What are absolute points? Doctor Strange redefines the Multiverse in What if …?

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In the story developed in this episode, Strange does not smash his hands, but loses his great love: Christine Palmer in the traffic accident. After learning to use magic, this alternate version of Strange is also in charge of guarding the Eye of Agamotto, the Time Stone.

Madrid, September 4 (Europa Press) .- The fourth episode of What If…? shows a bleak alternate history of the Doctor Strange narrating what if “Stephen Strange had lost his heart instead of his hands”.

As viewers will recall, in the first Doctor Strange movie, Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was in a terrible car accident in which he smashed his hands and was unable to practice as a surgeon. Determined to get back to using his hands as before, he began an obsessive investigation that led him to discover the mystical arts and, later, to become the Supreme Sorcerer.

In the story developed in this episode, Strange does not smash his hands, but loses his great love: Christine Palmer in the traffic accident. After learning to use magic, this alternate version of Strange is also in charge of guarding the Eye of Agamotto, the Time Stone.

But something dark continues to grow in him, as he has not been able to overcome the deep depression into which he was plunged by the death of Rachel McAdams’ character. Thus, obsessed with bringing her back, he begins to experiment with time to travel to the past and save her.

However, no matter how hard she tries, and no matter how many decisions she tries to change, one way or another Christine always dies. Plunged into a kind of “groundhog day”, in a moment of utmost despair within this loop of death and pain, the Old Woman contacts Strange and explains something that changes forever the way time travel had been featured so far at Marvel. It is about the concept of the ‘Absolute Points of time’.

WHAT ARE ABSOLUTE POINTS?

Both in Avengers: Endgame as in the series of LokiTime travel seemed to be based on a kind of free will. That is, the characters could move to another time and do whatever they wanted, despite the fact that the consequences of these acts could have terrible effects, such as generating Multiverses through the ‘nexus events’ that create new realities, new temporal branches.

In this episode, the Old Woman reveals that free will has its limits, since there are events that are a fixed point in time. As has already been raised in other series on this subject, such as Doctor Who or Dark, there are events that are immovable within the timeline and that, no matter how much one insists on altering them, will always end up happening in one way or another. .

Christine’s death in this Universe would be one of those ‘absolute points of time’, something that cannot be altered and if it were… it would destroy an entire universe. “This is where your journey begins, with the death of Dr. Palmer. Overwhelmed by the loss, he will look for answers in the mystical arts, in me ”, the Old Woman explains to Strange who asks the sorceress to help him“ resurrect her ”.

“I can’t, nobody can. His death is an Absolute Point in Time. Unalterable. Immovable. Without his death you would never have defeated Dormammu or become Supreme Sorcerer and protector of the Eye of Agamotto. If you erase his death, you will never undertake that journey “, proclaims the Old Woman who warns Strange that trying to change an Absolute Point” will endanger the entire Universe. ” But Strange refuses to resign, and assures that “nothing is impossible” and that he only needs “more power”.

“Not even the great sorcerers of the past were able to reverse the Absolute Points”, insists the Elder who warns again: “Stephen, this path only leads to darkness and the destruction of this reality, please … do not do it or I will be forced to stop him ”. But Strange does not give up and, after investigating the Lost Books of the Library of Cagliostro, he begins to accumulate power, absorbing mystical beings, until he achieves his goal.

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THE GREAT PLAY OF THE OLD WOMAN

But what this Strange did not know is that in that encounter with the Old Woman, in their brief confrontation, she performed another maneuver that also represents an important change within the functioning of the Marvel Multiverse.

The character of Tilda Swinton unfolded Strange so that, within the same reality, two different timelines coexist: in one Strange continues with its dark drift using the Time Stone to try, at all costs, that Christine does not die … while in another Strange comes to his senses and, with great regret in his heart, goes on with his life. It is before the latter that the Old Woman appears to give explanations when she sees that, as a result of the actions of the other Strange, the universe is fading.

“I resorted to the power of the dark dimension to divide the timeline, to divide you, allowing there to be two possible timelines happening in the same universe,” explains the Elder who acknowledges that this is “extremely dangerous” but who resorted to this conscious ruse that only Strange could stop Strange.

“Now I have an evil twin?” Asks Benedict Cumberbatch’s character incredulously. “Rather deranged,” adds the sorceress who explains that even if the dark version of Strange managed to reverse the Absolute Point that Christine’s death supposes, it would not be able to save her since “the resulting temporal paradox will destroy this universe.”

To continue discovering how time travel and the Multiverse work, Marvel fans will have to wait for the fifth episode of What If…?, available September 8 on Disney +.

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What are absolute points? Doctor Strange redefines the Multiverse in What if …?