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Spiderman 3: Benedict Cumberbatch to Return as Doctor Strange

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Benedict Cumberbatch is set to feature as the sorcerer supreme Doctor Strange in the upcoming film Spiderman 3, starring actor Tom Holland as protagonist Peter Parker.

The two have previously appeared together in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. 

Cumberbatch will reportedly be playing Peter Parker’s mentor, following the demise of the character Tony Stark (played Robert Downey Jr.) in Avengers: Endgame. The movie will be jointly produced by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

Cumberbatch’s casting is the third major crossover between the two production houses after Downey Jr.’s appearance in Spiderman: Homecoming and actor Samuel L Jackson’s role as Nick Fury in Spiderman: Far From Home.

The announcement has also led to some speculation about whether actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield will reprise their respective roles as the web-slinging superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Ever since the film Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness was announced, fans had been hoping to see the return of the favourite friendly neighbourhood hero in the multiverse.

The third instalment of Spiderman will also feature actor Jamie Foxx as fictional supervillain Electro. He played the negative role in Sony Picture’s The Amazing Spiderman 2. The film will also see the return of actor Zendaya as Mary Jane, actor Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and actor Jacob Batalon as Uncle Ned Leeds.

According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the film is set to go on floors in late October and will be directed by Jon Watts. The producers are Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal.

After the chaotic events in Spiderman: Far From Home, where Spiderman’s identity is revealed and the superhero is blamed for the death of Mysterio, MCU fans are excited to see what the new film has in store for Peter Parker.

The movie is scheduled to release on December 17, 2021.

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