Why Doctor Strange, Not Spider-Man, is the Foundation of the MCU Moving Forward
In recent comments, Kevin Feige assured fans who would be set as the anchor of the Marvel Universe, and we discuss why Doctor Strange, Not Spider-Man, is the foundation of the MCU moving forward.
It has been over a decade of exploration into the vastness of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with what is the most ambitious film endeavor ever crafting a wide array of characters spanning countries, and even solar systems, of the interconnected universe.
Starting with the billionaire turned hero, Tony Stark, continuing the risen from the dead super soldier in Captain America, and establishing the cosmic entity in the form of Norse alien God Thor; there has been a trinity of sorts established throughout the first three Phases of the MCU.
All of that changed with the ending of the lauded Infinity Saga, with the final battle against Thanos leading to the death of Iron Man, the retirement of Steve Rogers’ Captain America, and the retreat unto the stars by Thor; there are few heroes left to carry the Avengers mantle on the Main Marvel earth.
Yet, there still remain a few who fought valiantly against the army of Thanos, and with the state of the MCU currently, it is reasonable to consider that one of these characters carry the mantle Iron Man seemingly carried for all of those years; acting as the centerpiece of the Marvel universe.
With the success of Spider-Man: No Way Home, and with remarks from past Marvel directors regarding the character’s adoration from fans, there was a perception that it would be the MCUs Peter Parker who was so fitting to inherit this mantle.
After all, Spider-Man remains the most beloved comic character of all time, with Tom Holland’s iteration of the character acting as perhaps the generated on-screen adaptation of Peter Parker yet.
If all of that wasn’t enough, the narrative of Parker’s MCU story was defined by his apprenticeship with Tony Stark; quite literally being taught to one day become the hero Stark was never fully able to become.
Yet, recent statements from Kevin Feige have stated that Doctor Strange is, in fact, the character who has become the ancho of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; and we think it makes total sense.
Just who did Peter Parker run to for help when the actions of heroism resulted in the collapse of his life? And just who maintains as one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe? But, most of all, who is the character that remains the most committed to protecting the MCU as we know it?
There isn’t a character whose journey has resulted in a greater commitment to guarding and defending the MCU than Doctor Strange, and there isn’t a character who has shown a willingness to be present and vital to the defense of Earth from any and all threats.
This is all outside of the unfortunate reality that Spider-Man remains a Sony property, and recent developments in Sony’s film universe of Spider-Man characters make their willingness to lend the beloved hero to the MCU a fact less beneficial to them.
The latest installment of the character’s MCU series has left him no longer Peter Parker, and returning to his roots as the friendly neighborhood hero that has always endeared him to audiences; which is why it only makes sense that Doctor Strange, not Spider-Man, remains the foundation for the MCU.