In context, this certainly looks like a joke, a friend helping a friend who reached out to him with a quippy one-liner. Derrickson has exited the director’s chair for the Doctor Strange sequel and his ties to the MCU are looser than they’ve been in half a decade, but he’s still probably not confirming major spoilers via Twitter reply.
But — and this is a big “but” — the evidence seems to indicate that it’s a joke with more than a kernel of possibility to it. Said sequel that Derrickson was at one time planning to direct is called Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Something extra-dimensional is presumably going on there. The upcoming streaming series WandaVision also seems set to twist the boundaries of reality in some way. And Derrickson presumably knows as well as anyone how much speculation is out there about a potential Spider-reunion in the third Marvel Studios- and Sony Pictures-produced Spider-Man film.
Behind the scenes, more and more crossover is already happening. The person who replaced Derrickson at the helm of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is three-time Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. J.K. Simmons, the once and future J. Jonah Jameson, returned to the part he originated in Raimi’s movies for Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jamie Foxx has been confirmed to be returning as Electro for the third movie in the MCU’s version of the series, as well. Sure seems like a lot of universes colliding.
The history of cinematic Spider-Men is already looping back on itself, which gives extra credence to the rumors about the possible returns of Spider-alums Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. Everything the MCU impresarios might want from that history seems to be fair game. Thank you, Spider-Verse.
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