The upcoming Spider-Man starring Tom Holland will be getting a little stranger. Which is to say Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will be joining the cast of Spider-Man 3 in what’s described as a “mentor role” for Holland’s Spider-Man.
The Hollywood Reporter says the sorcerer supreme will join the next Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland in a mentor role. Similar to the roles Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury played in the first and second Holland Spider-Man movie, respectively.
Doctor Strange and Spider-Man previously interacted with each other in Avengers: Infinity War and there was some comedic chemistry between the two. Though the relationship could change with a new mentor dynamic.
The upcoming Spider-Man film previously made shocking casting announcements when Jamie Foxx confirmed he is returning as the villain Electro. Foxx played the character in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which starred Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, though he’ll apparently look different from his previous appearance. Perhaps Doctor Strange will help unite the two cinematic universes?
The return of Foxx’s Electro has already fueled speculation that Marvel is building towards a “spider-verse” storyline, which is where multiple different Spider-Man universes collide and crossover. Basically recall the different Spider-people converging in the animated hit Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Doctor Strange’s ability to traverse the Multiverse would seem like a really convenient way to set this up.
Cumberbatch is already slated to appear in a second Doctor Strange movie titled Multiverse of Madness directed by Sam Raimi. Raimi is taking over for Scott Derrickson, who directed the first Doctor Strange film.
The third Spider-Man film starring Holland will be directed by Jon Watts, the director behind Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Both the new Spider-Man and Doctor Strange are scheduled to start filming this year.