[POSSIBLE MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD FOR DOCTOR STRANGE]
Following the amazing success of Doctor Strange critically, financially, and by the fans, Kevin Feige sat down with SlashFilm to discuss time travel and how it’s used in Doctor Strange, which we covered here. Fittingly, that conversation continued and opened up to a discussion on Avengers: Infinity War and how Doctor Strange and Vision will play into the big team-up title. Each infinity stone will certainly play an important part in Thanos’ quest to collect them all, but seeing as how some are in the possession of certain heroes, things are bound to get personal.
SlashFilm: Yeah, with the stone inside Vision, it’s inside of him, and it’s part of him. And now Doctor Strange, the Time Stone is part of who he is–
Feige: It’s getting more specific, isn’t it?
SlashFilm: Can you talk about the becoming more personal with the Infinity Stones?
Feige: Yeah. I mean, I think that’s there are a couple of reasons for that. One is as you’re introducing the fourth and fifth versions of these MacGuffins that we’ve been playing with for a long time, you wanna do something different with them and not just have them be an object passed around. So the notion that something is inherent in the literal body of one of your lead heroes is interesting. And the idea that the Eye of Agamotto’s a great relic over the course of Doctor Strange comics anyway. That seemed like it had fun potential to say, you know why it can do a lot of those things? Because it’s this other thing. As we then get into future movies, it also becomes certainly ripe with potential for conflict and drama that it’s not something buried in a cave it’s something he has to go get, but rather something in a beloved hero’s head.
Indeed this will be a major plot point for our heroes when Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 roll around. Vision is in an especially unique position, with the Mind Stone embedded in his head. Still, at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor does say if Vision can wield the hammer, then he can keep the Mind Stone, perhaps alluding to the idea that removing it won’t kill him. Either way, though, it is certainly a cause for conflict as Feige mentioned. When it comes to Doctor Strange and the Time Stone, he actually wears it, but let’s not forget it’s still a MacGuffin being sought after by Thanos.
This also begs to question: does the Eye of Agamotto lose all its abilities once the Time Stone is removed? Perhaps not. More importantly though what will become of the heroes currently wielding the stones? Feige isn’t spilling those beans yet, instead, he confirmed that it will be a personal battle for Doctor Strange going forward. With Strange opening the MCU up to different dimensions and realities, really anything can happen at this point. This is something Marvel and Feige are aware of and perhaps it will play a part in the future of the MCU.
SlashFilm: So how much of this is like setting up some of what we might see, with our heroes in different times and dimensions and…?
Feige: Yeah, I mean, I think it clearly is setting up certain things. In the immediate future, being the movies, we’ve announced… I think those with knowledge of the comics may expect things that will not be happening in the movies. Those who don’t know what has happened in the comics will be shocked at what we do. But yeah, once that Gauntlet is on, as the poster of Doctor Strange says, “the impossibilities are endless.” How do you fight that? How can you defeat that? So we play into all of that. We play into all that stuff. I don’t know that we’ll get into Earth 1 thru 616 in any one moment anytime soon.
It’s going to be interesting to see what they can cook up for Infinity War, regardless I am hoping for plenty of shock, awe, and endless impossibilities to all occur.