With less than five months remaining until its highly anticipated release, the hype continues to build for the completion of Tom Holland's MCU trilogy with Spider-Man: No Way Home.
After Loki started the collapse of the multiverse during its run on Disney+, the wait grew even more excruciating to find out how this would affect the MCU's final theatrical release of 2021. While no specific story details are known yet, the expansive cast of characters that are rumored and confirmed to appear will make for something truly special.
While one side of the fight features villains from every era of live-action Spider-Man movies, the other boasts the talents of possibly two other Spider-Men and Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange. It's unclear how big Strange's role will be with so much other action filling the plot, but with magic in play, his skills will come in handy helping the young Spidey through his intense battles.
No matter how expansive his role is, Strange is going to be a key player through Sony and Marvel's promotional tour when it eventually kicks into high gear.
A new toy leak confirms this to be the case as well, putting the Sorcerer Supreme in the spotlight once again.
STRANGE WATCHING OVER THE SPIDEY-VERSE
Twitter user Cris Parker shared leaked promotional art from Hasbro merchandise for Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: No Way Home. The artwork features Spider-Man suits from all three of Tom Holland's MCU solo movies along with images of Iron Man and the Vulture:
The art also shows off Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Stephen Strange fully decked out in his costume with the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto:
THE MCU DOCTOR IS ABOUT TO OPERATE
Doctor Strange has made his presence felt in a big way since his first solo movie in 2016, making appearances in both of the Avengers movies that followed in the Infinity Saga. Also set to star in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in March 2022, Cumberbatch's Master of the Mystic Arts will have plenty on his plate even as a supporting star to the web-slinger.
The MCU's Spider-Man movies have also set up a trend of sending Peter Parker Avengers-level back-up with Iron Man in Homecoming and Nick Fury (sort of) in Far From Home. Tony Stark only played a small on-screen role in Spidey's first adventure, although with so much multiversal action this time, Strange's duties may be more extensive.
Benedict Cumberbatch is undoubtedly an MCU heavy-hitter, so using him in the promotional material for No Way Home makes sense regardless of how big his role is. With no signs pointing to when a trailer or any more official images will release to the public, this should help keep the excitement going as the MCU's story grows.
Spider-Man: No Way Home will release in theaters on December 17, 2021.