Dark, Mystical Details Fans Shared About Doctor Strange That Made Us Question Reality

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Vote up your favorite dark details about MCU's wandering wizard. 

Dr. Stephen Strange, AKA the Master of the Mystic Arts, is a character with a dark side, not unlike many of his Marvel cohorts. But rather than have a backstory involving arms dealing, intergalactic thieving, or a childhood as a former Soviet spy, he was a cocky surgeon who lost absolutely everything before learning the mysteries of the mystical arts. Now in his second outing Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, fans take to social media to share a few dark details about their favorite Sorcerer Supreme. Vote up your favorite tidbits. 

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    173 VOTES

    Stephen Strange Was Detected As A Threat And Became A Target Early On

    Stephen Strange Was Detected As A Threat And Became A Target Early On
    Photo: Captain America: The Winder Solider / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    From Redditor u/JustSomeDude049:

    In Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) When Cap is interrogating Sitwell about Zola's Algorithm (An AI that uses people past to predict their future) he lists a few people that come up as threats, one of them being Dr. Strange. This movie was set two years before the events of Doctor Strange.

    173 votes
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    127 VOTES

    His First Test Subject Has A Deeper, Darker Meaning

    From Redditor u/ChristopherAntilope

    Doctor Strange first uses the Eye of Agamotto on an apple, which is the biblical symbol for forbidden knowledge.

    From Redditor u/LtPinkerton:

    In Doctor Strange, when Strange practices with the forbidden time spell and the Book of Cagliostro, he targets an apple. Apples are symbolic of forbidden knowledge.

    127 votes
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    128 VOTES

    The Origin Of The Ancient One Had To Be Changed To Appease China

    From Redditor u/CHAD_J_THUNDER:

    Doctor Strange (2016) changed the character "The Ancient One" to be Celtic instead of Tibetan, otherwise the movie would not be allowed in China which does not acknowledge Tibet as a place.

    Source: Doctor Strange Director Explains Why the Ancient One Was Never Going to Be Asian in the Movie


    128 votes
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    137 VOTES

    The Ancient One Hides The Source Of Her Powers

    From Redditor u/nehyolaw:

    At the start of Doctor Strange (2016), the Ancient One is wearing her hood while she bends matter freely to stop Kaecilius. This is to cover her forehead to hide the fact that she is channeling power from the Dark Dimension (which is revealed later), which is why Kaecilius calls her a hypocrite.

    137 votes
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    88 VOTES

    An Important Warning At The End Of The Film

    From Redditor u/commander212:

    There is a warning to not get distracted while driving at the end of the credits for Doctor Strange. For those who haven't seen it, earlier in the film Doctor Strange crashes his car while on the phone and looking at a screen.

    88 votes
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    92 VOTES

    The Final Step Before He Found His Way

    From Redditor u/rolandhorn27:

    Doctor Strange wasn't shown the path to Kamar Taj until after he had lost all of his earthly belongings. His last belonging, his watch, is shown broken right before Mordo shows him the way.

    92 votes