His appearance is scheduled for the day after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hits theaters. In the Sam Raimi-directed film, Cumberbatch will reprise his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the titular character who is this time grappling with the complexities of the multiverse. Back in 2016, the actor initially made his debut on SNL when he was promoting the first Doctor Strange movie.
Cumberbatch’s forthcoming appearance on SNL was announced in the midst of this week’s episode which featured Lizzo pulling double duty as host and musical guest. Season 47 of SNL has featured a wide range of hosts including Kim Kardashian, John Mulaney, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Rudd and Billie Eilish, who appeared as both host and musical guest.