If you haven’t seen the animated Marvel series What If…? you’re missing quite an entertaining series. The show features some of our favorite Marvel characters primarily voiced by the actual actors who play them in the movies in wildly different scenarios that have become more and more fascinating as the weeks go by.
This week’s episode, What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? went in a completely unexpected dark direction. No, this episode wasn’t about highlighting an evil Doctor Strange. This episode highlighted the power of grief and what it could do to someone with the powers of someone like Doctor Strange. And of course, because this series is canon, I immediately began to think of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch.
WandaVision was a nine-episode study of grief and the pain it caused a simple town and its inhabitants as Wanda Maximoff accidentally took them by hostage through her own power. This power is called Chaos Magic and it is the most powerful and volatile source of magic in the universe.
Through Chaos Magic Scarlet Witch was able to bring Vision back to life and create two children while also changing the reality of a little town, turning it into her own eutopia inspired daily by different sitcoms. Of course, she ultimately is reminded that she’s an Avenger and undoes the wrong that she has caused but that doesn’t mean she’s not capable of turning back into the woman who will get what she wants, no matter the cost. Remember the haunting words Agatha says to Wanda in the season finale, “It is your destiny to destroy the world.”
Hmm…now that sounds grimly familiar.
Just think about The Watcher’s final words in the latest episode episode: “One life, one choice, one moment, can destroy the entire universe.”
I knew this week’s episode of What If…? was going to feature Doctor Strange Supreme a.k.a Evil Doctor Strange but what I did not realize was that Marvel Studios was about to reach into my chest, take my heart, and rip it to pieces with a 30-minute story that honestly felt like a miniature movie.
The past three episodes have been fun to watch but they did feel a bit rushed, specifically last week’s episode which reached a conclusion that felt like a sudden stop after a compelling previous twenty-five minutes. This episode does not suffer from that. No. It has a tragic beginning, an intriguing middle, and a what-the-heck! ending.
After months of clamoring for the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer it is finally here. I have some thoughts but first, here it is.
I’m first going to start with the obvious positives.
A) Doctor Strange is back, has turned the lobby of the Sanctum Sanctorum into Antarctica (lol), and now the multiverse has been opened thanks to Peter not being able to stop talking. That’s totally on brand for Peter’s character and is definitely hilarious.
B) We’re totally about to get the Sinister Six and I am here for it.
It’s the last part of this updated ranking and now we’ve reached my new and improved top ten characters in the MCU moment. Some things will stay the same but there will definitely be some changes so, with no further delay, here are my ten favorite characters.
I’ve said this multiple times but her drunken entrance into the MCU was the instance that made me realize I loved this lady. She wasn’t your typical, flawless heroine who’s eye candy and a potential love interest for the male protagonist. She was a tough, heavy-drinking warrior lady with nice biceps and an even nicer sword/outfit to match.
When Valkyrie made her return in Endgame I loved her even more, specifically with her beautiful Pegasus and new spear. She’s always been one of my favorite characters and now I can’t wait to see her being King of Asgard.
9. Black Panther
King T’Challa is one of the greatest characters ever brought to the big screen. I mean, he’s an African king who just so happens to also be a superhero! How awesome is that?!
To think that Chadwick Boseman won’t be a part of the MCU anymore moving forward due to his passing last August is honestly still one of the most heartbreaking things that could happen. We’ll see how Ryan Coogler handles his death and how it fits into the sequel in a powerful, moving way but he will always remain one of my favorite Marvel characters for his epic contribution from 2016-19.
Spider-Man: No Way Home is pretty much the most highly-anticipated Marvel movies this year. Far from Home with such a wild cliffhanger that we’ve all been waiting to see what would happen next but now…with Loki opening the multiverse, it looks like things are going to get really, really interesting in the MCU.
Our first look at Spider-Man: No Way Home actually has nothing to do with a trailer but toys and it’s actually kind of awesome.
Since the trailer for Eternals has come out fans have been clamoring for the first official teaser of Spider-Man: No Way Home and while I’m pretty sure we won’t be getting the teaser (then again, maybe we will) there is a chance we’ll see it sometime this month ahead of the premiere of Black Widow. So, until then, here are some things I really want to see in the teaser.
My Favorite Marvel Superhero, Doctor Strange!
There were rumors that we’d be getting Doctor Strange as the new mentor-type character in this third Spider-Man installment and I want to know if that’s true or not. Of course, he may simply be in a post-credits scene but I would love it if he does play a sizable role in the actual film. Especially considering how much fun it was to see them interact in Infinity War.
A New and Improved Look for Foxx’s Electro
Jamie Foxx is a great actor and yet he was turned into what I feel is the worst adaptation of a comic book villain ever in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. His design was atrocious and it distracted from his part in the story. I hope to see his return in the teaser with an updated design that isn’t so aesthestically displeasing.
Considering that this will be nothing more than a teaser I don’t know what else to expect. Apparently Alfred Molina is returning to reprise his role as Doctor Octopus so we should see what happens with that but besides that tidbit of information I am very much in the dark about this movie and I can’t wait to see what it’s going to be about.
What do you want to see in the teaser? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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