Marvel

Here’s Why Doctor Strange Was Evil In No Way Home

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, there is evidence to support the claim that Doctor Strange was evil from the beginning. Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role as Doctor Strange in the latest MCU film. Nonetheless, he doesn’t seem to be himself in this one. Even before No Way Home was released, the actions of Doctor Strange seemed a little off. This is particularly because of his enthusiasm to help Peter Parker with a spell that could have a devastating impact.

For an Avenger, his lack of empathy for the multiversal villains he has amassed seems particularly callous. There are no scenes that feature only Doctor Strange or his point of view. This deepens the mystery of what’s really going on with him. Furthermore, there are no scenes that feature only Dr. Strange or his perspective on what’s happening.

The entire sequence of casting the spell itself further proves that Strange was not himself in No Way Home. Despite Wong’s warning, Strange goes ahead and casts the spell as if it were nothing. Strange’s lack of control over what he’s doing. This and the lack of explanation to Peter before casting the spell imply that something is awry with the good doctor.

Young Strange Was Full Of Self-Importance And Competitiveness

Dr. Strange’s brash arrogance stems from his early days as a successful surgeon. This, and that he has always been a bit of a crank. As a result of his character’s power-hungry nature, this can have devastating consequences for anyone. Sorcerer Supreme’s abilities fascinate him after his car accident in Dr. Strange. Furthermore, after being exposed to what he could learn from him, he becomes obsessed with mastering those abilities. His newfound powers lead him to do good deeds, but even the tiniest deviation from that path could have changed his life.

A Sling Ring portal (another hint at Strange’s penchant for lack of sympathy toward villains) helps Thor and Loki locate Odin in Thor: Ragnarok. A more heroic role is shown in his last two appearances in the Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. He is shown to be combative with Tony Stark, jockeying for position over ego. Dr. Strange has always acted in the best interest of the MCU. However, his rebellious nature and arrogant nature could easily lead him down the wrong path.

How Easy Would it Be for Doctor Strange to Turn Evil?

After Christine Palmer is killed in his fatal car accident rather than his hands being mangled, the villainous side of Doctor Strange has already been explored in What If…? season 1. In an alternate version of events, Strange explores the mystical arts. However, he becomes fixated on going back in time to save Palmer. His attempts to save her have always ended in her death, which Strange cannot bear.

To become an all-powerful sorcerer, he begins soaking up other magical beings to accomplish his goal of saving Christine with no regard for the consequences. In the end, he transforms into “Strange Supreme” and battles his good self, whom he absorbs to gain sufficient power to save Christine. It shows that he has destroyed the universe for nothing. This further leaves him to mourn alone in a narrow niche of what’s left. Strange could go to great lengths to achieve total and complete evil when confronted with such a conundrum in the MCU’s current reality.

Something odd about Dr. Strange

Doctor Strange in Spider-Man: No Way Home appears to have lost his touch after becoming the new heir apparent to the title of Sorcerer Supreme by the end of his first solo film. As a result of Strange’s five-year hiatus in Avengers: Infinity War, Wong has assumed the role of Sorcerer Supreme in the Marvel Universe. In the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, Strange helped out, but his magical prowess in No Way Home lacks the precision and focus he is known for. Strange’s demeanor toward Wong when he warns him about the dangers of casting it is almost rebellious. That Strange is so eager to mess with the multiverse after saving half of the universe is a little odd. A lack of compassion in refusing to acknowledge that he had the spell altered from the start implies he’s not quite himself.

Also, it’s strange that he assigns Peter Parker to gather up a group of multiverse villains on his own. Assuming that he’s trying hard to keep the mishap a secret, it appears that he’s enlisting the help of more sorcerers or other Avengers. Is it possible that erasing Spider-Man’s history and opening the door to a multiverse for evil forces was all part of Doctor Strange’s plan all along? It begs the question.

Doctor Strange’s Suspicious Stance On Death

When the multiverse’s villains first appear, Strange not only commands Spider-Man to capture them, but he’s also ready to execute them at a moment’s notice. The first time Spider-Man encounters these new villains in NWH, he discovers that they can be revived or captured. This leads to him possibly saving the day in various timelines/multiverses. However, Strange is adamantly opposed to this idea. Spider-Man and Dr. Strange engage in an epic battle of good and evil rather than a simple moral disagreement.

One would think that Strange would indeed be open to saving lives after saving half the universe. However, in this case, he wants them gone at the press of a literal button. He doesn’t see it as a greater good. Instead, as a problem, he does not have to deal with (or, again, a secret he doesn’t want to reveal). Spider-Man: No Way Home’s villains are killed by a tyrannical Dr. Strange, demanding that they be put to death without a proper trial or hearing. Strange’s relentless focus on sending everybody to their doom, as well as erasing his botched spell, up until the very end appears to be desperate rather than heroic.

First Look at the Evil Doctor Strange in Doctor Strange 2

The end credits scene is the most obvious hint of an evil Doctor Strange. Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch,, was the first person Strange enlisted to help him in his dark arts endeavors. However, the final shot shows Strange facing off against an evil version of himself who looks strikingly like Strange Supreme from What If…?

A possible explanation for the “evil” Doctor Strange’s explanation to the “good” Strange is that “things just got out of hand,” which could be part of a larger explanation. In No Way Home, this teased scene from the sequel is more than likely to shed light on Strange’s behavior. This possibly implies that he was under the influence of dark forces that he had no control over. All will be revealed when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is released on May 6th, 2022.