Earlier today, Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter exclusively revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will be joining the cast of Sony’s third Spider-Man film.
According to Kit’s report, Strange will take on the mentor role for Peter Parker that was previously occupied by Tony Stark (and the Skrull-impersonating Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home). Cumberbatch’s involvement also lends even more credence to the rumors that Sony’s older Amazing Spider-Man series will be explored as part of the MCU multiverse.
Last week, it was confirmed that Jamie Foxx will be reprising his role as Electro for Spider-Man: Home Alone (not the actual name of the film, but I wish it was). When you consider how mediocre 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was (and that Doctor Strange’s next film specifically involves the multiverse) it’s far more likely that Sony and Marvel intend to explore Spider-Man’s other film incarnations as alternate dimensions. Add in the Sorcerer Supreme’s involvement, and you can pretty much bank on it.
Does this mean Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will return to the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, as well? I sure hope so. Despite how much it would kill me to see the clickbait sites get one right, it’s a price I’m more than willing to pay to see all three live action Spider-Men in one film.
Both Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: Home Slice (also not the actual title) have been delayed until 2021. Let’s hope our own reality gets the pandemic under control so we can safely see these movies in theaters next year.