Benedict Cumberbatch recently appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where his character Doctor Strange tried to help Peter Parker navigate a multiverse of problems.
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In a recent discussion between Cumberbatch and Penélope Cruz for Variety’s Actors on Actors series, Cumberbatch spoke briefly about his role in the large comic book movie. According to Cumberbatch, it was “extraordinary” to get the chance to appear in the film and highlight some of the “hefty” mistakes that Strange made in the film.
“I’m very spoiled because Tom Holland and I had petitioned that the neighborhood superheroes should cross paths again,” said Cumberbatch. “To have those three films culminate in that moment was extraordinary to be a part of. And to let my character make some hefty mistakes out of love — really, out of generosity towards someone he realizes he really cares for. From a stand-alone success of a movie, of a franchise, it’s phenomenal. I genuinely sat there entertained, thrilled, really moved. I laughed a lot. I cheered. It’s a fantastic feeling to be back in a cinema, being able to do that and to prove that not everything has to be streamed. And I think that’s important moving forward. It’s not just for exhibitors but for the social gain, the excitement of being in a crowd of people experiencing that live thing of watching it.”
In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Strange agrees to try and help Peter Parker in conducting a spell that will make it so people forget that Parker is Spider-Man. Things go pretty bad, however, and soon a multiverse is unleashed onto the pair that includes past villains from previous Spider-Man franchises.
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With the Doctor Strange sequel set to launch later this year, we’ll also likely get to see Cumberbatch dealing with the after-effects of No Way Home, as well as what looks to be his own problems when it comes to the MCU’s multiverse.
As for No Way Home, the film currently holds a worldwide gross of over $1.6 billion and has become Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are already actively beginning to develop their next Spider-Man film together.