As Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) prepares for battle against Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) in one week, director Scott Derrickson already has an idea for the Sorcerer Supreme’s next opponent. Derrickson talked to IGN about his ideas for a Doctor Strange sequel and his preferred villain dates back to the title character’s first appearance in Strange Tales #110, written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko.
“I really like the character of Nightmare and the concept that the Nightmare Realm is a dimension. […] That’s early – that’s like the first Strange tale. I think that’s in the introductory episode of Doctor Strange, and I always loved that.”
Nightmare is indeed the ruler of the Nightmare Realm and is a difficult challenge for Strange. Nightmare can attack when his victims, Strange often being one, are in their most vulnerable state—slumber. Once you are in Nightmare’s world of bad dreams, your only hope is to wake up and that’s much easier said than done with the ruler of that realm in control.
Derrickson loves the character, but has a good reason for not going straight to Nightmare for the first film.
“We decided not to do that because that’s a bit of a complex idea to try to introduce everything we do introduce and introduce the idea of nightmares themselves as being a dimension. I hope somewhere down the line we do get to explore that because I think that’s super cool concept.”
Nightmare is an excellent choice for a villain in a Doctor Strange sequel and would be unlike any antagonist presented thus far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hopefully he finds away to invade our dreams in a second or third film in the franchise, so long as the Sorcerer Supreme will be around to save us.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange is in theaters November 4.