What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? Episode Review

It’s Wednesday and we all know this means it’s time for another Marvel review! Today we’re talking about What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?, so continue at your own peril. Spoilers ahead!

What If ... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?
credit: Marvel Studios

What was it about?

Doctor Strange’s entire life changes when he loses Doctor Christine Palmer in an accident rather than his motor skills.

My thoughts?

So, that was quite something! Maybe I will really like every other What If …? reality more than the previous one. This episode truly felt like the Marvel version of a Black Mirror story and I didn’t mind it. That obviously means that the ending was quite depressing, which probably won’t be to everyone’s liking, but if you think about it, it is also not very likely that every reality in the multiverse is a happy one. Let’s break down the events of What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?

  • Stephen Strange and Christine Palmer were on a date. They were goofing off, clearly having a great relationship, when the dreadful car accident happens. Instead of Stephen losing the precise motor skills in his surgeon hands, he loses Christine, the love of his life, instead.
  • I thought it was interesting that his grief for her sent him on the same journey as the despair about his hands did. He traveled the world, eventually trained in the mystic arts and became the Sorcerer Supreme. However, it’s after that, where the story really changes.
What If ... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?
credit: Marvel Studios
  • Unable to let go of the past, Stephen uses the Eye of Agamotto to travel back in time and redo his date with Christine. No matter what he tries, even if he stays away completely, she always dies though. Her death turning out to be an absolute point in time, unchangeable and irreversible.
  • The Ancient One tries to warn and explain to Stephen that he is endangering the entire universe with his obsession, but they fight and he escapes to the lost library of Cagliostro. There, in the midst of all the hidden mystic knowledge, he learns that he can reverse an absolute point in time, but will need more power. This power can be absorbed from other beings. While a regular person would probably stop at the thought of consuming creatures, Doctor Strange goes on to absorb every powerful being, small or big, he can find (yes, the tentacle monster from What If … Captain Carter Were the First Avenger? makes a reappearance) for centuries.
  • What this version of Doctor Strange wasn’t prepared for was the fact that his last interaction with the Ancient One led to a split timeline. All the while he got stronger, there was another half of him, who hadn’t chosen to change time, running around and still being good. This means we got a Doctor Strange vs. Doctor Strange face off.
What If ... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?
credit: Marvel Studios
  • Where a usual Disney or happy storyline would have the good Stephen, the hero, win, this story is not that. The evil and now monstrous looking Doctor Strange cannot convince his counterpart to help him save Christine. So, instead, he even consumes himself, ultimately resurrecting Christine into a crumbling universe.
  • Christine doesn’t recognize Stephen when she comes to. He looks like an amalgamation of all the monsters and creatures he consumed, having no resemblance of his former self anymore. But worst of all, his entire effort was for nothing as Christine starts to disintegrate with the rest of the universe. He had broken the fabric of his reality to the point of no return. Even begging the Watcher himself to help resulted in nothing. So, Stephen created a bubble to shield him and Christine from the destruction, but in the end, he was all alone in vast nothingness.
What If ... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?
credit: Marvel Studios

Something I enjoyed a lot during What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? is the fact that The Watcher was involved, albeit he did not intervene. In one of the earlier scenes, The Watcher talked to us and told us that Stephen was on the wrong path. He could intervene, but the safety of one universe was not more important than the others, while he also didn’t think that Strange would actually listen. However, Stephen did hear him and later directly talked to him. As I said last week, he seems to get more present in the storylines each week. Be it in the imagery or by actually talking with the characters now. I wonder if this will amp up even more in the future.

While I still think that the episodes deserve to be longer to make full use of the storylines and the potential emotional impact, it worked better here than with some previous ones. Once again, there were some fun visual and dialogue references to movies we know. There was a whole montage of how Stephen learned his craft and jokes about his name and hilarious moments with the cloak. At the end of all of this, I might do a personal ranking of all the What If …? episodes. Would anyone be interested in that?


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What did you think of this episode? Did it shake you in any way? Did you agree with my opinion? Let’s talk!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (July 18-24)

trailers

This week we have a sort of SDCC edition of trailers and promos because that is where most (but not all) of them come from. In fact there was so much to choose from that I may have cut it down a little so that the post wouldn’t be too overwhelming … which it will probably still be. Now, before we get started, I just want to give a shout out to all the people who send me links for trailers (like for example you, Rami) because I really appreciate the thought behind that, but you need to trust in me that I will bring the best trailers to you! I have a pretty good network of getting them myself and I get confused if I end up with too many notifications and links. But if I ever do end up missing something essential, please feel free to make me aware of that in the comments!

Movies

Suicide Squad

So, this is probably my least favourite of all the Suicide Squad trailers, but I may just be a little bit in love with the editors nonetheless. Seriously, who is cutting those trailers? THEY SHOULD BE CUTTING EVERYTHING, THEY ARE SO ON POINT!

Justice League

I am more or less excited about this. More, because it packs more humour than the dreadful Batman vs. Superman did, and less because even though they have great casting they completely disregarded the already existing TV universe. I’ll get over it eventually … probably once I can actually see the movie.

Wonder Woman

I know this is a movie about a powerful woman and I don’t want to diminish the awesomeness of that AT ALL, but I do love any movie with one of the Chrises in it (Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Chris I-don’t-even-know)

Doctor Strange

It’s still the comic book adaptation I am least excited about in the near future, but it does look so much better than the first promo we got! It’s just that houses that fold into themselves keep reminding me of Inception, I can’t shake that.

King Arthur

I love the Arthurian legend, usually really enjoy Guy Ritchie’s vision and CHARLIE HUNNAM – I need no further convincing!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

MAGIC! YAY! (Is it weird that I just want the Newt Scamander Pop Figure?)

Kong: Skull Island

Ever since the whole HiddleSwift fiasco, I can’t take Tom all that serious anymore … it’s just weird that this really made him loose some of his credibility in my eyes. However, Brie Larson is awesome, so this is a maybe for me.

The Girl on the Train

Still wondering if I should read the book …

xXx: The Return of Xander

I was honestly not expecting them to make another movie in that franchise.

The LEGO Batman Movie

I guess the first Lego movie was so successful, they have to keep banking in on it. It does look funny though.

Moana

I don’t understand a word BUT CUTENESS!!!!

TV Shows

Sherlock Season 4

I have no words other than FINALLY!

American Gods

It’s a Neil Gaiman adaptation, so I know the hype around it will be big no matter what!

All the Marvel Stuff

(including The Defenders, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Agents of SHIELD, …)

All the DC Stuff

(including Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow …)

Once Upon a Time (Season 6)

They are showing Jafar, but THERE ALREADY IS A JAFAR!!!! They made it very clear that Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland belong together and share characters, so WHY is this a different actor now?

The Vampire Diaries Forever

I think it’s about time this is ending. Better go out with a bang though!

Lucifer Season 2

I need to know more about Mum!

The 100 Season 3

Teen Wolf Season 6

Why do they always put Stiles through the emotional torture?

High Maintenance

I just finished Looking by watching the absolutely fantastic movie they ended with and then I stumbled upon this little promo. HBO always has great content, so I am pumped for this!

Sorry this got so long, but as always, what are you going to watch?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (April 11-17)

trailers

It’s that time of the week again where I present to you some of the latest trailers and promos. Well … Trailers today. I didn’t find anything in the TV-sphere worth mentioning. It happens! What’s really sad on the other hand is that I keep forgetting which month we are in.

Movies

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

So this shows a couple of new things, but it’s still only a teaser. I want something full-length magical! Not that this doesn’t look awesome and the music, oh how I missed hearing those couple notes.

Doctor Strange

I was expecting everyone to rave about this all week long, but no? I don’t want to be a downer here, because it looks cinematically really good, but the story is still too confusing for me. Like I don’t really know what the story of the film is about other than Cumbi becoming Doctor Strange, there has to be a villain or something, right?
However, I really do like the Inception-esque folding of the city. That will look so awesome on the big screen!

Suicide Squad

I’ve shown Suicide Squad trailers before, but each one looks SO AWESOME! And if the actual soundtrack is half as good as the music for the trailers I am going to be one happy blogger.

The Birth of a Nation

This is incredible heartbreaking to watch.

The Secret Life of Pets

I swear, there can’t be enough trailers for this movie, even if I feel if seen half of it already.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Still only feeling meh about it … but then there’s Amell in it and I am wavering …

No Men Beyond This Border

It’s a mockumentary!

Being Charlie

I am so not sure about this one. Probably one that I’d happily watch on a lazy Sunday at home but not in the movie theater.

What are you going to watch? Any favourites?