Doctor Strange star blames Spider-Man for No Way Home multiverse

Spider Man: No Way Home spoilers follow.

Spider Man: No Way Home had unintended consequences for the universe when Peter Parker’s request for everyone to forget he is Spider-Man caused chaos as the spell being performed by Doctor Strange went wrong.

With alternate versions of classic characters unleashed and the multiverse thrown wide open, you would be forgiven for landing the blame squarely on Doctor Strange’s shoulders. However, Benedict Cumberbatch has defended his character, saying that really, Peter and his assistant chatter should be held accountable.

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“I know we all love Peter Parker, but can we just rewind to the point that the spell is interrupted something like six times?” Cumberbatch said to Total Movie magazine.

“I think it’s just too easily written off as: ‘He’s going to have to pay for his arrogance’. It’s not all arrogance, actually. I think some of it is a very calculated risk. But we’ll see where that takes him [in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness]†

Teasing where the Doctor Strange sequel picks up from after the multiverse-tampering moment, Cumberbatch revealed that the scope of the film makes it one of Marvel’s most ambitious yet and could have further far-reaching consequences.

“It is madness, for sure, what happens in our film. It’s pretty full-on. And it’s big, man. It’s very, very ambitious. And if we bring it off, I think it could be one of the biggest [Marvel films] we’ve seen so far.”

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The new film will see Doctor Strange dealing with the ramifications of his spell as he is brought in front of The Illuminati, with the latest trailer teasing the return of X-Men‘s Sir Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier.

Commenting on the rumours of his appearance in the movie, Stewart said that he was surprised how fans were able to make the connection from small clues in the footage.

“I actually didn’t recognize my own voice. It sounded different. Whether I had a cold or something at the time, I don’t know. I was astonished – and all they saw was the back of my shoulder and I think my earlobe, nothing else – that there would have been so many connections made [to see the reactions]†

Spider Man: No Way Home is available to buy now on Prime VideoiTunesMicrosoft Store and other digital retailers, while Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is due to be released on May 5, 2022.

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