Every superhero that has reached superstar status has a signature weapon and iconic accessory that seperates the given hero from the pack. He isn't Batman until you see the cowl and watch him throw a batarang. Wonder Woman is a mere mortal in pop culture without her defining lasso of truth and her bulletproof gauntlets. So today's reveal of Doctor Strange's iconic 'Eye of Agamotto' is of particular significance.
It shouldn't go unnoticed that both trailers for Marvel's Doctor Strange feature the sorcerer's billowing cape towards the end. The cape, along with the Eye of Agamotto are two props that are destined for Hollywood glory - and if Marvel's past track record is any indication, they could one day sit alongside Indiana Jones' whip and fedora...or at least Thor's hammer and golden locks. Now, we know what both of them will look like in action.
The Marvel marketing machine has cranked up a few notches and after last week's successful showing at SDCC, it will continue to snowball until the movie's November release. Marvel president Kevin Feige has been a champion for the Doctor Strange film for years. Now with the movie only months away, it's clear that he has been prepping audiences for this new magical world for some time. Late last year he explained the significance of Strange's two most important accessories:
“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.”
The Cloak of Levitation's gives Strange a limited ability of flight, which is a more straight-forward application. However, Feige was much more pragmatic in laying the groundwork for the Eye of Agamotto in the minds of fans. This piece of "jewelry" may be one of the most important pieces of bling in the entire Marvel cinematic universe and could prove to have cosmic ramifications. Now, a new image featuring the Eye has appeared online. Take a look:
In case you haven't been following along, there is a cosmic arms race that has been going on in the background of the MCU. Infinity stones have been used as primary plot-movers in many of Marvel's films and an intergalactic gangster, Thanos, has been trying to unite the six of them. They are often found in other weapons (Loki's sceptre) or even in the forehead of other heroes (Vision). The six stones represent power, reality, mind, space, soul, and time, with only the last two yet to be represented cinematically.
While there has yet to be any official confirmation, many have speculated that the Eye of Agamotto will ultimately house the time stone. Judging from Feige's comments that Doctor Strange's story will "screw around with time" and today's reveal of the mystic artifact activating, the antennae of superhero conspiracy theorists everywhere should be raised. It's yet to be seen exactly how time will be manipulated in the film, but it's inclusion shows how little we know about the upcoming adventure. Despite there being two available trailers for the upcoming film, you can be rest assured that we have only scratched the surface of Doctor Strange's world.
Doctor Strange will arrive in theaters on November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to follow on May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.