Trippy New Spider-Man Poster Splits Doctor Strange’s Head In Half

By: Christy Mathew

Due to the titular hero’s multiverse hijinks, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange has his skull split in two in a bizarre fan-made poster for Spider-Man: No Way Home. The third instalment of Tom Holland’s MCU Spider-Man trilogy is slated to be the web-most slinger’s epic adventure yet; as Peter Parker pushes the MCU closer to multiverse encounters.

Holland’s Spidey is threatened by enemies who were last seen fighting Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s incarnations of the wall-crawler in the newly released second teaser; with speculation mounting towards an expected team-up between the three film renditions of the character.

Such events are relatively high-stakes for a friendly neighbourhood hero; which explains Doctor Strange’s involvement. The trailers have established that Peter will see Strange in the first act of the film to ask for a reality-altering spell to undo the reveal of his identity in Spider-Man: Far From Home. 

Unfortunately, Peter disrupts the spell, causing dimensional barriers to break down; and allowing villains like Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Jamie Foxx’s Electro to enter the mainline Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Instagram user spdrmnkyxxiii creates a surreal fan-poster picturing Strange’s skull split in half; revealing Peter in the centre of his own multiverse of lunacy; to symbolise this multiversal insanity. Holland’s Spidey falls amidst a nest of Doc Ock’s arms and Electro’s electricity, with the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bombs also incorporated into the design. Cumberbatch’s head, divided by one of his own portals; shows Holland’s Spidey falling amidst a nest of Doc Ock’s arms and Electro’s electricity; with the Green Goblin’s pumpkin bombs also incorporated into the design.

With Maguire and Garfield’s masks peering in from either side of Strange; the poster adds to the notion of other Spider-Men. The poster is heavily influenced by the most bizarrely designed Doctor Strange comics; which also share a co-creator in Steve Ditko with Spider-Man.

Ditko’s often psychedelic artwork has served as a visual blueprint for both characters for nearly 60 years. The body-horror theme also acts as a nod to the character’s cinematic roots in the genre; with horror filmmakers Scott Derrickson and Sam Raimi directing his debut feature and the future sequel, respectively.

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