In chapter four of the Disney Plus series What if…? Doctor Strange lost his heart instead of his hands. And the result was a terrifying story of loss, grief, mourning, and despair. But in addition to showing the darker side of Marvel, what if …? hinted at something more interesting.
Despite its anthological nature and occurring in multiple universes at once, the show seems to connect in subtle ways. And being part of the canon of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is likely that stories are meant to sustain what we will see in the movies. The big question that chapter four posed was of enormous interest: To what extent could the show influence the future of the franchise?
And he did it through a sequence that could have gone unnoticed amid the unfolding of painful and spectacular details of the story. In the midst of Strange’s attempts to accumulate power, the Supreme Sorcerer summoned a group of creatures. And one of them was familiar to all who have seen the first chapter of the series.
Upon opening a dark dimension with a magic seal, a series of tentacles emerged in response to Strange’s summons. A scene very similar to the end of the chapter corresponding to the origin of Captain Carter. In both one and the other, the gigantic creature that was described both times as having “enormous power” can be seen. Is it the same creature?
If confirmed, what if …? begins to take a more than interesting place in the way of analyzing the central history of the franchise. And it could become the context of what is happening once the multiversal door is opened in the final chapter of Loki. In a subtle and elegant way, the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins to link its different productions towards a common point.
‘What if…?’, A quick tour of the possibilities of new heroes
In the last sequence of the first chapter of What if… ?, a monster with several tentacles and a single eye emerged upon being summoned by Red Skull. And although the identity of the creature has not been confirmed, It could be Shuma-Gorath, one of Strange’s traditional enemies.
The appearance of a virtually identical beast in the chapter dedicated to Strange could be a clear connection with several points at once. On the one hand, it’s about the fact that Shuma-Gorath could be the actual villain of the anthology series. That would mean that the new Avengers of the multiverse (whose appearance is rumored to close the season) might have to face the creature.
On the other hand, that there are several universes connected or that they would be connected in future chapters of What if…? At least one of the series trailers has already seen images of some of the characters sharing scenes, or at least what appears to be a battle. Could Shuma-Gorath be the connecting link between all of them?
But the most interesting thing lies in something else. Few details are currently known about what real risk Strange will face in the direct sequel to his origin story. For now, what is clear is the participation of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) in the role of villain. But also that Shuma – Gorath could be featured in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Do you mean then that chapter four of What if …? could it be related to the movie? And if so, could the rest of the chapters have a direct impact on phase four?
And if the Marvel Universe were more interconnected than we think
Until now, the rumor that the content of the animated stories could be related to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe seemed unworkable. After all, most of the arguments in What If …? they had an independent and self-concluding meaning.
But with the appearance of Shuma-Gorath, the line becomes clearer. Could he be the villain of the upcoming Strange sequel?Could the Strange Supreme from chapter four also be the explanation for whatever happens in Spider Man: No Way Home? At the moment it’s unclear how the different interdimensional villains will make their way into the central story.
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There were also rumors that Captain Carter herself would appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But for now it all seemed part of the expectation of fans about the future of Marvel. But with Shuma – Gorath becoming the villain to beat in What if …? things could change.
So much so that the big question about phase four is answered satisfactorily. How much of the series and movies will interact on a large scale? Maybe chapter four of What If…? just give the answer.