Welcome back Marvel fans! Last week we shared our breakdown and thoughts on episode 3 of What If, and if you thought that one was dark, Episode 4 said hold my TEA. Marvel went there and we discover “What If… Doctor Strange lost his heart instead of his hands?” Apparently, the answer to that is UTTER DEVASTATION.
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So this is your spoiler warning if you haven’t seen episode 4 of What If…?
What If Episode 4 Breakdown
Although this week’s episode of What If started off somewhat familiar, things took a turn for the worse pretty quickly. Instead of Strange losing the ability to use his hands in the car accident, Christine dies. This sets him on the path to become a sorcerer. “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.” And he wins. Everything is great until it isn’t. Not being able to let go of the past proves to be his and this timeline’s undoing.
Wong warns him not to mess with the fabric of time but Strange doesn’t listen. We get to watch Christine die 7 more times to drive home the point: if you mess with the timeline BAD things happen. The Ancient One appears and attempts to stop Strange but he escapes to the Library of Cagliostro. It’s the same Cagliostro whose book was stolen in Doctor Strange. There were some comic book tie-ins here and The Watcher gets a little closer to the action than he probably should.
Strange on his quest to fix that point in time begins to absorb the energy of SEVERAL mystical beings, including one familiar beast from Episode 1. The others resemble the other Great Old Ones or the baddie from DuckTales, you decide. Strange Supreme must be stopped and can only be stopped by one person. Doctor Strange.
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One small lighthearted moment later, Doctor Strange is thrown into a meeting with his crazy other self. The showdown isn’t pretty and does not end well, for anyone. The Watcher even talks to Strange, refusing to intervene despite Strange’s pleads. And then the credits roll on the darkest episode of Marvel’s What If..? yet.
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