Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange in Next ‘Spider-Man’ Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch will act as Doctor Strange in the next "Spider-Man" film with Tom Holland Magic - no nets - Variety has confirmed.
The casting of Cumberbatch marks the third major transition between Disney's Marvel Studios-produced films and Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man" films starring Holland, after Tony Stark of Robert Downey Jr. in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" in 2017 and Samuel appeared in L. Jackson's Nick Fury appeared in Spider-Man: Far From Home in 2019.
The casting makes sense because Stephen Strange of Cumberbatch lives in New York City, as does Peter Parker of Holland, and the characters first shared the screen in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War while battling Thanos. The third "Spider-Man" film is slated to begin production in November in Atlanta with director Jon Watts. Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon and Tony Revolori are expected to repeat their roles from the previous two "Spider-Man" films.
Cumberbatch himself will appear in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" for Marvel Studios, directed by former "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi in another piece of Meta-Universe Kismet. This film is also expected to go into production in London in November, suggesting that Cumberbatch learned how to cast a spell to be in two places at the same time during a pandemic.
Joking aside, Cumberbatch's casting in the new "Spider-Man" further suggests that the upcoming series of films in both the MCU and Sony's cinematic Spidey-verse could flow heavily into the narrative possibilities of the multiverse. This could prove very useful for future Spider-Man films - if it's a bit embroiled in a sticky corporate deal.
Last year, after the multi-billion dollar success of Far From Home, Sony and Disney nearly broke their unprecedented agreement to share the Spider-Man character within the MCU. Her new deal calls for a third Spider-Man film to be produced by Marvel Studios and Holland's web slinger to appear in another Marvel Studios film for Disney.
After that, however, it is unclear whether the partnership between Sony and Disney will continue. But Sony is pushing films from the Spider-Man universe of comics, including "Morbius" with Jared Leto and "Venom: Let There Be Carnage" with Tom Hardy. So far, Hollands Spidey has only appeared in MCU films. However, if Doctor Strange introduces the possibility of multiple universes in Holland's Spider-Man films, it could allow the character to exist in future Sony films that are not produced by Marvel Studios.
The third “Spider-Man” film is due to hit theaters on December 17, 2021. "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is scheduled to open on March 25, 2022.
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