A piece of Marvel fan art pokes fun at how Doctor Strange’s Spider-Man: No Way Home spell could easily have neutralized Thanos’ threat in Infinity War.
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Spider-Man: No Path Home.
Doctor Strange might have been able to easily defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin) if he used the spell he cast Spider-Man: No Path Home in Avengers: Infinity War. Benedict Cumberbatch’s MCU wizard recently joined Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) latest adventure. The crawler reached out to the wizard as he battled the offshoots of Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) revealing his superhero identity in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
With Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter’s first mentor in the MCU, gone, Spider-Man sought out Doctor Strange instead. Strange is the only other Avenger Spider-Man who has had a personal relationship with, after the couple worked closely in Avengers: Infinity War. In a desperate gesture, Peter asked the wizard to make the audience forget about his superhero character. While it was possible, the fact that Doctor Strange no longer had the Time Stone made things a little trickier. The wizard was forced to cast a dangerous spell, which, unfortunately, was corrupted due to Peter’s repeated interference. However, it is speculated that the wizard could have solved the young hero’s problem by Spider-Man: No Path Home if he was able to perform the spell correctly.
With that established, a new Marvel fan-art from the Reddit user u / FictionFantom suggests that Doctor Strange had cast the same spell in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos would have been defeated faster. All the wizard had to do was make the Mad Titan forget about his misguided goal of killing half the universe for the sake of balance. The art is titled jokingly “Alternate ending of Infinity War.” Check out the post below:
Since Avengers: Infinity War came to the movies, he has been dissected countless times by fans. Its complex narrative makes it very interesting for fans who like to propose “What if?” scenarios, and this Spider-Man: No Path Home the scene is one of them. When the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed movie came out, no one knew Doctor Strange was capable of casting this kind of spell, so no one suggested it. But now that he’s confirmed to be part of his arsenal, it’s easy to retroactively apply Strange’s ability to previous MCU storylines. Discussions of this particular alternate ending are fun, but from a storytelling standpoint, it shouldn’t be used to demolish Avengers: Infinity War and how it shaped the Infinity Saga and the MCU.
When it comes to Marvel’s canon, casting the spell clearly has ramifications. And while Doctor Strange and Spider-Man were able to deal with the arrival of multiversal villains in the main MCU of Spider-Man: No Path Home, it remains to be seen what other unintended consequences the wizard’s actions may have created. If anything, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of MadnessThe teaser hints that issues with Doctor Strange’s multiverse are far from over. Sadly, he will have to face it all again without the Time Stone after abandoning it in Avengers: Infinity War, which will undoubtedly lead to more disastrous consequences.
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Source: u / FictionFantom/ Reddit
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