Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) may be in complete control of Avengers: Endgame. The eventual Sorcerer Supreme only made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut a few years ago in Doctor Strange, but he's quickly become one of the most important and powerful heroes around. Thanks to the Infinity Stone he wears around his neck though, he also was an early target of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Strange made it clear that his goal was to protect the Time Stone at all costs, which is why him handing it over to Thanos in the finale came as a surprise. But, this only happened after he went forward in time and saw all 14 million possibilities of the Avengers' fight against Thanos, and this is the only way they won - even though it meant half of the universe's population evaporating. This includes Strange, so he'll not be around for the start of Avengers: Endgame, but he's still the one controlling the outcome.
In the newest Screen Rant video, we take a look at a theory that Strange's prior actions have resulted in him being the true hero of Avengers: Endgame. He would only give up the stone and let himself be turned to dust if he knew that it meant a larger victory for the entire galaxy. Check out the video featured at the top of this post for a full breakdown of the theory.
Since Strange did see so many different outcomes, his control over Avengers: Endgame mostly comes from the actions he did before. He specifically allowed all of the events on Titan to play out the way it did, going as far as agreeing to Star-Lord's plan, knowing that he would then gloat before hand, find out about Gamora, and then set Thanos free. Additionally, he only offered up the stone to Thanos when he was seconds away from killing Tony Stark, so he must know that Tony being alive is key to the ultimate victory. With all of this knowledge and specific choices on when to act, Strange is masterminding the future without even needing to be there.
The good news for Strange is that this future that he saw is all but guaranteed to bring him and every other snap victim back to life. Now that the wizard has been fully integrated into the MCU, he'll undoubtedly take on an even larger role in the future - especially if some key original Avengers say goodbye to the franchise before Avengers: Endgame wraps up. There's already reports that Doctor Strange 2 is gearing up as well, so Strange's future looks bright, once his plan ends in victory.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019