4. Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange) and Christine Palmer
We sat down in theaters ready to watch a high-stakes, mind-bending adventure with Doctor Strange, where the fate of the universe hinges on spells, ancient artifacts, and interdimensional travel. Then, out of the mystical blue, there's a romantic subplot with Christine Palmer that feels incredibly out of place.
I promise that I'm not against love blooming amid cosmic chaos - not at all - but the romance between Stephen and Christine tiptoes into the story like it's trying not to wake up a sleeping cat. Their relationship is supposed to add layers to Strange's character, showing us the man behind the magic. Instead, it ends up feeling like a last-minute addition to the shopping list - eggs, milk, bread, oh, and throw in a bit of romance.
Christine Palmer, played wonderfully by Rachel McAdams, probably her one role I actually enjoy, could have been a standout character. She's a talented surgeon with a strong moral compass and had a wonderful life ahead of her until Stephen Strange entangled himself with her. When it comes to her and Stephen's love story, it's like watching a firework that refuses to go off. You're waiting for that big, colorful explosion of emotions, but all you get is a fizzling sparkler. Their interactions often come off as hurried, squeezed in between Strange's battles with dark forces, leaving viewers to wonder if their romance is merely a side quest in the grand scheme of the Sorcerer Supreme's journey.
TL;DR - It's akin to expecting a gourmet meal and being handed a bag of chips—tasty, but not quite satisfying.