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.
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.
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?