Summary

  • Doctor Strange’s powers mirror the Infinity Stones, making him like a human Infinity Gauntlet.
  • Strange’s powers span energy manipulation, time control, and reality alteration.
  • Doctor Strange is one of the most powerful characters in the MCU, with abilities like those of the Infinity Stones.



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Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and one theory completely rewrites his power levels, making him more interesting and complex. The MCU is packed with complex and powerful characters, both heroes and villains, and one of the most popular ones is Doctor Strange. Stephen Strange made his MCU debut in his solo movie as part of the Infinity Saga, and he has since appeared in five movies, between cameo appearances, minor roles, and main roles.


Unlike other MCU characters, Doctor Strange wasn’t born with superpowers nor are they the direct result of some accident or strange event. Instead, Strange learned everything he now knows at Kamar-Taj, under the teachings of the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). However, Doctor Strange continues to learn more about the Mystic Arts and how far his abilities can go, so the audience hasn’t really seen the extent of his powers – and now a theory completely rewrites his powers to unbelievable levels, making him more interesting but potentially dangerous.

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MCU Theory Calls Doctor Strange A Walking Infinity Gauntlet


A theory posted on Reddit shows how Strange’s powers are pretty much like those of the Infinity Gauntlet with all the Infinity Stones mounted on it. The six Stones are Space, Reality, Power, Soul, Mind, and Time, and they are immensely powerful gems tied to different aspects of the universe as they were created by the Big Bang from six singularities. Only beings of immense power can directly use the Stones, and in order to use them all at the same time, they have to be mounted on the Infinity Gauntlet.

The Power Stone grants its wielder energy manipulation capabilities, which Strange already has.


Each Infinity Stone has unique properties that grant the wielder different abilities, so when they are used at the same time, they grant immense power, enough to wipe out half of life in the universe as Thanos did and bring them back as Tony Stark did. The theory, then, calls Strange “a walking Infinity Gauntlet” by showing how some of his abilities fit each Infinity Stone. The Power Stone grants its wielder energy manipulation capabilities, which Strange already has, while the Space Stone grants control over space itself, and thus is used to open portals, which Strange often does.

The Time Stone gives absolute control over time, which Strange has as he literally carried the Time Stone in the Eye of Agamotto.

The Reality Stone grants control over the fabric of reality itself, and Strange displayed this ability during the Battle of Titan against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. The Soul Stone can manipulate the soul and resurrect and conjure the spiritual representation of the deceased, as well as give sentience to inanimate objects, which the author of the theory compares to Strange’s astral projection abilities. The Time Stone gives absolute control over time, which Strange has as he literally carried the Time Stone in the Eye of Agamotto.


Last but not least, the Mind Stone grants complete control over the hearts and minds of others, and Strange has shown his mind control abilities on different occasions, but mostly in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Because of all this, Doctor Strange is pretty much a human Infinity Gauntlet, though his abilities don’t have the same power level as the Stones themselves.

How Powerful Doctor Strange Really Is In The MCU

Doctor Strange showing off his third eye at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

By the time of the events of
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
, Strange had a lot more control of the Mystic Arts.


Doctor Strange’s abilities and skills have improved and increased a lot since his MCU debut in his first solo movie. By the time of the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Strange had a lot more control of the Mystic Arts, but the conflict with Wanda Maximoff and America Chavez led him to explore other, more sinister abilities through the Darkhold, such as dreamwalking and possession, as he possessed the corpse of one of his variants.

Doctor Strange is currently one of the most powerful characters in the MCU, and now that he’s dealing with the consequences of using the Darkhold, it’s to be seen how far his power will go, both for good and bad.

  • Doctor Strange Poster

    Doctor Strange

    Enter the world of Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a world-famous neurosurgeon whose car accident left him unable to use his hands. As he desperately tries to find a cure to enable his hands to perform operations again, he comes across a world that leads to another dimension. After being taught about the different dimensions and learning about the constant threat that looms on Earth, he began to embrace his role as the humble protector. Taking after the responsibilities of the Ancient One who trained him before her demise, Strange goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme himself.

    Director
    Scott Derrickson

    Release Date
    October 25, 2016

    Runtime
    126 minutes

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Poster

    Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness

    In Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU takes a deeper dive into the Multiverse and the unknown, introducing variants of Strange and other familiar friends and foes – including The Illuminati – and offers a new perspective on how it works and connects. The story follows Stephen Strange, now post-blip and no longer the Sorcerer Supreme. When a terrifying monster rampages through New York seeking to capture a young girl from another multiverse named America Chavez, Strange finds himself as her newfound protector. Unfortunately, his new foe is a former ally, Wanda Maximoff. To protect Chavez and stop Wanda’s rampage, Strange travels the Multiverse looking for answers – and encounters engrossing and terrifying realities that expand the Marvel Universe in a whole new way.

    Release Date
    May 6, 2022

    Cast
    Elizabeth Olsen , Michael Stuhlbarg , Benedict Wong , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Xochitl Gomez , Benedict Cumberbatch , Rachel McAdams , Bruce Campbell , John Krasinski , Patrick Stewart , Hayley Atwell , Lashana Lynch , Anson Mount

    Runtime
    126 minutes


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