What If…? released its highly anticipated 4th episode today.  This storyline examines what would happen if Doctor Stephen Strange lost his heart instead of his hands in a car accident. It’s a whirlwind of an episode that sets the gold standard for future episodes. So, let’s dive right in.

The concept for this alternate timeline revolves around the age-old question “How far would you go for love?”.  In the original storyline, Doctor Strange is involved in a car accident that leaves the nerves in his hands severely damaged so that he can never operate again. In this twist, Christine Palmer, who is the love of Doctor Strange’s life, dies in that fateful car accident that Marvel fans know all too well.  Strange goes mad and tries to bring her back and the results are not what you’d expect. This episode is about the depths of love, the battle between good and evil and the, sometimes fine line, between right and wrong. 

(L-R): Christine Palmer and Doctor Strange in Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The script for this episode is excellent and will appeal to a massive audience because you don’t really need any previous knowledge or context to be able to follow it. Strange’s path to becoming the Sorcerer Supreme and the appearance of the Ancient One is clearly explained in the short time allotted.  This script has good writing, good pacing, and the perfect tone for its heartbreaking concept.

Doctor Strange in Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

The voice acting in this episode is also top-notch as many of the original actors reprise their roles.  Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic as Stephen Strange, Jeffrey Wright does a great job as The Watcher (Uatu) and Tilda Swinton is marvelous as the wise and mystical Ancient One.  The voice acting easily and naturally conveyed all of the pain and raw emotion in this tragic story. Bravo to the cast.

(L-R): Doctor Strange Supreme and Christine Palmer in Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…? exclusively on Disney+. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode far more than I expected to. In my opinion, this episode was the best one to date with a great script, great acting and a fantastic plot. I love that the writers made the difficult choice not to have a neat and tidy happy ending.  I believe that choosing to go this route really kept in line with the tragic tone of this story and it made the episode feel more authentic. I have nothing bad to say about this week’s What If…? episode and that’s why I’m giving it a perfect 10/10. What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know!