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Exclusive: ‘Doctor Strange 3’ to adapt ‘Time Runs Out’

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In 2022, Marvel Studios released the highly anticipated sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel featured the return of the neurosurgeon turned Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), on an adventure that transcended the borders of the known Marvel Cinematic Universe into new and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront the coming threats. 

The film ends with a cliffhanger, in which we see Doctor Strange walking down the streets of New York calmly before abruptly pausing in pain and revealing a third eye growing out of his forehead. A post-credit scene later reveals a previously unknown sorceress, Clea (Charlize Theron). She seeks out Doctor Strange for causing an incursion and requests his help before jumping into a portal leading into the Dark Dimension.

Since then, fans have sought clues as to where Doctor Strange’s next live-action appearance could be. However, as we traverse through the Multiverse Saga and are en route to the next Avengers projects, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, films whose working titles we recently reported on, fans are curious as to whether or not Strange could get one more solo outing before stepping up to the plate and taking on the incoming Council of Kangs. And if this tidbit is to be believed, we may have just found our answer.

Charlize Theron as Clea and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (Marvel/Disney)

Time Runs Out in Doctor Strange 3

According to our sources, Marvel Studios wants to adapt elements from the Time Runs Out comic event for Doctor Strange 3. The film would pick up right where we left off in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness where Clea traveled from another dimension to seek out Doctor Strange for his aid in fixing the incursion that he caused.

From what we’ve been told, Strange has been sought out by a multiversal organization called The Black Priests. According to our sources, Clea is a member of this organization. The Black Priests’ HQ will be in the Nothing Space of Destroyed Universes, which exists within the space of two dead universes caused by an incursion.

It will be revealed in the film that the Multiverse is dying. The cause of this decay is a result of the incursions happening all across the Multiverse, the most recent being the one caused by Doctor Strange. The film will also elaborate on a point made in the previous movie regarding Doctor Strange and his threat to the Multiverse.

The Black Priests from Marvel Comics.
The Black Priests from Marvel Comics.

Stephen Strange and his danger to the Multiverse

It was made clear in the previous film through Christine Palmer-838’s research that Stephen Strange is one of the most dangerous threats to the Multiverse. However, they have yet to specify how exactly he was dangerous outside of what Strange-838 did. The upcoming sequel will explain how Stephen is a threat to the Multiverse by establishing him as a common denominator when it comes to incursions across the Multiverse, aside from the main danger of the Council of Kangs.

While it will be confirmed that the main reason for the decay of the Multiverse is due to the incursions being caused by the Council of Kangs, it is unknown at this time if the film will feature a Kang variant or if the film will flat-out confirm what the source of that decay is. However, our sources told us that the film will serve as a direct preamble to the upcoming Avengers films. 

Are you excited about Doctor Strange 3?

It’s important to note that while this information regarding Doctor Strange 3 was provided to us before the strikes took place. These ideas could change once the strikes are over and writers begin to flesh out new concepts and ideas for the upcoming film. It is important to acknowledge that without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the films and shows we’re covering here wouldn’t exist.

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