Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Marvel and Sony’s ‘Spider-Man 3’

Veteran Marvel actor Benedict Cumberbatch is set to reprise his role as magical superhero Doctor Strange in Spider-Man 3.

According to THR, Strange will serve as Peter Parker’s mentor in the film, a role that has previously been occupied by Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The move prompts speculation about the nature of the as-yet-untitled film, as it comes extremely soon after the news broke that Jamie Foxx is set to reprise his role as villain Electro from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony’s previous incarnation of the webslinger that starred Andrew Garfield in the main role.

Combined with April’s announcement that Sam Raimi, director of the original Spider-Man trilogy in the mid-00s, is set to helm the Doctor Strange sequel, fans have been speculating that Marvel and Sony may be paving the way for a live-action Spider-Verse film.

The Spider-Verse was a concept introduced into Marvel Comics in 2014, and features a variety of Spider-based heroes from different dimensions. It was first brought to the big screen in 2018’s Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (itself due a sequel in 2022).

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The move would certainly make a good deal of sense: after the tumultuous events of last year’s Avengers: Endgame, the MCU needs another big event to begin building towards. With Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision looking set to introduce the ideas of alternate dimensions to the MCU, the Spider-Verse certainly seems to be on the cards – particularly with JK Simmons making a cameo as J Jonah Jameson in Far From Home, a role he originally played in Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

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Whether or not we’ll see the return of previous Spider-Men Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield alongside Tom Holland in Spider-Man 3 remains to be seen, but such an announcement would certainly make for an added layer of excitement to the already-packed Phase IV.

The next phase of the MCU has suffered a series of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with each upcoming film being delayed around a year from its original release date. Phase IV officially kicks off with the release of Black Widow next May, while the next Spider-Man and Doctor Strange films are set to start filming in the coming weeks.

Words by Matt Taylor


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