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Doctor Strange's No Way Home Criticism Is Shot Down By Benedict Cumberbatch

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Benedict Cumberbatch justifies Doctor Strange's spell to aid Peter, claiming that it was cast with good intentions.

After Mysterio revealed his identity in the last moments of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) approached Doctor Strange in the hopes of finding a solution to make the world forget he is Spider-Man. While initially hesitant, Strange agrees to assist his fellow Avenger; nevertheless, the spell swiftly goes astray after Peter unwittingly tampers with it, resulting in a multiversal split in which any number of entities from multiple realities can cross over into the MCU's holy timeline. Strange's choice to aid Peter has been a hot topic of conversation since the first teaser for Spider-Man: No Way Home was published, and now Cumberbatch has added his two cents.

In a recent interview with THR, Cumberbatch highlighted Strange's intentions for assisting Peter, saying that the spell was cast with "positive intention[s]." Bringing up the prior criticism of Strange's spell, Cumberbatch said that, in his view, the spell would have been fine if Peter hadn't stopped Strange in the middle of it, claiming that "everyone forgets" that it was Peter's involvement that led to the disastrous events that followed. "[Strange was] correct to want to aid Peter," Cumberbatch concluded. Cumberbatch's whole quote may be seen below.

"He’s a human being, and I think it was a very human error. He saw Peter as a fellow foot soldier and then as a teenager going through a very formative experience of not being able to be his true self because of being exposed, and having lost a mentor, [Strange] decided to step in with a gesture of pretty good intention.

But people seemed to think, “Well, it’s a very cavalier thing to do.” I think the spell, on its own, might have been all right. Everyone forgets that Peter interrupts the spell so many times, and that’s what corrupted it. That’s what lets it in. Peter, through the ability he has with his powers, affects the spell with his words. It’s not really Strange’s mistake. He’s right to want to help Peter. What kind of superhero would he be if he didn’t want to help another superhero?"

Cumberbatch went on to remark that, in the end, he empathizes with a superhero who makes errors "because of their humanity," and that he is thankful for the chance to portray one. With Strange's spell opening the door to endless possibilities for future MCU stories, it'll be interesting to watch how this multiversal clean-up will affect Strange in this next sequel, as well as how it may lead into future phase 4 projects. With Strange's destiny undetermined, Cumberbatch recently claimed that he has no plans to throw up his cloak just yet, claiming that he still has "a lot left to contribute" to the famous character.

Cumberbatch makes a compelling case for why his efforts to assist Peter in Spider-Man: No Way Home may be justified, at least to some extent. While Doctor Strange is very knowledgeable and would have likely realized the dangers, the sorcerer's decision to follow his heart is one of the more realistic and human sides of Doctor Strange that has been shown throughout his MCU career. It'll be intriguing to watch where the character goes from here as he deals with the ramifications of the multiverse's opening.

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