If you haven’t seen the animated Marvel series What If…? you’re missing quite an entertaining series. The show features some of our favorite Marvel characters primarily voiced by the actual actors who play them in the movies in wildly different scenarios that have become more and more fascinating as the weeks go by.
This week’s episode, What If…Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands? went in a completely unexpected dark direction. No, this episode wasn’t about highlighting an evil Doctor Strange. This episode highlighted the power of grief and what it could do to someone with the powers of someone like Doctor Strange. And of course, because this series is canon, I immediately began to think of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch.
WandaVision was a nine-episode study of grief and the pain it caused a simple town and its inhabitants as Wanda Maximoff accidentally took them by hostage through her own power. This power is called Chaos Magic and it is the most powerful and volatile source of magic in the universe.
Through Chaos Magic Scarlet Witch was able to bring Vision back to life and create two children while also changing the reality of a little town, turning it into her own eutopia inspired daily by different sitcoms. Of course, she ultimately is reminded that she’s an Avenger and undoes the wrong that she has caused but that doesn’t mean she’s not capable of turning back into the woman who will get what she wants, no matter the cost. Remember the haunting words Agatha says to Wanda in the season finale, “It is your destiny to destroy the world.”
Hmm…now that sounds grimly familiar.
Just think about The Watcher’s final words in the latest episode episode: “One life, one choice, one moment, can destroy the entire universe.”
SPOILERS AHEAD for WHAT IF…?
In this episode of What If…? a grief-stricken Doctor Strange yearns to find a way to bring Christine back. He accomplishes his mission but in doing so literally destroys the universe. It’s a shocking conclusion. In fact, it’s the saddest ending to any MCU installment since Infinity War. But why? Why would we see this story?
If this show is indeed canon, which it is, I think this is actually a clue to the future fate of the MCU. I think, down the line, Scarlet Witch will, at some point, actually destroy the world like the prophecy said. But, thanks to the multiverse, we will still have our favorite characters to return and stop Wanda through a multiversal battle (THIS IS APART FROM THE MULTIVERSAL WAR KANG WAS TALKING ABOUT) that would essentially be the Endgame of that phase.
It makes all the sense in the world, doesn’t it? I hope my theory is correct because I can’t wait to see this journey unfold for Scarlet Witch.
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