With everything that has happened in the episodes of two Disney Plus series corresponding to the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – specifically, WandaVision (Jac Schaeffer, 2021) and Loki (Michael Waldron, since 2021) – and the information that has been appearing in the press about Spider-Man: No Way Home (Jon Watts, 2021) and Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Insanity (Sam Raimi, 2022), speculation about these last two films is absolutely unleashed.
And, if we add to that the amazement caused by the extraordinary chapter “What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” (1×04) by What would happen if…? (AC Bradley, since 2021), the musings have reached their most feverish stage. It has been suggested, for example, that wickedly hyper-vitaminized Doctor Strange we’ve seen in animated fiction could appear in Peter Parker’s new adventure.
The trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home has made fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stupid. Not only has it been the unequivocal confirmation that the actors of three villains from the two previous sagas are returning, Spider-man (Sam Raimi, 2002-2007) and The Amazing Spider-Man (Marc Webb, 2012-2014) —Alfred Molina as Doctor Octopus, Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin and Jamie Foxx as Electro—, but the behavior maybe strange from Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) has made viewers look at him with well-founded suspicions.
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And there are already proposals to explain it. One of them is that, with the antecedents of Loki, constitute a variant of the Supreme Sorcerer; and after what happened in What would happen if…?maybe that of the devilish one. Nevertheless, it is very doubtful. His shockingly laughing demeanor, to begin with, differs from that of that wasted Doctor Strange, just as much as his non-dark appearance. He could hide it with magic, yes, and simulate such a mood. But such a powerful guy wouldn’t have to hide like that.
Also, as John Orquiola points out on Screen rant, “What would happen if…? he’s deliberately avoiding the alternate universe settings that will be seen in upcoming Marvel movies. ” And it gives a few examples of what happened behind the scenes. Because “the main screenwriter, AC Bradley, and director Bryan Andrews presented various ideas for the animated series, but some were rejected due to their similarities to the MCU movies”.
One: “The creative team wanted to do an episode about Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) turning into Thor, but that’s the plot of Thor: Love and Thunder [Taika Waititi, 2022]”. Two: “Bradley also had an idea for a Guardians of the Galaxy episode that was scrapped because it was too close to Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 3 [James Gunn, 2023]. And three: “There was also a rejected speech about old Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Professor Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) teaming up, but Avengers: Endgame [Joe y Anthony Russo, 2019] He already did it in live action ”.
Nothing about Doctor Strange Supreme in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, but …
However, a plot is not the same as a specific character, even if he or she can represent it. And the ultimate reason why that haunting wizard of What would happen if…?, which looks like a cross between Doctor Strange and the Thing, will not participate in Spider-Man: No Way Home it is a recent leak, spread by One Take News and then duly confirmed by the well-known nosy DanielRPK on his Patreon account, about what yes it will appear in Doctor Strange 2: The Multiverse of Insanity.
Its importance in the film is not known, but it is known on the set a dark version of the Sanctum Santorum has been built from New York which, well, must belong to him. So, if this news is true and they have not been able to resist returning to Doctor Strange Supreme, he will not return in the third movie starring Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so as not to squeeze him, but only in the second of the sorcerer. Perhaps, with Shuma-Gorath, who has appeared in the episodes “What If … Captain Carter Were the First Avenger” (1×01) and the aforementioned “What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” from What would happen if…? But that is another story.