Doctor Strange may be the Sorcerer Supreme, but What If…? episode 4 demonstrates he’s a bad driver – here are the Easter eggs from Disney+’s latest episode. The latest edition of What If…? takes the main premise of 2016’s Doctor Strange standalone film and changes it. What if Strange learned magic because he lost Christine Palmer, rather than taking up mystic arts because he lost his hands? As expected, the outcome is a darker Strange, anxious to resurrect his girlfriend via esoteric ways, and willing to defy anybody – including himself – to do so.
What If…Doctor ?’s Strange episode, which has a little more hands-on role for Jeffrey Wright’s Watcher, is a time-twisting event that posits another intriguing wrong turn in MCU history. Strange is the only character from What If…? to interact with the strange cosmic spectator so far. Wright is joined by Benedict Cumberbatch (Strange), Rachel McAdams (Palmer), Tilda Swinton (The Ancient One), and Benedict Wong (The Ancient One) (Wong).
What If…? gives fans lots of callbacks and Easter eggs from both the MCU and larger Doctor Strange comic canon as Strange messes up the timeline. Audiences may recognise winks in the speech, recognizable tentacles, and repeated rituals from prior Strange experiences. All of the Easter eggs from What If…? episode 4 are listed below.
Strange’s Car Crash Copies His Solo Movie
What Would Happen If…? Stephen Strange, master surgeon, travels to a conference honoring his medical achievements in episode 4. This scene is based on Strange’s solo film from 2016, however, there are a few important variations. To begin with, Strange is being honored for undergoing a major hemispherectomy, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s MCU character was at a regular Neurological Society banquet. Strange has managed to keep Rachel McAdams’ Christine from being pushed away, which is a major divergence. What if this happened? Stephen Strange, the master surgeon, travels to a conference honoring his medical accomplishments in episode 4. This scene is based on Strange’s solo film from 2016, however, there are a few notable variations. For starters, Strange is being honored for undergoing a major hemispherectomy, but Benedict Cumberbatch’s MCU character was at a regular Neurological Society banquet. Strange has managed to keep Rachel McAdams’ Christine from being pushed away, which is the more significant departure.
“Cagliostro” is the sorcerer who originally discovered the Eye of Agamotto, according to Strange. In the normal MCU timeline, Benedict Cumberbatch examines the Book of Cagliostro to discover the foundations of time travel, and Kaecilius swipes a few pages from it before summoning Dormammu. This isn’t the only time the mysterious Cagliostro will be explored in What If…? episode 4.
Strange IS The Sorcerer Supreme
Doctor Strange is either the Sorcerer Supreme or he isn’t, according to the MCU. On the one hand, after the Ancient One’s death, he became the leader of Sanctum Sanctorum; on the other hand, he doesn’t appear to have the same authority as Tilda Swinton’s character, and he hasn’t been officially mentioned as the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme. The Watcher verifies Stephen acquired the Ancient One’s full title in the closing act of Doctor Strange while reviewing the Dark Dimension struggle against Dormammu.
Reused Doctor Strange Scenes
What If…? has already animated crucial scenes from Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man 2 and The Incredible Hulk, and Doctor Strange will get the same treatment in episode 4. We learn basic mystic arts at Kamar-Taj, test the Time Stone on an apple, the Ancient One’s death in hospital, and, of course, “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.” We get depressed Strange during his “hippy traveller” phase, learning basic mystic arts at Kamar-Taj, testing the Time Stone on an apple, the Ancient One’s death in hospital, and, of course, “Dormammu, I Because Strange’s hands aren’t harmed in this reality, various scenarios play out differently, such as Strange being skilled with the sling ring.
Christine’s Deaths Replaces Strange’s
During the course of destroying Dormammu in 2016’s Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch dies numerous times in a variety of ways. He is eviscerated, impaled, squished, and strangled several times, but each time he uses the Time Stone to undo his death. In What If…?, Strange accomplishes the same thing, but this time it’s Christine who learns 100 possible ways to die. There’s a car accident, a heart attack, a shooting, and an explosion, and the Eye of Agamotto is used to replay the same scene again and over.
The Ancient One’s Return Copies The Comics
When the Ancient One died in Doctor Strange, she drew power from the Dark Dimension in order to have one last discussion with her successor before vanishing forever into the ether. Ms. One returns from the dead in What If…? through a spiritual projection thrown through a splinter in reality… or something. This could explain how Tilda Swinton might return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future, but the idea comes straight from the books.
The original Ancient One (Yao) was defeated in combat by Shuma-Gorath (more on him later), but his spirit survived as a cosmic entity, resurfacing later to choose Strange’s Sorcerer Supreme replacement, giving Tilda Swinton’s animated comeback a comic book grounding.
Strange Does Loki’s Fall
Strange struggles to get admission to the mysterious Library of Cagliostro until a mystic portal appears beneath him. The sorcerer plummets to the ground below, lands face down, and then raises his head, looking pitiful. When Strange is summoned by his parallel self 10 minutes later, he has a very identical experience. Both of these falls are reminiscent of Loki’s in Thor: Ragnarok when Strange sent the God of Mischief hurtling through multiple universes for 30 minutes as he and Thor conversed.
Loki was not pleased when he returned to Sanctum Sanctorum. Loki’s fall has now become something of a signature for the character, appearing several times in Tom Hiddleston’s Disney+ standalone series. Strange is given a taste of his own medicine in What If…?
The mysterious O’Bengh, the keeper of Cagliostro’s book collection, greets Strange and appears to have no problem with monsters being summoned on library grounds. O’Bengh is actually Cagliostro himself in the Marvel comics, despite the fact that What If…? gives no clue of this character’s background. Cagliostro/O’Bengh, a foe of Doctor Strange, was a great and ancient sorcerer who not only studied the Darkhold (the terrible book seen in WandaVision), but also trained Doctor Doom. There’s no hint that What IfO’Bengh …’s is as twisted as Cagliostro, but Strange does wonder if the keeper is Cagliostro himself when he first arrives.