Iron Man can fly in his futuristic suit of armor. Got it. Captain America can punch harder and run faster than anyone alive. Cool, understood. Ant-Man can shrink down to actually jump between atoms, Black Widow is an assassin and a spy, Hulk is a green rage monster who can smash and Hawkeye can shoot arrows with expert accuracy.
Doctor Strange can… What exactly?
This upcoming November, Marvel will give us our weirdest superhero yet in Doctor Strange — a man of science who visits a mystic in the Himalayas to learn the the world, nay universe, is far greater and expansive and weird than we could ever imagine.
Also, he learns magic and sorcery.
But what exactly does this mean? What does his power encompass? Well, Kevin Feige, in yet another interview with Entertainment Weekly, gave us this run down of his powers, starting off by saying, “He can do a whole host of things, eventually.”
What exactly does he mean by “eventually?” Does he mean he doesn’t know them for the film but he learns them all by the end, or do we only see nascent Strange here, pre-Sorcerer Supreme, with the promise of a sequel giving us a bigger badder Master of the Mystic Arts?
As for his actual magic, Feige says, “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.”
It’s likely that Feige is referring to spells such as “Crimson Bands of Cyttorak,” “Winds of Watoomb,” or even “Flames of the Faltine!” They are all spells the draw their power from the invocation of various godlike entities.
Feige then goes on to talk about Strange’s “Cloak of Levitation,” saying that it, “…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.”
This is something they’ve touched on in the comics, here and there, but haven’t really played with a lot recently. Doctor Strange typically hovers more than flies, floating above a scene, out of the fray more than zipping in and out of it like other heroes that can fly.
Finally, he offers up that Doctor Strange “…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.”
So, even after listing all of these things, that’s really just the beginning of what Doctor Strange can actually do!
But then things get interesting because Feige also discusses what is one of the more powerful artifacts in the Marvel Universe — The Eye of Agamotto. As Feige says,
“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.”
So, wait, is Feige straight up telling us that the Eye of Agamotto has within it the Time Stone? Because that’s what it sounds like he just said.
Also, “screwing around with time” is part of their story? Does that mean we’ll see some elements of time travel with Doctor Strange? With that one quote, this film just became infinitely more intriguing.
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