Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, team-ups don’t need to be limited to Avengers movies. Some of the ‘standalone’ movies also provide opportunities for heroes/protagonists to join forces, like how Iron Man bailed Peter Parker out of a jam in Spider-Man: Homecoming and how Spider-Man: Far From Home has Nick Fury and Maria Hill recruiting Peter to team up with Mysterio against The Elementals.
I’m really wanting to do a team-up with Doctor Strange, because we’re both New Yorkers and I just really like the idea of a science guy being teamed up with a guy who does magic, because it totally contradicts everything he knows. And I like the idea that there is real science that Peter Parker talks about, and then there’s Doctor Strange gibberish, where he’s like ‘The time rift and the thing and the thing.’ So it’s kind of fun.
Spider-Man and Doctor Strange met each in Avengers: Infinity War, where they teamed up with Iron Man, Star-Lord, Drax, Mantis and Nebula to battle Thanos on Titan, and they were briefly together again in Avengers: Endgame after being snapped back to life by The Hulk. But a more direct team-up between the two of them is an intriguing prospect.
We got a similar magic vs. science dynamic between Doctor Strange and Iron Man in Avengers: Infinity War, but given how packed that movie was, one would imagine there’d be a lot more time to explore that between the good Doctor and Spider-Man. Of course, then the trick becomes making sure that one hero doesn’t outshine the other, depending on whether this team-up would occur in a Spider-Man movie or a Doctor Strange movie.
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time that a Spider-Man/Doctor Strange team-up has been brought up. Last year, when it was mentioned that Spidey would cross paths with another established MCU character in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige ruled out a Doctor Strange appearance, while also noting that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Holland liked the idea of working together.
Clearly Tom Holland’s mind has not changed on the matter, but we’ll have to wait and see if a Doctor Strange team-up is truly in the cards. That said, like the first Doctor Strange movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home will explore the Multiverse, as Mysterio, real name Quentin Beck, claims to be from another Earth.
It’s also worth clarifying that regardless of whether he and Peter Parker reunite, we’ll also be seeing more of Doctor Strange post-Phase 3. Doctor Strange 2 is in development, with Benedict Cumberbatch obviously reprising Stephen Strange, Benedict Wong reprising Wong and Scott Derrickson sitting back in the director’s chair.
For now, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theaters on July 2, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage on the sequel and check out our Marvel movies guide to learn what the MCU has coming down the pipeline.