DWhat would happen if …? The series may seem at first glance like a superhero fantasy work, a place for Marvel animators to pick up on outlandish ideas that would never make it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper. There’s the episode where all the Avengers are killed one by one, and another where T’Challa becomes Star-Lord. Both are entertaining, but unlikely to carry over into mainstream continuity. And then there’s one where (spoilers later) Doctor Strange goes evil and ends up fighting a good version of himself before destroying an entire reality.
What if … Doctor Strange lost his heart instead of his hands? Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) repeatedly fights to turn back time (easy enough with the Time Stone) and save his girlfriend Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) from certain death (seemingly impossible). It turns out that, in this reality, Palmer is destined to die in the car accident as a result of which Strange lost the use of his hands and embarked on the path that ultimately led to him assuming the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme in the mainstream. timeline. And if not, then at some point and in another place that very night. Regardless of what Strange does on the night in question, she ends up dying, as in a perpetual nightmare Groundhog Day.
The psychedelic superhero, despite being warned by Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One that this is a very, very bad idea, begins looking for ways to increase his power by absorbing it from various monstrous multi-limbed interdimensional beings on an alternate plane (for those who have not read the comics, always goes crazy in the company of the good Doctor). The Elder eventually tires of all this nonsense and splits the Sorcerer Supreme in two, but the good version quickly loses to the bad (now known as “Supreme Stranger” and looks like an extra from a My Chemical Romance video), which still finds himself unable to bring Christine back. State a kind of reverse Big Bang when all reality implodes.
It’s a fascinating 35 minutes, but could it be more than that? Fans have started to speculate that the evil Doctor Strange here could be the same one that appeared last week. in the latest trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Certainly, this would explain why the Sorcerer Supreme seen in the three-minute promo seemed to have lost every last ounce of his usual cosmic wisdom.
In summary, the No Way Home trailer reveals that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will ask Strange to help him with the secret identity issue that developed mid-credits in 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, at the that Mysterio, the vengeful Jake Gyllenhaal, ratted out Parker as Spider. -Man. This has proven more than inconvenient for Parker and those around him.
The big question here is why would Strange try to cast a spell to restore Spider-Man’s incognito status, especially when Wong, played by Benedict Wong, warns him that there will be dangerous consequences? This is the kind of reckless, arrogant, inconsiderate Stephen Strange we’ve only seen (in live-action movies) in the early stages of 2016’s Doctor Strange, prior to his training with the Ancient One. Since then, he has made the right, selfless calls over and over again in what appears to be his infinite wisdom, even temporarily sacrificing himself for the greater good during Avengers: Infinity War.
And yet here he is, unleashing a chain of events that seems to culminate in an interdimensional heist in which Spider-villains from other realities (OK, other studios) start showing up in New York to fight Peter Parker from the MCU. We already know that Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock (from Sony’s Spider-Man 2) and Jamie Foxx’s Electro (from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from the same studio) will be making appearances, and there are strong hints in the trailer that Willem’s Green Goblin Dafoe (from 2002’s Spider-Man) will join them.
This isn’t the Doctor Strange we’re used to seeing, except for the Disney + episode mentioned above.
The reality is that while the What If …? The series is canonical, it is highly unlikely that Marvel will make it easy for us to solve the events of No Way Home. But there’s probably something fun going on with Strange. Maybe it’s a different evil overlord sorcerer, or maybe it’s the one featured in What If …? We’ll probably only find out when the movie opens in December, though you do see him sporting purple tentacles and a weird emo look in future trailers, maybe humming alongside Welcome to the black parade, the speculation that Strange Supreme is back should continue.
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