The larger meta-storyline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far has been about Thanos' pursuit of the six Infinity Stones -- and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said something which might mean Doctor Strange has one of them.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly promoting next year's Doctor Strange, Feige explains the two principal magical artifacts that Benedict Cumberbatch's character uses -- and what they do.
"The Cloak of Levitation [and] the Eye of Agamotto are his two signature pieces,” Feige explains. “In this film, the Eye is a very important relic that can be quite dangerous if used in the wrong hands, because it has the ability to do any number of things, the most dangerous of which is, it can sort of manipulate probabilities. Which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’ — which is part of our story.”
While he doesn't come right out and say it, Feige seems to be intentionally leading people to make the connection.
So far, four of the six Infinity Stones have been revealed in the previous Marvel movies.
Feige goes on to confirm that Cumberbatch will also be continuing the Stan Lee-esque verbal spellcasting that's become a signature part of the character.
"He does cast spells, which in the comics have very sort of tongue-twisty fun names. We don’t want to shy away from that, because that’s what makes Doctor Strange Doctor Strange," said Feige. "He has a Cloak of Levitation that allows him to fly, but he doesn’t fly like Superman or like Thor. It’s almost got a consciousness of its own, this cloak, which, again, gives us a superhero with a red cape -- which we’ve seen a few times -- but allows us to do it in a wholly unique and wholly original way. He can create these mandalas of light that he can use as shields and he can use as sort of weapons. He can create portals that will open before your eyes that he can step through and go to other places around the world. And frankly, even in this film, we’ll only touch upon what a lot of his powers are.”
Doctor Strange opens in theaters November 4, 2016.