‘Again with the tentacle monster, Marvel?’

Cee Arr
3 min readSep 11, 2021

General Thoughts on Marvel’s What If…? Episode 4 — What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?

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Warning: this post discusses grief/bereavement, mystical pseudo-murder by devouring (I f**k you not,) and references to porn

This episode has a really awkward title.

Like… I’m not sure how you sum-up *waves hands in circular motions* this episode’s deviation from the main continuity in one sentence, but this is just awkward to me. *shrugs*

Is it bad that I only barely remember Strange’s girlfriend even being in the original film?

No idea her name was Christine.

She really was a flimsy character at best; like, Marvel, if you want me to care about this woman, she’s gotta do more than fawn over Stephen Strange and ask for creme brulee.

And fridging her does not count as giving her character development.

Again with the tentacle monster, Marvel?

You’re just feeding into so much fan-created porn right now, and I have the sneaking suspicion that you know it.

Also… did Strange eat a gnome? Is that something that I actually saw with my own two eyes?

Seriously, Marvel, quit reading the fanfics — or at least not the Dead Doves, JFC. 😅

(Fandom notes:

Dead Dove: Do Not Eat aka Dead Dove is a meme co-opted by fandom, mostly by the more disturbing parts of the Marvel fandom, to label especially disturbing and/or graphic content. It’s dark.

It lets you know that if you read/view the thing despite the tag, you have no recourse to complain to the creator because honestly, what were you expecting?)

Goddammit time travel f**kery!

Like, you introduce all the time travel f**kery to things and it gets very confusing, very quickly.

As in, destroy-the-universe levels of confusing, apparently.

Also, why didn’t Dark!Strange figure out…



Cee Arr

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