We have exciting news to report as Sony Pictures has announced that Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising his role as Doctor Strange for the upcoming Spider-Man 3 film starring Tom Holland. For more details on this check out the news below and share your thoughts AFTER THE JUMP! Spider-Man 3 is set to begin filming next month.
Sony and Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man 3 sets Benedict Cumberbatch to return as Doctor Strange, reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role. When Tom Holland’s Peter Parker joined the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, it was under the mentorship of Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), with the older superhero also appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming. That dynamic continued through Avengers: Infinity War when Peter stowed away on a Black Order ship to help Iron Man save Doctor Strange, and concluded in Avengers: Endgame with the death of Tony Stark. Taking over the reins as Peter’s mentor in Spider-Man: Far From Home was Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), even though technically it was the shapeshifting alien Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) posing as Fury.
Cumberbatch joins a Spider-Man 3 cast that includes Jamie Foxx as Electro, reprising his Marvel villain role from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – the last of Andrew Garfield’s Spidey movies before the character was rebooted and Holland took over. Given the addition of Doctor Strange, it becomes even more obvious that Spider-Man 3 will deal with the multiverse, which is the concept that infinite alternate universes exist alongside our own. This concept was explored in depth in Sony’s animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and it seems the studios will be extending that multiverse to include the MCU. Though that’s just speculation at the moment, it’s perhaps the most logical explanation for the inclusion of Foxx’s Electro and Cumberbatch’s Strange.