Spider-Man 3 is experiencing bombshell after bombshell, with two massive back-to-back returning cast members. With Doctor Strange reprising his role to the film, it can almost be said for certain that Spider-Man 3 will be dealing with some multiverse shenanigans.
According to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly joined the cast of Spider-Man 3 to reprise his role as Doctor Strange.
The report notes that Stephen Strange would be playing a mentor role to Peter Parker in the film, similar to Tony Stark and Nick Fury’s roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, respectively.
Deadline also corroborated the news, reiterating that Strange would be used as a mentor to Peter. Marvel Studios is reportedly planning for Cumberbatch to shoot for Spider-Man 3 first and then move on to production for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Variety shared that Spider-Man 3 is now set to begin filming next month.Marvel Studios and Sony had no comment on the news.
While it is unknown how much Strange will actually be used in the film, his role as a mentor indicates that he will at the very least have a relatively substantial part to play. The characters had a bit of interplay in Avengers: Infinity War, so Spider-Man 3 should give them the opportunity to hang out a bit more. The Sorceror Supreme could even help Peter with his identity problem, using his magic to thwart J. Jonah Jameson’s plots.