‘Doctor Strange 2’ and the MCU’s Cameos need to stop

When Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield appeared Spider-Man: There is no room for home As Peter Parkers’ alternate universe, I cried. When a large number of inscription appeared in Doctor Strange in a multiverse of madnessevoked a similar feeling of joy – empty disappointment immediately followed.

This is what I was afraid of: Huge success for No Way Home, which brought back Spider-Men from two previous franchises, launched a trend inspired by the multiverse. But No Way Home actually allowed us to spend time with Maguire and Garfield, who brought soul and passion and forged a real connection with Tom Holland’s version of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Doctor Strange’s engraving isn’t very good either.

I can’t go on without entering spoilers, so this is your warning. We also have separate Explanation of the end And the list of WTF questions the movie left us with, if you can’t get enough of the movie.

The flick’s most exciting moment comes around Halfway Point, when Doctor Strange finds himself in an alternate universe in which multiverse travel is a well-conceived concept. This universe created the “Illuminati” board, a board full of fan-favorite characters. fans It is already expected that Patrick Stewart will see Professor Xavieralthough the scene of him rolling into the frame in his signature yellow wheelchair, straight from the ’90s animated series, elicited enthusiastic shouts.

Then there was Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter, fresh from the first episode of the Disney Plus series What If, the sudden appearance of Anson Mount’s Black Bolt from Swift. The ABC series Inhumans has been canceled and forgottenand Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambo plays Captain Marvel in this universe.

However, the biggest cheer came with the appearance of John Krasinski as Reed Richards, or Mr. Fantastic. Krasinski has always been a fan favorite for playing the classic Marvel character.

With an astonishing mix of distinct (Stuart) and new (Krasinsky) faces, the Illuminati seemed poised to open a new chapter in the MCU, one that would lead to different universes and exciting storytelling possibilities. Get ready for a road trip, right?

None of the characters last 10 minutes.

Instead of exploring these characters, as No Way Home did with Maguire and Garfield, the film primarily uses the Illuminati as cannon fodder, with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) trying to get to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez (Zuchitel Gomez).

I admit it was fun watching how they were sent (in a very horrific way from Sam Raimi…but then a sense of emptiness ensued. All this potential was wasted. No bets because you don’t spend any time with these characters to care what happens to them.

Sure, there’s a chance we’ll see some of these characters (maybe on a Disney Plus show), or at least a version of them, but there was an overwhelmed feeling that all that excitement and anticipation wasn’t in vain.

Then I thought the last time I felt this way, it was another Marvel property. Wandavision sparked a potential groundbreaking development when it introduced Evan Peters as Wanda Petro’s brother. Peters played a version of Pietro in the X-Men films, leading to speculation that this represented a crack in the walls of the multiverse that would introduce mutations in the MCU.

Not so, as the show revealed Peters as Westview resident Ralph Bonner, the subject of a worthwhile joke and events made falls more difficult as the rug was pulled from under us.

This isn’t the first time the MCU has used our predictions against us – iron man 3 mandarin It ended up being a comedian played by Ben Kingsley.

But there are only so many times the MCU can play this card. We can only deal with so much emotional manipulation.

It’s not just the MCU. Sony’s Morbius teased the appearance of Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Vulture (Michael Keaton) in commercials, but it ended up being a nuisance to medium credits. We’ll see how DC deals with the multiverse in the future The Flash (which also brings back Keaton).

Use strong anaglyph. The original Iron Man effectively did this by teasing the final credits of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. That opened the door to every MCU and the countless stories that followed.

But we’re in a place where engraving is everything, even if it’s just a gag or an unrequited tease. No Way Home has shown that there is a way to leverage fan satisfaction to improve the storytelling and character building experience. My plea to Hollywood is: Don’t take the slow road of cameos for the sake of engraving. We deserve the best.

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