The hangover from Spider-Man: No Way Home continues to circulate through the networks. After the premiere of the film, praised by fans and critics as one of the best in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the theories about each scene of the film follow one another without limits. The last one is the one that talks about the role of Doctor Strange in the same Spider-Man movie.
Opening the mouth for the next magician in the Marvel saga, Doctor Strange and the multiverse of madness, the new theory accepted by Screen Rant is precisely for this character. One of which we could already see a preview in the Spider-Man post-credit scenes showing the usual Strange and the evil version that they presented in chapter 4 of What if…?. Apart from Spider-Man: no way home, it will be the first time that the ravages of the multiverse announced in the Loki series can be palpably seen.
According to the new theory, Doctor Strange from Spider-Man: No Way Home was evil from the start of the film. A version, played as always by Benedict Cumberbatch, which did not resemble the one in the first installment of the film or the one the character had shown in The Avengers.
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Aloof, frivolous, insensitive, or reserved with his decisions throughout the film. These are the adjectives that have defined Strange’s role in his relationship with a Spider-Man looking for a new mentor. It highlights the ease with which Strange offered Peter Parker the spell by which the world would forget who Spider-Man really is – including Aunt May. Despite the serious consequences that this would have for Parker, Strange does not hesitate to throw it without even ruffling his hair, until he loses control of it. A fact that also draws attention to the cruelty of its impact from minute one.
The theory that the version of Doctor Strange from Spider-Man: no way home is evil also goes through his reaction to the villains. They are bad, yes, but the magician does not hesitate to point out that they must die yes or yes. Without giving in to the compassion shown by Spider-Man. Despite being a great wizard – and ultimately to blame for the return of the villains – Strange doesn’t offer his help to the young Spider-Man. He just wants to erase the mistake he has made quickly and without witnesses.
Why is he an evil version of the character? How does this square with the events of what we already know about the new Doctor Strange movie? Do the flaws of the dapper Doctor Strange indicate that the character is hiding something? That is not clear in this theory about the character. But it does point to something weird going on in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And most importantly, we still don’t have all the data on the table.
And yes, Doctor Strange has never been the most social character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s not the nicest either. Arrogant and ambitious from the first appearance of the character, his confrontation with Iron Man is historic. Similar personalities collide from the first moment. Despite everything, the Marvel wizard had always made the right choice at all times.