Kojiro wrote:Does anyone else feel the ending was rather weak?
I know Strange is supposed to be a hero and all, but even heroes break. He's essentially locked himself into being tortured/killed (in a variety of different ways) indefinitely, and bet he can endure that longer than Dormamu can tolerate the situation. Dormamu is on the cusp of gaining that which it most wants in all the universe- the Earth- and this would seem like decent motivation for it to persist for some time.
I feel this is what truly cements his journey from arrogant asshole to hero. It doesn't seem that "eating" Earth is the ultimate goal of Dormammu, just another prize. Clearly, going on the evidence of the movie, the resolve of Mr. Dr. to save his realm is, at the end, more than the desire of the giant space cloud to eat it.
That reminds me: despite this being heralded as the introduction of magic to the MCU (and Agents of Shield seeming to do the same), both have had physical, rational, logical explanations for the powers and effects involved, and they really seem to be hearkening back to Thor: "Your ancestors called it magic, but you call it science. I come from a land where they are one and the same." This description seems to line up with what has been shown as magic in the last few Marvel properties. No-one knows if that will still be true if the Netflix series explain the magical things happening there (like various feats of The Hand), but I think it's interesting that TPTB are still providing plausible explanations for supernatural-seeming phenomena.