The move puts Cumberbatch in the mentor role that was previously occupied by Robert Downey Jr., who played Tony Stark/Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and by Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter reprising Nick Fury.
The role gives Holland a chance to play opposite seasoned actors, gives Peter Parker a father figure and gives the movies extra star power while also tying them to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This Spider-Man project already has some unexpected ties going for it as it is bringing back Jamie Foxx as Electro, the actor-character combo last seen in 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which featured Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging hero.
Having Strange as part of Spider-Man may help explain the returning Electro. Cumberbatch is about to begin shooting Doctor Strange sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which will explore alternate realities and some speculate therein lies the cross-section.
Spider-Man 3 is due to begin shooting in Atlanta later this month. Jon Watts, the filmmaker behind Homecoming and last year’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, is in the director’s chair for the third installment, which Sony has dated for Dec. 17, 2021.
In recent years, Sony has continued to build up its superhero slate. Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home with Tom Holland, as well as Tom Hardy’s Venom were all huge box office hits.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the next comic book adaptation on deck from Sony’s arsenal of masked heroes. The follow-up, again starring Hardy as the journalist-turned-alien-symbiote, will be directed by Andy Serkis. It was expected to release in theaters this October, but its big-screen debut was delayed until June 25, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Also coming next year focusing on the Marvel Comics character Morbius the Living Vampire, Morbuis stars Jared Leto as the movies anti-hero and will be released March 19, 2021.
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