Last week it was revealed that Jamie Foxx would be returning as Electro in the next Spider-Man movie, lending some weight to speculation that the multiverse is about to become a major part of the next phase of the MCU. Since then we have heard additional (very much unconfirmed) rumours that Kirsten Dunst and Dane DeHaan may also be returning, but in the meantime another key piece of the puzzle appears to have fallen into place. Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play Doctor Strange in the as-of-yet untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel. Hit the jump for more details.
According to THR, Benedict Cumberbatch has officially joined the cast of the next Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland. The extent of the role has yet to be revealed but it seems likely that Doctor Strange will be stepping into the mentor role played by Tony Stark / Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home. This will also help maintain ties to the MCU despite the fact that the Spider-Man movies continue to be co-productions of both Sony and Marvel.
We already know that the multiverse storyline will come to a head in the Doctor Strange sequel, but this is a pretty strong indication that the Spider-Man movie will be closely linked to it as well (their release dates are currently separated by only a few months). Even more interesting is the fact that Sam Raimi is directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which perhaps opens the door for even more connections to his previous Spider-Man trilogy. Spider-Man 3 is set to begin shooting in Atlanta later this month while Doctor Strange 2 also starts this month in London. Are you looking forward to a Doctor Strange and Spider-Man team-up?