Marvel has finally revealed why Doctor Strange was easily defeated by the X-Men’s Magik. Stephen Strange is generally considered the greatest sorcerer of the Marvel Universe. As Sorcerer Supreme, he has been responsible for defending this entire plane of existence from countless threats. And yet, for all that’s the case, he has had many defeats.
Doctor Strange’s most embarrassing magical defeat came during the “Avengers Vs. X-Men” event, when he went up against Magik. Illyana Rasputin is the Sorcerer Supreme of Limbo, and she tricked Strange into pursuing her on to her home turf. The actual battle was unseen, but Magik won it easily, and brought a defeated Doctor Strange back to Earth – using a simple illusion spell to trick the Avengers into believing their ally had won the fight, and then spiriting the X-Men’s leaders away. An embarrassed Strange struggled to his feet. “Magik took me out my element,” he told the Avengers. “That’s all.” It was a poor excuse, given Strange has waged countless multiversal wars.
New Mutants #25, by Vita Ayala and Rod Reis, finally explains why Magik could defeat Doctor Strange. As Sorcerer Supreme of Limbo, Magik has inherited an entire library of magical tomes collected by the demon Belasco, who previously ruled the realm. Belasco’s goal was to accumulate all magical knowledge in the entire multiverse, and he seems to have made a good start. “There is considerable neutral and even benevolent knowledge here,” Magik explains. “Even a few books written by saints.” The library is greater than any even Doctor Strange has had access to.
Magik spent years under Belasco’s tutelage, poring over the books of the arcane library. Time doesn’t flow properly in Limbo, meaning she has no doubt had plenty of other opportunities to examine it. What’s more, at one point Magik even absorbed Limbo into herself, likely meaning a lot of this magic – the good, the bad, and the neutral – was incorporated into her basic powerset. The simple truth is that, in a battle of Sorcerers Supreme, Doctor Strange was outclassed when he faced Magik. It is, of course, so very true to Doctor Strange’s character that he was unable to admit as much to the Avengers. Instead, Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme simply claimed he was out of his element. The most frustrating aspect of this battle is that it was not shown. A literal clash of Sorcerers Supreme, in which Doctor Strange was humbled and embarrassed, happened off-page. Hopefully Marvel will eventually remember this, and decide it would be a good idea to show readers just how Stephen Strange came to be beaten. Until now, at least Marvel has finally explained how the X-Men’s Magik could triumph against Doctor Strange.
Mon Mothma’s Backstory Is Going To Be A Big Part Of Star Wars 2022
Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy has teased the extent of Genevieve O’Reiley’s Mon Mothma’s story in Andor showrunner Tony Gilroy has teased the extent of Genevieve O’Reilly’s Mon Mothma character’s story in the series, which will follow Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor. The Disney+ show will see Luna reprise the role of the Rebel Alliance operative following his franchise debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. O’Reilly has portrayed the Rebel leader Mothma in animation and live-action since 2005.
Making her debut in 1983’s Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and originally portrayed by Caroline Blakiston, Mon Mothma was the former senator of Chandrila who would help form the Rebel Alliance and have a hand in the destruction of both Death Stars. Despite having her original appearance as a younger Mon Mothma in the final days of the Republic cut from Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, O’Reilly finally properly appeared as the character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, overseeing the then-struggling alliance. As part of a showcase of Star Wars’ television offerings, O’Reilly joined other Star Wars stars for a photoshoot, while Andor’s showrunner shared some insight on Mon Mothma’s presence in the Rogue One tie-in series. As part of Vanity Fair’s feature on Lucasfilm’s current slate of Star Wars series, O’Reilly joined Andor co-star Luna alongside fellow Star Wars actors including Ewan McGregor, Pedro Pascal, Rosario Dawson, Moses Ingram, and Hayden Christensen for a photoshoot taken by Annie Leibovitz featuring each star in their respective character’s costume. Alongside the shoot, the cast and crew behind Andor, Ahsoka, The Mandalorian, and the soon-to-be-released Obi-Wan Kenobi series teased what each series would focus on, with Gilroy and Luna hinting at what was in store for Cassian and Mon Mothma. Revealing that Mon Mothma’s origin story would be told in parallel with Cassian’s, Gilroy briefly teased that the series had an epic cast, saying, “it is a huge, orchestral, Dickensian ensemble cast.”
Mon Mothma’s role in the show, Gilroy and Luna also teased the series’ story, describing how Andor would lead Cassian to ultimately join the mission that would not only deliver a crippling blow to the Empire, but bring a new hope to the galaxy. Describing Cassian’s story as the journey of a migrant, Luna stated that the series would see Cassian shaped by his travels across the galaxy, with Gilroy revealing that the character would be more cynical at first, growing into the Cassian seen in Rogue One. Gilroy also teased the settings of Andor and their place in the story, stating audiences would see worlds destroyed by the Empire’s expansion, as well as worlds such as Cassian’s adoptive home, rising in retaliation. Unlike other series focused on long-existing characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book of Boba Fett, Andor is seemingly set to have a larger-scale story that will be told across multiple seasons, fully exploring the early days of the Rebel Alliance. While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Rebels showed fans many of the key points of the Rebellion’s formation, much of the faction’s early days remain unexplored, with Cassian and Mon Mothma being two characters that haven’t seen much focus when compared to figures like Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), Saw Gerrera (Forrest Whittaker), and Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones). With Gilroy highlighting the scale of its cast, Andor may shape up to tell a further-reaching story than viewers may anticipate.
It’s a new month! And you know what that means: It’s time to go through another round of some of the best movies on enormous catalog — from some classics to new offerings — to figure out what you’re watching this month in June.
These are all for the month of June 2022, and note that all of these movies are on Smartstream21 already, unless they are noted with an arrival date.
Also make sure to check out some other lists of ours to see other recommendations we have for shows and movies to watch and some streaming to play:
As the world’s biggest movie star, it’s hardly a shock to discover that fans have been spending their weekend watching movies featuring Dwayne Johnson, but it’s still impressive that his reach covers multiple platforms.