The next Spider-Man film will feel a lot more connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the production as Stephen Strange. The character is said to play the mentor to Tom Holland‘s Peter Parker like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Nick Fury/Talos (Samuel L. Jackson) in Spider-Man: Far From Home. We’re also going to assume that the Sanctum Santorum will serve as Peter’s new home now that he’s been outted as Spider-Man and accused of killing Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal).
It is also possible the film will feature at least some of the worlds Doctor Strange is expected to encounter in his own sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Moving into other worlds may also be a way to keep Peter safe while trying to clear his name. The film will also feature the return of Jamie Foxx as Electro and, presumably, a bevy of other unannounced cameos. Start putting your list together.
Adding Doctor Strange to the cast also feels like a certain reassurance about Peter’s connection to the MCU — just last year, it seemed as though his future there was over with Disney and Sony disagreeing on their profit participation in the next film. Happily, Holland used his clout as the star of Sony’s Uncharted — currently in production — to get Sony to continue talks with the Mouse. Production is expected to start later this month while Holland is still filming Uncharted.
The third MCU Spider-Man film is currently set for release on December 17th, 2021.
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