“Spider-Man 3” looks to become a live-action Spiderverse with new cast announcements

As the untitled “Spider-Man” sequel keeps getting cast announcements, it looks as though the movie will be reminiscent of “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse” by teaming up Tom Holland’s Spider-Man with other Spider-Mans from the live-action films.

Currently scheduled for December 17, 2021, no videos or photos from the set have been revealed yet. But, the announcement of cast members have been coming in one after the other.

As to be expected, the main cast of the previous films will be returning including Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Tony Revolori as Flash. However, the first big inclusion to the film was Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. Doctor Strange, who will be receiving a sequel to his film in 2022 and appear in the Disney+ series “WandaVision,” will take on the role of Spider-Man mentor. The two characters first met in “Avengers: Infinity War,” where they characters teamed up alongside Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

On October 1st, the film would get the next big casting announcement with the return of Jamie Foxx to the role of Electro. Foxx first played the role in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” where he fought against Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield. In that film, Foxx’s character was an obsessed Spider-Man fan who was given powers after an accident at Oscorp Industries. In the final battle of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Spider-Man overloaded Electro, which he believed killed him but obviously didn’t.

The casting of Foxx gave fans the first thought of the upcoming film being like a live-action Spider-Verse but it wasn’t until the most recent announcement that it was made very clear that is what it was.

On December 8th, it was announced that Alfred Molina, Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Andrew Garfield would be reprising their roles from the previous “Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” films.

Molina appeared in “Spider-Man 2” playing Dr. Otto Octavius, a scientist friend of Peter’s who would turn evil after having a set of robotic arms attached to him. Similar to Electro, Dr. Octopus was believed to be dead at the end of the film after sacrificing himself.

As said above, Andrew Garfield played Spider-Man in the “Amazing Spider-Man” films, which had two films release during the 2010s. Garfield’s interpretation of Spider-Man went for a darker tone with the series having a emphasis of mystery and realism. The series would effectively end after the second film after Sony made a deal with Marvel to incorporate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading to Tom Holland taking on the role.

However, the biggest return casting has to be Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst returning to their roles as Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson. The two actors played the characters from 2002 to 2007 in the “Spider-Man” trilogy directed by Sam Raimi. The series of films were the first film appearances of Spider-Man and helped lead to the prominence of super hero films.

With the casting of these actors from previous “Spider-Man” films, the next “Spider-Man” movie looks to bring the worlds together in a new and interesting way.

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