It was recently announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would be reprising his role as the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange, in the, as of yet, untitled third Spider-Man film.
We've seen that Dr. Strange was responsible for helping transport heroes from all over the galaxy to help defeat Thanos at the end of Avengers: Endgame, so needless to say, his powers are pretty extensive. But how about different universes? Is Dr. Strange powerful enough to do that?
Given the fact that Strange has already toyed with different dimensions in his own standalone film, fighting off the villain Dormammu and preventing the end of the world (a pretty common theme in Marvel movies) traversing universes seems like a regular day for Dr. Strange.
The Dr. Strange sequel's title was revealed last year to be Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, so a multiple universe storyline has been in the works for a while. With the addition of the Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, who in the comics is one of the most powerful characters in all of Marvel, it is certainly possible for both of these characters to open the doors to multiple universes.
This idea of multiple universes would also help explain the addition of a few characters, including one that has already made an appearance in Spider-Man: Far From Home. J. Jonah Jameson, newspaper editor, conspiracy theorist, and Spider-Man's number one hater, appeared at the end of that film to not only accuse Spider-Man of committing the crimes perpetrated by Mysterio but also revealed his secret identity. Jameson was portrayed by the legendary J.K. Simmons, who also played the character in the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films, so the connection is already there. Is this an alternate version of that J. Jonah Jameson? Could it be the Jameson pulled from the Maguire universe? The possibilities are endless.
It was also revealed that Jamie Foxx would be reprising his role as Electro, one of the villains from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the second film that had Andrew Garfield playing the wall-crawler. The movie and Foxx's character were both panned by critics and audiences, but clearly, there was enough interest (not to mention Foxx's star power) in Electro to bring him back.
He is the second character after J. Jonah Jameson to enter the MCU after appearing in a non-MCU Spider-Man movie. How will Marvel explain the return of both these characters? We're thinking (and seriously hoping for) a multiverse!