The move puts Cumberbatch in the mentor role previously occupied by Robert Downey Jr., who played Tony Stark / Iron Man in Spider-Man: Homecomingand by Samuel L. Jackson in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the latter reprimands Nick Fury. The role gives Holland the chance to play experienced actors up front, gives Peter Parker a father figure, and gives the movies extra star power while also tying them to the greater Marvel cinematic universe.
This Spiderman the project already has some unexpected ties as it is bringing back Jamie Foxx as Electro, the actor-character combination last seen in 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which featured Andrew Garfield as the hero of the net.
Have Strange as part of Spiderman can help explain Electro̵
Spider-Man 3 is expected to begin filming in Atlanta later in October while Multiverse of madness shooting is also expected to start this month, albeit in London. It is unclear when and where Cumberbatch will shoot his scenes.
Marvel and Sony have not commented.
Jon Watts, the director behind Homecoming and last year Spider-Man: Far From Home, is in the director’s chair for the third installment, which Sony dated for December 17, 2021, though viewers now expect the release dates to change due to the pandemic.
Most of the supporting cast from previous films – Zendaya, Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, and Jacob Batalon – should be on the call sheet when cameras roll in Atlanta.
Cumberbatch and Holland first met as memorably as Strange and Spider-Man in Avengers: Infinity War.
Cumberbatch is represented by UTA, Conway van Gelder of the UK and Sloane Offer.