In just a matter of months Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins with Captain America: Civil War. A few months later the first new origin story of Phase 3 takes place, introducing Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, an important character of the franchise's future.
Doctor Strange is already weeks into production and over the last few days the first official images of star Benedict Cumberbatch in costume were released alongside details of the film's supporting characters and magical elements. The most intriguing of which is the Eye of Agamotto - the source of Doctor Strange's many powers.
Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson are faithfully adapting the outlandish design of Doctor Strange's costume and visual elements. Just take a close look at the EW cover reveal below and pay special attention to the amulet on Strange's chest.
This item is the Eye of Agamotto, a central part of the Doctor Strange character in Marvel Comics that has mysterious origins tied to powerful mystical beings. In the MCU, it will be equally as powerful but from what Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says about it, we have a feeling it'll be a bit different.
“In this film, the Eye [of Agamotto] 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.”
By "screw around with time," Feige is hinting that the Doctor Strange movie may deal with some form of time-travel. We reported previously that Doctor Strange may feature a prologue set in 1968 so perhaps that has something to do with it. Of course, for Marvel fans, this immediately raises speculation that Feige could be hinting that the Eye of Agamotto is housing the Time Stone, one of the remaining two Infinity Stones yet to be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Note the green color of the gem-like object in the center of the Eye. We'll return to that later.
There are six Infinity Stones in total and so far, they've served as the primary all-powerful MacGuffins used as the connective thread between all of Marvel's films and stories. The Collector's description of the Infinity Stones from Guardians of the Galaxy:
"Before creation itself, there were six singularities, then the universe exploded into existence and the remnants of this system were forged into concentrated ingots... Infinity Stones."
Is it really that obvious though, that this is the fifth Infinity Stone? And how does the Eye of Agamotto connect to what we've seen before?