‘Doctor Strange’ Will ‘Screw Around With Time,’ Kevin Feige Hints at Another Infinity Stone
So far, the MCU has introduced four of the six Infinity Stones, the immeasurably powerful gems that Thanos has been trying — and failing — to collect. There are still two more stones to be revealed before we get to Avengers: Infinity War, and according to a new interview with Marvel’s Kevin Feige, it looks like Doctor Strange may very well be introducing another one — the time gem.
Feige spoke with Entertainment Weekly as part of their big Doctor Strange cover story, where he revealed that the Sorcerer Supreme’s solo outing would “screw around with time” — more specifically, Feige discusses the Eye of Agamotto, worn by Benedict Cumberbatch’s mystical hero:
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 definitely sounds like it could be the time gem. We’ve seen the space stone (the tesseract in Captain America), the mind stone (Loki’s scepter, later incorporated into Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron), the reality stone (the aether in Thor: The Dark World) and the power stone (Guardians of the Galaxy). That leaves the time stone and the soul stone, the latter of which allows its user to control dead and living entities and steal powers from other super-beings.
If someone — like Thanos — collects all six, they will become the most powerful being in the universe, capable of controlling and destroying, well, pretty much everything.
But back to Doctor Strange, which will provide us with a bit of an origin story for Stephen Strange, a skilled surgeon who discovers a vast, mystical world and develops super-powers following a traumatic car accident. Feige offers some details about those abilities and what sets Cumberbatch’s hero apart from the other members of the MCU:
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 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.
So Marvel’s mystical superhero outing will serve as more of an introduction, giving us only a hint of the hero’s true capabilities — which means there’s much more to come in future films.
Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016.