Marvel'sWhat If..? changed the game in the previous run with the way the MCU tells its stories in various canon alternate realities and the anthology series is now showing some connection even with Uatu. Episode 5 is up next, here is everything you need to know from the release date and time for your countdown, spoilers, theories, leaks, previews, plots, and more.
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What Happened in Marvel's What If..? Episode 4?
In Marvel's What If..? Episode 4, What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?, Doctor Strange had to face the darkest path he would ever take in his life and it would not be an easy feat as he faces the most formidable enemy he would ever be going up against in his life – himself, and more importantly, this is the first time a character connected to Uatu, the Watcher, and it fits that it is the Sorcerer Supreme.
In the episode, we see the loss of Doctor Strange as Dr. Christine Palmer, the love of his life dies. As explained by The Ancient One, in this timeline, Christine's death was the start of the journey of Strange, and without such an absolute point in time, he would not have defeated evils like Dormammu and the dark dimension.
Grief-stricken Strange cannot accept the fact that despite having control over time, he cannot bring Christine back and no matter what he does, she will always end up dying, whatever the circumstance would be. The Ancient One had to make a tough call – tap into the dark dimension to let Strange's two versions coexist while he searches for answers on his own.
Strange went to look for the library of Cagliostro where he met O-Bengh, the librarian, and he conjured tons of spells and learned various things to be able to bring her back to life. However, as we learned, the paradox is not that simple. What the other one does will affect the life of the other.
This is why when the dark version of Strange consumed so much power from various magical beings, the other who was just guarding the Sanctum had his reality affected as the dark dimension is finally spilling up into the other. To stop the other, Strange must face himself.
He had to battle his desire with the delusion that he could bring Christine back to life without sacrificing a whole universe for it. He became selfish while the other became selfless. O'Bengh, after all, was right. He was only half the man he was supposed to be. In the end, while he was able to bring Christine back to life, he got so consumed by the powers of the mystical beings and looked like a monster.
The universe he was existing in was obliterated and for the first time, interaction with Uatu was made. Uatu claims that he is no god, but so isn't Strange, so the universe that carries their reality just collapsed since he can only watch, not intervene. It shows the limitations on what Uatu could do, on what he could only control.
The end of the episode was a tragic one with Strange imprisoned in his own failed universe and he had to accept the fact that it was his own doing that brought said reality into the brink of collapse.
Where to Watch Marvel's What If..? Episode 5?
Disney+ exclusively streams Marvel's What If..? along with all the other Marvel series released or upcoming as announced for Phase Four of the MCU. The series is Rated TV-14. Disney+ also has the series available in 4k for better viewing.
When is the Release Date and Time of Marvel's What If..? Episode 5?
Marvel's What If..? Episode 5 Countdown
For the first time, a character connected with Uatu, and Strange kept feeling his presence throughout. Being a watcher, he could not interfere but is there something he can do with these alternate timelines other than simply look at it and tell their stories? Let's see what happens next on Marvel's What If..?