When Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield appeared Spider-Man: No way home as an alternative universe Peter Parkers, I cried. When many cameos appeared Dr. Strange in the multiverse of madnesscaused such a feeling of pleasure – followed almost immediately by empty disappointment.

This is what I was afraid of: a huge success at No Way Home, which brought back Spider-Men from two previous franchises, set the stage for cameo-inspired cameos. But No Way Home actually allowed us to spend time with Maguire and Garfield, who brought spirit and emotion and made a real connection to Tom Holland’s version of Marvel’s movie universe.

Dr. Strange’s cameos are not doing well.

I can’t go on without going in SPOILERSso here’s your warning. We also have a separate one final explanatory and a list of WTF questions the film left us if you can’t get enough of the film.

The most moving moment of the film comes around the middle, when Dr. Strange finds himself in an alternate universe in which the multifaceted journey is well understood. This universe has created the Illuminati, a board full of fans’ favorite characters. Fans we were already expected to see Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavieralthough his sight rolling in the frame in his trademark yellow cushion armchair, straight from the 90’s animated series, elicited excited screams.

Then there was Captain Carter’s Hailey Atwell, fresh from the premiere episode of Disney Plus, the surprising appearance of Anson Mount’s Black Bolt from the fast canceled and forgotten ABC series Inhumansand Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambo, who plays Captain Marvel from this universe.

The biggest mood, however, came with the appearance of John Krasinski as Reed Richards or Mr. Fantastic. Krasinski has long been a favorite choice of fans to play the classic Marvel character.

With an incredible mix of recognizable (Stewart) and fresh (Krasinski) faces, the Illuminati seemed ready to open a new chapter in MCU, leading to different universes and exciting storytelling opportunities. Get ready for a wild trip, right?

None of the characters lasted 10 minutes.

Instead of exploring these characters, as No Way Home did with Maguire and Garfield, the film uses the Illuminati as its main cannon fodder, with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olson) tearing them apart in an attempt to reach Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and America Chavez ( Hochitl Gomez).

I admit that it was fun to watch them being sent (in a very typical horrible way for Sam Raimi … when I saw the Black Bolt’s brain stand out, it made me shudder). But there was a sense of emptiness. All this potential has been wasted. There are no bets, as you do not spend time with these characters to wonder what will happen to them.

Of course, there is a chance to see some of these characters (probably in a Disney Plus show), or at least a version of them, but there was a sinking feeling that all this excitement and anticipation was in vain.

Then I remembered the last time I felt this way and it was another Marvel property. Wandavision irritates potentially innovative developments when it introduces it Evan Peters as the brother of Wanda Pietro. Peters played a version of Pietro in the X-Men movies, which led to speculation that this was a crack in the multi-universal walls that would introduce mutants into the MCU.

That wouldn’t be the case, as the show revealed Peters as a Westwall resident, Ralph Bonner, the subject of a moaning and youthful joke that made the fall harder when the carpet was pulled out from under us.

This is not the first time the MCU has used our expectations against us – The Mandarin of Iron Man 3 he eventually became a comedian played by Ben Kingsley.

But there are only so many times the MCU can play this card. We can only endure so many emotional manipulations.

It’s not just the MCU. Sony’s Morbius irritated the emergence of Spider-Man: The Homecoming Vulture (Michael Keaton) in commercials, but in the end it was an annoyance in the middle of credit. We will see how DC will deal with the multiverse with the upcoming Flash (which also returns Keaton).

The use of cameos is powerful. The original Iron Man did it effectively by annoying Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. This opened the door to all the MCUs and the countless stories that followed.

But we are in a place where the cameo is everything, even if it’s just a joke or a joke without pay. No Way Home has shown that there is a way to use a nice look to improve storytelling and the character-building experience. My request to Hollywood is: Don’t go the lazy path of cameos in the name of cameos. We deserve better.


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