Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir has a behavior of exploring totally different timelines, particularly with the introductions of the time-manipulating Rabbit and Snake Miraculous. Season 3, Episode 19 “Timetagger” teased a number of epic occasions to sit up for within the canon Miraculous timeline; nevertheless, Season 3, Episode 22, “Cat Blanc” reveals a extra disastrous future, one which should be averted ought to the present’s central duo ever hope to develop into romantically concerned.
On this explicit episode, Adrien and Marinette lastly confess their emotions and develop into a pair, however their budding romance will not be met with comity for lengthy. As a substitute, their love is tied on to the destruction of the world within the type of an akumatized Cat Noir — Cat Blanc. Whereas it is the present’s best hook, this plainly creates a significant crimson flag for Ladybug and Cat Noir’s future relationship.
The occasions of “Cat Blanc” kick off when Marinette transforms into Ladybug to ship a present to Adrien, consequentially exposing her secret identification. Quickly after, the holder of the Rabbit Miraculous, Bunnyx, arrives from the longer term claiming one thing occurs at this time that causes an enormous forthcoming catastrophe. Bunnyx then makes use of her superpower, Burrow, to whisk Ladybug to the longer term the place she is met with an apocalyptic-like setting: the Eiffel Tower collapsed on its aspect, a lot of town submerged underwater and the moon, now seen within the daylight, cut up into two items. That is the place Ladybug meets Cat Blanc, an akumatized Cat Noir, alone and heartbroken.
Whereas Ladybug fights off Cat Blanc, Bunnyx makes use of Burrow once more to look at how this calamitous future involves be. Apparently, after Adrien discovers that Marinette is Ladybug, he confesses his emotions with out admitting that he’s Cat Noir. Each are completely happy to be in a relationship and their mates are ecstatic, however Gabriel Agreste, Adrien’s father (and archvillain Hawk Moth) doesn’t approve. He convinces Marinette that their relationship will solely hurt Adrien in addition to the Agreste model. So, a distraught Marinette breaks up with Adrien with little clarification.
Nevertheless, that is all a part of Hawk Moth’s plan, who then makes an attempt to akumatize Marinette. However Adrien runs out to save lots of her, remodeling into Cat Noir in a public setting to take action. Adrien’s identification is revealed and Marinette accepts him instantly as a result of he’s nonetheless Adrien. Sadly, Nathalie Sancoeur, Gabriel’s assistant and holder of the Peacock Miraculous, witnesses his transformation and informs Hawk Moth that his son is Cat Noir.
Bunnyx skips forward to some extent in time when Ladybug and Cat Noir seemingly handle to nook Hawk Moth, however little do they know, he efficiently leads them to his repository beneath the Agreste mansion. Right here, he reveals that Adrien’s mom, Emilie, is secretly alive, however is merely trapped in a comatose state. Hawk Moth admits his true identification and the actual motive as to why he’s after Ladybug and Cat Noir’s Miraculous: to revive Emilie.
Hawk Moth makes an attempt to persuade Cat Noir to willingly hand over his Miraculous to save lots of his mom, however Ladybug reminds him of the results that may come if he does so. Cat Noir is positioned beneath immense emotional turmoil over having to decide on between the 2 girls he deeply loves, and Hawk Moth seizes the chance to akumatize him, turning him into Cat Blanc who attains an infinite energy of destruction. His unbalanced mindset turns Ladybug and Hawk Moth to stone then unleashes a calamity he can not management. Solely Cat Blanc stays, akumatized and alone in a damaged world.
Although Ladybug is ready to reset these occasions and return issues again to regular, this episode reveals some apparent boundaries that each characters might want to overcome earlier than they’ll enter a relationship in Miraculous. Firstly, Adrien solely confesses to Marinette understanding that she is Ladybug — and he does so immediately. By doing so, he doesn’t study to like each side of her, just one. Equally, when Marinette discovers that Adrien and Cat Noir are the identical individual, she does not query something and provides in just because he’s the Adrien she’s beloved all alongside. Whereas Adrien views Marinette solely as Ladybug, Marinette views Cat Noir solely as Adrien and each subconsciously refuse to acknowledge half of one another. For his or her relationship to work, they will must fall in love with each sides of each other.
Secondly, Gabriel interferes each as Adrien’s father and as Hawk Moth. The secrets and techniques he retains from Adrien are extreme and could be detrimental if revealed beneath the incorrect circumstances. Thus, Hawk Moth will have to be completely defeated earlier than Ladybug and Cat Noir can confess their emotions. This suggests that they can not actually be collectively till the tip of the collection when the whole lot is resolved.
With these boundaries in place, Ladybug and Cat Noir’s romance appears doomed to fail, however “Cat Blanc” proves that beneath the appropriate circumstances, their love can thrive somewhat than trigger mass destruction. However earlier than that, Adrien must study to like Marinette whereas Ladybug must study to like Cat Noir. Till then, Hawk Moth will proceed to loom over them with a a lot larger plan in thoughts, one which should be thwarted earlier than he does extra hurt than good to his personal son.