In the recently released trailer for ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, Dr. Strange was shown casting an incautious spell. Fans are beyond ecstatic to watch the upcoming Tom Holland starrer Spider-Man movie. However, there were some who felt that Doctor Strange’s actions were inconsistent with his appearance in ‘Avengers: Endgame’. The fans’ claim here is that Dr. Strange appeared to be acting “strangely”. As ironic as that sounds, episode 4 of ‘What If…?’ represents a better view of the character.
At the end of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’, Peter Parker’s life and reputation are flipped upside down when Mysterio exposes his secret identity as Spider-Man. As a result, Parker is forced to understand what it means to truly be Spider-Man. As seen in the ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ teaser, Peter Parker is seen seeking help from Dr. Strange to erase his not-so-secret identity from the world.
Even though Master Wong warns him strongly against it as he leaves for his portal, Dr. Strange goes ahead with casting a spell. However, that spell causes the multiverse to collapse in on itself. The repercussions of this spell will also be seen in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Episode 4 of ‘What If…’ shows Strange trying to modify the chronology. He does so in a new way where an evil version of Doctor Strange is created that threatens to destroy the cosmos of this particular time period.
While trying to defeat Strange, the Ancient One attempts to divide him in two by siphoning tremendous magic from the Dark Dimension, which causes his evil and good pathways to occur simultaneously within the timeframe. In ‘What If…?’ a future version of Stephen Strange warns him that dividing the chronology to rescue the world might not have been the “simplest or wisest” way to do it.
When asked about it, the Ancient One dismisses it as “very dangerous”. Doctor Strange was trained in the mystic arts by the Ancient One, which explains why when Peter Parker comes to ask for help, Strange’s training doesn’t seem to have stopped him from acting impulsively and in a risky manner.
The ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ version of Doctor Strange may look very different from the Strange seen in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, but he’s actually very similar as seen in the OG movie. As seen in the original movie, Doctor Strange’s character is impulsive and irresponsible, stealing books from the library and breaking regulations in his quest to learn more and solve his problems.
In comparison, Doctor Strange in the Avengers movies might appear like a benign figure. In all truth, the character is actually facing a universe-wide calamity. He is cursed with knowledge bestowed by the Time Stone and is also on-screen with even more irresponsible characters like Iron Man and Star-Lord.
‘What If…?’ episode 4 and the trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home both employ the same method to reference Stephen Strange’s rejection of Wong when he was working as the librarian in Spider-Man 2. As soon as Strange has an idea, Wong sees it, warns him against it, and then lets him make his own decision. It’s true that Doctor Strange is now the Sorcerer Supreme, but he’ll always be the same Stephen Strange. Yes, the one who chafes against an authority that attempts to deny him his goal of doing something great and showing off his power, regardless.
Now that the “mistake” has been rectified, Let’s have a look at some of the crazy fan theories behind Doctor Strange’s impulsive spell. One fan on Twitter believes that Peter was not the one behind Dr. Strange’s spell. This is what they had to say;
Another fan feels that Dr. Strange from both universes might swap places with each other. As daring as this sounds, this could turn out to be true, as well. These are what the fans’ thoughts were;
A third fan shared that to them, the reason behind this spell could be because Spider-Man No Way home could be the last MCU Spider-Man film. Here’s what the Tweet read;