What the creator of ‘What if …?’ regrets his best episode

If there is something surprising about a work that stands out from the rest, it is that its creator affirms that he regrets a specific aspect of it. We loved it, man; do not give it more laps. But screenwriter AC Bradley, who is in charge of What would happen if…? (since 2021), the animated series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the Disney Plus platform, has quite reasonable reasons to regret a little detail of “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” (1×04).

This is the episode that we can consider the best and most exciting so far and with the most tremendous, different and decidedly honored closing of the variations in the marvelita Multiverse that Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) unleashes in Loki (Michael Waldron, since 2021). So there is nothing to blame him on this matter, but let’s see why.

From the Nexus events of ‘Loki’ to the absolute points of ‘What if …?’

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The commitment of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) in this chapter of What would happen if…? is to prevent by all means let Christine Palmer die (Rachel McAdams). But, if already the Elder (Tilda Swinton) tells Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in Avengers: Endgame (Joe and Anthony Russo, 2019) that it is dangerous to manipulate the timeline, in “What If … Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” warns Doctor Strange of something fundamental:

The passing of his beloved nurse is “an absolute point”, a very important event that should not be changed because it depends on it that the universe does not collapse and that, for that reason, it takes immense power to achieve it. An objective for which the protagonist transforms into the fearsome Doctor Strange Supreme, absorbs himself unfolded by his mentor, saves Christine Palmer and destroys her reality.

On the other hand, as we learned in Loki, “A Nexus event” is any event that deviates the Sacred Timeline from what the One Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) has decreed to avoid the multiversal chaos with which so much violence and suffering occurs, and that the Temporal Variation Authority could without contemplations. So that, in essence, an absolute point and a Nexus event are the same– A cardinal incident that leads the timeline down a certain path.

In the case of What would happen if…?, Christine Palmer was to be eliminated for for Doctor Strange to become Sorcerer Supreme in that specific universe and, as such a superhero, tackle much greater evils, such as the triumph of Dormammu (Benedict Cumberbatch) with the help of Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) or Thanos (Josh Brolin), for now.

Why Ashley C. Bradley Should Have No Regrets

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During a conversation about the Disney Plus series on The GOAT Movie Podcast, the screenwriter A. C. Bradley recognized that I would have preferred to include the absolute point de “What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands?” as a Nexus event.

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What the creator of ‘What if …?’ regrets his best episode