Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Stephen Strange in Spider-Man 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MCU doc will take up the mantle as mentor to young Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Marvel and Sony have not commented on this development.
Both Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness are due to start filming later this month, according to THR. Spidey in Atlanta and the Doc in London. The supporting cast returning for the third Spidey installment includes Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori and Jacob Batalon.
Then there’s the return of Electro, played by Jamie Foxx. It’s sort of a return. Electro last appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The powers that be, Marvel, also pulled in J.K. Simmons from the first Spider-Man trilogy to reprise his role as J. Jonah Jameson. At the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Jameson played the Mysterio video that revealed Spider-Man’s secret identity.
Doctor Strange and Peter Parker met in space during Avengers: Infinity War. Though they didn’t have a lot of interaction, their experience through Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame is enough to establish a mentorship. It’s really interesting because Cumberbatch was put on babysitting duty with Holland to prevent him from giving away any spoilers for Endgame. I guess the MCU really likes their dynamic.
The release date for Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness is set for March 25, 2022. And Spider-Man 3, is set for December 17, 2021, for now. Given how things are going lately, that date will probably change.