Spider-Man: No Way Home – official teaser trailer

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It’s been five years since Benedict Cumberbatch, who was recently interviewed by Esquire UK, entered the MCU in Doctor Strange. Since then his Sorcerer Supreme has featured in Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. While next month he will co-star opposite Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home.

As a post-Endgame MCU gears up to embrace alternate realities, next May sees the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

After six long years, Cumberbatch’s Marvel wizard is finally getting his first solo sequel, but the star has admitted he’s nervous about the blockbuster.

Speaking with Esquire UK, the 45-year-old said: “I’ve got the Second Album Fear with this one because the first one was such a riotous success and he’s become a much-loved character.”

Nevertheless, the star has been enjoying the thrill of making multiple Marvel movies as Doctor Strange.

Cumberbatch said: “All the time when you’re making those movies are pinch-yourself moments.

“I’m never over the giddy nature of working opposite Spider-Man. It’s pretty cool.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has been shooting in Surrey during the lockdown and understandably Covid measures have made the production a challenge.

The star said: “They had the gold standard in test and trace. They would test us every other day and temperature test every day when we came in.”

Cumberbatch added: “If you had any cold or cough or were feeling under the weather, they were very on it.

“But the work environment was pretty grim compared to the norm, everyone zoned and masked.

“It was hard graft. But there was a lot of appreciation for how lucky we were …The dedication was admirable.”

As for the rest of the MCU, Eternals is currently in cinemas, while the Hawkeye Disney+ show debuts on the streaming service on November 24.

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Following Spider-Man: No Way Home, Ms Marvel is due to land on Disney+ in the New Year.

While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits cinemas on May 6, 2022 after being delayed from March.

Other MCU movies next year are Thor: Love and Thunder released on July 8 and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11.

Additionally Disney+ series She-Hulk, Moon Knight, I Am Groot and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special are expected too.

The Winter 2021 issue of Esquire is on sale now.

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