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Spider-Man’s Mistake In NWH Called Out By Benedict Cumberbatch

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 2,2022

What is this Spider-Man mistake that Benedict Cumberbatch felt was important to address? Doctor Strange’s errant spell has been the subject of much speculation since the film’s release, both before and after. There is some debate as to whether or not other Multiversal events were responsible for the arrival of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spidermen and their slew of web-slinging villains in the MCU. Or perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch’s character, Strange, is too blame for the destruction of the Multiverse.

How will Spider-Man’s mistake be answered by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? The prevailing theory is that the former Sorcerer Supreme will be punished for his recklessness in the Spidey threequel, as evidenced by the trailers and TV spots.

As for what audiences can expect from his upcoming film, Doctor Strange star Benedict Cumberbatch has a distinct take on the matter. Cumberbatch defends Strange and points out that Spider-Man made a mistake.

Benedict Cumberbatch said in an interview with GamesRadar, “Peter Parker interfered with the spell that Doctor Strange cast on him”:

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

Even though Peter claims it was only five times, Strange was correct in his advice. A spell that had previously worked at Kamar-Taj, according to the sorcerer.

The Academy Award-nominated actor countered, saying, “In regard to audiences eagerly awaiting his character facing consequences of his pomposity in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “The arrogance isn’t all. Some of it, I believe, is a calculated gamble:”

“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].”

In terms of risk, Strange is no different from anyone else. This is exactly what the Sorcerer Supreme did in Avengers: Infinity War when he gave the Time Stone to Thanos. If he had, part of the universe would still be covered in dust.

Cumberbatch only added to the growing hype surrounding the May 6 release of his mysterious sequel.

“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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In his defence of Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch provides a wealth of information. When Strange ignored Wondefensening about the No Way Home spell, fans assumed he would pay for his actions because of his arrogance. However, Strange’s love for Peter Parker was made clear in No Way Home. Rather than being motivated by conceit, his eagerness to cast the spell was motivated by compassion.

It’s also not clear what caused the Multiverse to disintegrate. Before the release of No Way Home, Wanda appeared to alter reality and possibly tap into the Multiverse with her Chaos Magic in WandaVision and Sylvie appeared to free the Multiverse in Loki. Those actions may have contributed WandaVision,s spell going awry.

In the end, Cumberbatch’s description of Multiverse of Madness as “very ambitious” and potentially being “one of the biggest Marvel films we’ve seen so far” is enormous. Even though No Way Home is Doctor Strange’s second film, the character has already appeared in some of the biggest MCU films, including Infinity War, Endgame, and now NWH.

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