It’s no secret that 2016’s Doctor Strangeis a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but just how connected is the Master of theMagic Arts to his fellow superheroes and his comic legacy? Here are a few Doctor Strange Easter eggsyou may not have noticed.
New York, New York The flow of time gets a little wacky in DoctorStrange, thanks to the influence of the Eye of Agamotto and the Infinity Stone poweringit.
But we can safely say that the film takesplace in a world that’s well aware of superheroes.
During a few shots in the film, we see theAvengers’ tower standing tall over New York.
However, by the end of Age of Ultron, theAvengers have abandoned the tower and moved to upstate New York like Rhinebeck hipsters.
Either way, hero stuff is going on, so Strangeisn’t alone.
War Machine? Moments before master surgeon Stephen Strangehas the car accident that changes his life, he hears about a 35-year-old with a spineproblem and an experimental suit of armor.
And despite an Easter egg dropped in Daredevil,it’s probably not Stilt-Man.
Mostly because no one would care if Stilt-Manwas paralyzed.
Tony Stark made pretty sure that no one wasflying around using any of his designs by blowing up his entire arsenal at the end ofIron Man 3, and we know that poor ol’ Rhodey suffered a pretty devastating spinal injuryduring Civil War.
While the filmmakers have denied any connection,how many people are really hanging out in “experimental armor” in the MCU? Shamballa “What’s this? My mantra?” “The WiFi password.
We’re not savages.
” The concept of Shamballa isn’t unique to DoctorStrange, as the mystical, otherworldly kingdom has existed in religious texts for centuries.
Not coincidentally, Into Shamballa is alsothe name of an important Doctor Strange story from 1986, concerning not only the death ofthe Ancient One, but also featuring Hamir, the one-handed magic man from the temple inthe movie.
While the comics reveal that Hamir is actuallyWong’s father, the film flipped the script in so many ways that it’s not likely thatthis relationship translated to the big screen.
Drumm Like most of Marvel’s heroes have done atone time or another, Doctor Strange has also relinquished his title and let someone elsefly around in his Cloak of Levitation for a while.
In the film, the now-dead guardian of theNew York Sanctum was simply called “Drumm.
” Eagle-eared Marvel fans will recognize thename as belonging to brothers Jericho and Daniel Drumm, the latter of which was a voodoohoungan.
Comic book things happen, and the two arejoined in spirit and become Brother Voodoo.
At one point, Jericho Drumm takes possessionof the Eye of Agamotto and takes the name “Doctor Voodoo,” who also happens to be theSorcerer Supreme.
It doesn’t last forever, but it’s clear thatthe MCU is planting magical seeds everywhere.
The Doctor Strange movie’s prelude comicsconfirm that this dead guardian was, in fact, Daniel Drumm.
Not only that, but the comics — and a briefmoment in the film — also feature Tina Minoru as another Master of the Mystic Arts.
She’s a secret practitioner of dark magicin Marvel’s Runaways, and mother of powerful witch Nico Minoru.
So, the Runaways have basically been confirmedin the MCU, and psychic pet dinosaurs can’t be that far behind, which is the greatestthing ever.
The Living Tribunal The hierarchy of power in Marvel Comics isconfusing, and even though there are only a few big, bad guys in the MCU, it’s alreadyreaching perplexing levels of power.
Thanos is no slouch, but he’s not much withouthis Infinity Stones.
Dormammu seems like a big deal, but he alsoseems like a less-intelligent version of Galactus so far.
So when Mordo mentions the Staff of the LivingTribunal, you know stuff is going to get crazy.
“This is the staff of the Living Tribunal.
” Though he’s a bit obscure, the Living Tribunalis one of Marvel’s many godlike characters: an enormous, all-powerful dude with a floatinghead that has three faces.
He essentially keeps all the multiverses inbalance and only has one being above him in terms of power.
No, actually it’s this guy.
And somehow, some part of The Living Tribunalis captured in a wooden stick in the middle of nowhere.
Because magic! The Wand of Watoomb and the Book of Vishanti Doctor Strange has a few signature magicalitems.
Among them are the Eye of Agamotto, whichcauses no end of trouble for Strange in both the film and the comics, and the Cloak ofLevitation.
Curiously missing is the Book of Vishanti,which is basically Strange‘s bible and encyclopedia, though it’s probably locked up in Wong’s well-guardedlibrary, right alongside the book that Strange does use, the Book of Cagliostro.
If you’ve been watching Agents of S.
,you know that there’s another magical book floating around the MCU at the moment as well:the Darkhold, which actually shares a few pages with the Book of Cagliostro.
Not to mention that the Book of Cagliostrohas a few pages that were actually written by God.
And probably a few by James Patterson.
We also get a glimpse of one of Strange‘sother signature weapons: the Wand of Watoomb.
Even though it’s Wong who wields the itemin defense of the Hong Kong Sanctum, that weird, knobby, horned stick is unmistakable.
Blu-ray replays will probably reveal evenmore of Strange‘s armory locked up in the Bleecker Street Sanctum.
Which, by the way, is located at 177A, justlike in the comics.
Nic West The jealous, potato-chip-loving Doctor NicWest is actually a character right out of the pages of a 2007 Doctor Strange story called”The Oath,” where he plays the doctor who bungles Strange‘s busted-up hands beyond usefulness.
He begins magical training, just like Strange,but he’s a C student at best.
Eventually, he accidentally kills someonewith magic, and he and Strange duke it out, with West falling off a building to his death.
And that scene where an astral Strange helpssomeone with an operation on his own mortal body? Straight out of “The Oath,” too.
Mindless Ones The Dark Dimension basically has three maininhabitants: Dormammu, his sister Umar, and… “The mindless ones!” Those guys are Dormammu’s featureless, grey,cycloptic hench-things.
At the conclusion of Doctor Strange, we seeKaecilius and his minions get sucked into the Dark Dimension, losing all their featuresin the process … and looking suspiciously like Mindless Ones during their transformation,with glints of light replacing their faces.
It seems likely that anyone who allies withDormammu and his promise of eternal life will eventually be transformed into a MindlessOne.
What this means for the Ancient One? We may never know… The Doors of Perception The obligatory Stan Lee cameo was so muchmore than just an old dude reading on the bus.
The book that Lee is giggling at is The Doorsof Perception by Aldous Huxley.
Not only is it a literal reference to Strange‘sperception of reality being forced open, but the book is pretty much an essay about a psychedelicdrug trip, which is no small comment on both the dazzling special effects of the movie,and the Dark Dimension.
That place looks like a Steve Ditko drawingcome to life, and it’s practically a spitting image of those 1970s Third Eye blacklightposters Marvel used to sell for your parents’ teenage drug dens.
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