You got to give Marvel credit for being willing to get weird with it. The studio that ushered in the age of shared universes kicked theirs off small with a man in an iron suit, but in the years since, that universe has grown exponentially. They introduced the realms of the gods (kinda) with Thor, traversed the outer reaches of space with Guardians of the Galaxy, and traveled to the quantum realm in Ant-Man. Now, with 2016’s Doctor Strange, which the studio is building up to be quite the head trip, Marvel will incorporate the mystical and the magical, including…time travel? Yeah, looks like they’re going there.
Get ready for things to get super mind-bendy. In an interview with EW, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige described the unusual superpowers of Benedict Cumberbatch’s sorcerer Stephen Strange, including his signature statement piece, The Eye of Agamotto.
“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.”
That sounds an awful lot like Doctor Strange might just introduce the most powerful infinity stone yet — possibly the time gem — a logical step considering the MCU is currently building towards the epic two-parter, Avengers: Infinity War, which will see the Earth’s Mightiest square off against Thanos and his almighty Infinity stone-encrusted gauntlet. And using magic as a means to introduce time travel to the MCU makes a whole lot of sense.
Feige also described a host of Doctor Strange’s abilities — or, at least, his eventual abilities. As an origin story, it’s likely that we won’t see Doctor Strange up to full power until the end of the film, and even then, it sounds like we won’t be getting the full picture of his powers.
“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. 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 portalas 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.”
We’ll find out just how powerful and timey-wimey the sorcerer gets when Doctor Strange arrives in theaters on November 4, 2016.
What do you guys think? Would you like to see Doctor Strange introduce time travel to the MCU? Is that too much mind-bending weirdness? Do you think the Eye of Agomotto could be the time gem? Sound off in the comments below.