Let’s take a look at every Marvel monster that Doctor Strange absorbed in What If episode 4. Marvel surely is moving towards a heavy future with so many projects that are literally mind-blowing. Now, we find ourselves feasting over What If…? In episode 4, we saw Doctor Strange trekking down the wrong path after he lost his love, Christine. In order to reverse an absolute event, Strange lost all control and went on a spree to absorb every dark power. So, let’s take a look at every Marvel monster that Doctor Strange absorbed in What If episode 4.
To start his evil journey, Strange started with baby steps. His first victim was Garden Gnome which could be a reference to Asgard or Elseworld.
Strange draws the line at bugs. However, he used its cape which gave him a distinct look. He stays unfamiliar to Marvel comic fans, but he bears a resemblance to cockroach Kyouhukou.
Six-Eyed Black Bird
Fans are advised not to confuse it with the Phoenix force. This was Strange’s first taste of the dark power.
The red dragon could be Shou-Lao who is an undying creature that Iron Fist had to defeat. This could also mean Marvel might just bring back Iron Fist.
The two-headed ram doesn’t appear in the comics but could be a nod to Marvel’s Amon-Ra. It could be one of Marvel’s Marvel’s Heliopolitans, Atum who is a supreme ancient Egyptian god.
Flying Skull with Antlers
Marvel comic fans have linked the flying skull with antlers with Suma-Ket of the Unforgiven Dead. Moreover, it’s an old nemesis of Namor the Sub-Mariner and could hint at his welcoming too.
Right off the bat, pun intended, it could be a reference to Jimmy Santini otherwise known as Batwing who is a classic Spider-Man enemy. The creature first appeared in Untold Tales of Spider-Man.
Even after The Watcher’s warning, Strange did not stop and kept on summoning creatures. He then went on to summon Moose which could be a reference to Oranah the Stag God. The moose spirit first appeared in Marvel’s The Savage Sword of Conan comics.
This dragon could be a hint to the dragon that escaped Muspelheim in the crazy opening of Thor: Ragnarok. As we all saw, the dragon tried to eat Thor which it obviously couldn’t do.
The wolf with a blue flame above its head could be a reference to the Capcom video game character Okami Amaterasu.
An easy explanation of this character could be that its Fu-Hsi, the King of the Vipers from Marvel Premiere Comics.
Dark Dimension Demons
These dark dimension demons somewhat represent Dormammu but they could also be a reference to Marvel’s Lovecraftian Old Gods.
Finally, the last monster could be a reference to What If‘s first episode as well and could very well be Shuma-Gorath. If we’re right, then this eldritch god is definitely making an appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
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