It’s a good thing that Doctor Strange can experience multiple timelines simultaneously, because the Avenger and Earth’s newest wizard – played on the big screen by Benedict Cumberbatch since 2016’s Doctor Strange introduced the character – is going to be all over the next phase of the MCU… including in Spider-Man 3.

The casting announcement comes from THR.

It’s the latest bit of casting news for the Tom Holland-starring sequel, which will also feature Jamie Foxx reprising his role as Electro 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a movie set in a different timeline than the current exploits of everyone’s favorite webslinger.

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“What the f*ck?!”

And as long as we’re cataloguing actors reprising roles for Spider-Man 3, let’s not forget that the mid-credits sequence from 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home revealed that J.K. Simmons would be returning to the role of J. Jonah Jameson, a part he first played in 2002’s Spider-Man (which is set in yet another timeline).

The announcement that the dimension-hopping Strange will be appearing in Spider-Man 3 should do nothing to dispel the rumors that we’ll be seeing Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield return to the role of Peter Parker in the upcoming sequel.

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Into the Garfield-Verse

With actors from the Holland-Verse, the Maguire-Verse, and the Garfield-Verse all making appearances in Spider-Man 3 – and fueled by the inter-dimensional hijinks in 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse – many of those speculating on the future of the MCU see the possibility of a live-action Spider-Verse adaptation that leans heavily on the fourth wall.

Plus, the title of Strange’s own upcoming sequel, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, suggests that some inter-dimensional adventuring is already in the offing – to say nothing of that movie’s rumored connection to WandaVision, the reality-warping sitcom that will be premiering on Disney+ in December 2020.

Maybe that inter-dimensional Sinister Six in Spider-Man 3 isn’t so unlikely after all, eh?


  1. And let’s not forget he can also handily mind f. the planet into forgetting that Peter is Spider-Man.

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