If anyone knows what is going on with Doctor Strange then it’s Marvel Movie Guru Kevin Feige unless you count director Scott Derrickson, but he’s too busy currently shooting Doctor Strange to talk with just about anyone. Feige on the other hand loves to talk Marvel Movie Magic and has recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to help set the stage for Marvel’s Magician magical entrance. What’s Feige have to say and how does Doctor Strange fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Read on true believer and find out!
Here’s what Feige had to say about Strange’s abilities and magical trinkets:
He can do a whole host of things, eventually. 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.
The Cloak of Levitation [and] the Eye of Agamotto are his two signature pieces. 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.
Wow, that is a lot to take in at once and leads one to many interesting avenues. Take a closer look at the Eye of Agamotto from the cover shot of Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s a gem right in the middle of it, add that to the time/reality powers that Feige suggests the All Seeing Eye has, and it’s an easy leap to that gem being one of the Infinity Stones.
Those, as we all know are what Thanos has been after since the first Avengers movie. This is a nice connection to the other movies. You might remember that Steven Strange AKA Doctor Strange was first mentioned as a potential threat to Hydra in Captain America The Winter Soldier.
Hydra lists Doctor Strange and Bruce Banner (The Hulk) in the same sentence when talking about powerful threats to HYDRA ruling the world, threats that had to be eliminated as quickly as possible. The rest of the world might not know about Doctor Strange, but Hydra/SHIELD certainly did.
Think about that for a moment, putting Strange in the same category of potential damage as the Hulk is huge and set’s up his power level right off the bat. Strange is not someone to be messed with lightly. Throw in all his array of mystical items like the Cloak and the Eye and you’ve got some serious firepower.
What do you think? Does Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamatto contain an Infinity Stone? We’ll know for sure when it hits theater screens November 4th, 2016.