes. It won't be for a while," Feige said. Our focus is on the next six movies. Finishing the first three phases, getting Untitled Avengers out into the world on May 19th before publicly focusing on anything else."
The next installment of the MCU, Thor: Ragnarok, opens in theaters November 3, 2017.