Warning: spoilers ahead for episode 4 of What If…?
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige was left in awe when he watched the latest episode of What If…?, which fans have described as the ‘saddest story’ ever portrayed in the MCU with the depiction of Doctor Strange’s heartbreak.
In episode 4 of What If…?, the animated Marvel series imagines what would have happened in the multiverse if neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) hadn’t sought out the mystic arts after losing the use of his hands, but instead suffered the loss of the love of his life, Dr Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams).
While speaking to Metro.co.uk, editors Joel and Graham Fisher recalled how Kevin reacted when he saw the story play out, which ends with the devastating realisation that Doctor Strange has caused the utter destruction of his universe in his attempt to reverse Christine’s death.
Fans couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw the scenes unfold, with some saying it was even more devastating than Avengers: Infinity War, when half of the universe was Snapped out of existence by Thanos (Josh Brolin).
Joel explained that the incredibly dark nature of the episode was exactly what they had aimed for, with Kevin encouraging them to push the show even further.‘That was ultimately the goal in this episode,’ he said. ‘The script was incredible from Ashley Bradley. The direction from Bryan Andrews was amazing. And then the boarding process… Kevin Feige, he got to the end of the episode with the animatic screening and he said, “That was amazing, I can’t even, I don’t even know how…”. He’s like, “This is amazing.”’
Despite the awe he felt about the painful end to the tale, Kevin questioned how the episode could be pulled off in the final cut, Joel said.
‘He’s like, “I don’t know how our vendors will even pull this off.” Like, the visuals, all the crazy fights and various other things that happen,’ the editor said.
Nonetheless, Kevin insisted that they ‘keep pushing it’ and explore where their imagination could take them.
‘I think that was one of the exciting things in this series, is the opportunity to just be kind of a test kitchen almost for Marvel to see what directions can we take all of this and to play within the amazing stories that are already there and just do these crazy things, like this episode,’ Joel added.
Joel’s brother and coworker Graham reiterated the message they received from Kevin to push the envelope, saying that Kevin ‘would constantly keep asking the crew to keep pushing it, go as far as you can, be as bold as you want and really, really push the limits of the animation.’
After watching the fourth episode of What If…?, fans have been left wondering how the story could impact other MCU releases, including Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Some have speculated whether the animated show has hinted at a similar eventuality occurring in the live-action films or TV shows, with the recently-released Spider-Man trailer spelling mayhem across the multiverse.
Of the many fans expressing their sadness over the Doctor Strange What If…? episode, one expressed their disbelief over how ‘painful’ the story turned out to be.
‘My freaking god that #WhatIf episode was freaking sad and tragic, and that ending and the “Is she worth the pain?” scene, what a show I literally cried,’ another said.
What If…? Is available to watch on Disney Plus with new episodes released on Wednesdays.
Credit: Original article published here.