The Realms Of The Unreal1 of 12Doctor Strange is finally in theaters, and has proven to be a worthy start to a new chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Easter Eggs aplenty and a new twist on the classic Marvel archetype, Doctor Strange carried some big implications for the MCU's metastory.
Being that we at Newsarama are eagle-eyed experts in comic book (and movie) lore, we've come up with a list of can't miss moments that might just be worth re-watching Doctor Strange to see.
By The Hoary Hosts Of Hoggoth!2 of 12There aren’t a lot of specific magic spells in Doctor Strange. Aside from the “Sling Rings,” magic is far more conceptual and abstract that in many other fantasy mediums.
However, Strange’s chosen magical weapon of a whip or lasso is similar to a spell he’s often used in recent comic books, namely the “Crimson Bands of Cyttorak,” an incantation which Brian Bendis used extensively in writing Strange in New Avengers.
Join With The One3 of 12In comic books, the Mindless Ones are the cannon fodder of the Dark Dimension, a hive mind of magical monsters with no concept of self.
Though Kaecilius and his henchmen fill this role in Doctor Strange, their final fate hints at the denizens of Dormammu’s empire, as their bodies shrivel, turning purple and forming one glowing red eye – the distinct look of the Mindless Ones. Strange also calls this “Joining with the One,” meaning the collective conscious of Dormammu’s thralls.
War Machine4 of 12Moments before Stephen Strange is in the car accident that leads to the extensive injuries of his hands, his assistant describes possible medical cases for him to work on.
One of these is a military officer who suffered a back injury while operating an experimental exoskeleton. Sound familiar? Could that be James Rhodes A.K.A. War Machine, who was injured during Captain America: Civil War?
Voodoo's Brother5 of 12Sharp-eared fans may have noticed that the original Master of the New York Sanctum, killed by Kaecilius midway through the movie, was named Daniel Drumm – a name that may stand out to comic book fans.
Daniel Drumm is, of course, the twin brother of Jericho Drumm, A.K.A. Doctor Voodoo, who once briefly took over as Sorcerer Supreme for Doctor Strange. Daniel Drumm is a spirit who once aided his brother in his magical adventures, but who later became a villain during Brian Bendis’s New Avengers, but has since reverted back to his heroic ways.
Choose Your Weapon!6 of 12Among the artifacts in Kamar Taj were a few items Marvel fans may recognize, including a few that hint at other Marvel Comics characters in the MCU.
Two of them in particular are of special significance, including a staff that Mordo calls the “Staff of the Living Tribunal.” The Living Tribunal is a cosmic being with three faces who passes judgment over the universe.
Then, in the Hong Kong sanctum, the Staff of One was seen being held by a character confirmed as Tina Minoru in an official prequel comic book. In comic books, the Staff of One is wielded by Nico Minoru (Tina’s daughter) of A-Force and the Runaways, who can use it to cast any spell, but can only cast each spell once.
Remember, Hulu is working on a Runaways television series. Hmmm...
Ragnarok Roll Call7 of 12The last time fans saw Odin and Loki, the latter had taken the former’s place as head of Asgard at the end of Thor: The Dark World, with Loki having used his illusion magic to impersonate Odin. But the stinger scene of Doctor Strange raises some questions about the timeline of Loki’s “rule.”
In the scene, Thor and Loki are in New York City searching for Odin to restore him to the throne, with Strange offering his aid. Does this mean that Thor: Ragnarok will gloss over the entirety of Loki’s time on the throne? Where does this scene fall in Ragnarok’s timeline? And how does a jaunt to New York incorporate, Hela, the Grandmaster, Valkyrie, and The Hulk?
Eye of Agamotto8 of 12The Eye of Agamotto is a powerful artifact in Doctor Strange, able to manipulate time, and as warned by Wong and Mordo, cause splintering timelines. It is central to the film's climax, but also central to the MCU in general.
How, you ask? Again, as revealed by Wong, the Eye is one of the fabled Infinity Stones - the powerful items that will presumably serve as the macguffin for the MCU and the weapons of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
With the addition of the Time Stone, that means there's only one Infinity Stone left to be accounted for. Will it appear prior to Infinity War, or will it be the crux of that film's conflict?
Reconstruction Porn?9 of 12The end of Doctor Strange was unique in modern blockbuster action movies, because unlike many Marvel films, rather than tearing a city down, Strange was literally rebuilding it the entire time.
So-called "destruction porn" is all about carnage on a grand scale, but Doctor Strange hinged on a scene in which Strange used the aforementioned Time Stone to literally rewind the scene unfolding before him and fight Kaecilius and Dormammu as the city of Hong Kong was rebuilt around him - a powerful metaphor for a character who is a brilliant surgeon.
Supreme Job Opening10 of 12Doctor Strange ends with Strange having ascended the ranks of power of his magical society – but not quite in the place viewers might have expected.
In comic books, Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme, the last line of defense against magical incursions into our world. However, in the film, the Ancient One is the Sorcerer Supreme. But after her death, no one – not even Strange – steps in to take her place, leaving the position technically open in the MCU.
Could Strange and his ally turned rival Mordo vie for the title in a sequel? Or will we see a fully formed Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War?
The MCU's New Leading Man11 of 12For a while now, the question of who could replace Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark as the focal point of the MCU has weighed on the minds of fans. Now, with Doctor Strange, we may finally have a credible answer.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s acerbic, self-deprecating Stephen Strange is the kind of magnetic leader that could become the “main character” of the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And considering Strange is all about magic while Stark is all about science, perhaps passing the torch would be appropriate.
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