New Multiverse of Madness Powers Explained

The trailers and teasers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness continue to reveal some of the variants and chaos that Strange, Scarlet Witch and more will come across, and one of the most intriguing Strange variants is Sinister Strange, who has been revealed to have a third eye – but what are the powers of this? The Marvel Cinematic Universe is currently in its Phase 4, which covers both movies and TV shows and is exploring new concepts, the main one so far being the multiverse and its many dangers.

The multiverse has been teased in TV shows and it was explored deeper in Spider-Man: No Way Home, where Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) unintentionally opened the gates to the multiverse, and even though they closed them before major chaos was unleashed, there will be serious consequences. These will be explored in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where Strange will travel into the multiverse to face a mysterious new adversary and in the process will come across some of his multiverse variants, along with those of his ally Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen).


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The trailers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness have shown some of the variants of Strange and Scarlet Witch that the multiverse will bring into the current MCU timeline, and the most talked-about one has been Sinister Strange, who in the latest teaser is shown with a third eye – but what is this third eye and what powers does it give Sinister Strange?

What Is Sinister Strange’s Third Eye In Multiverse Of Madness?

Although this is the first time Doctor Strange (any variant of him) is shown with a third eye, the audience is already familiar with it, as it’s none other than the Eye of Agamotto. In the comics, the Eye of Agamotto is a magical talisman created by Agamotto, a member of the Vishanti, a trio of supernatural, god-like entities. The Eye of Agamotto is usually possessed by the Sorcerer Supreme, a role that once belonged to Agamotto himself. The Eye is used to find and show “truth”, and it can emit an “all-revealing light”, play back recent events, it accompanies the wearer’s astral form, is one of the few items that can be used when in astral form (though in that scenario it’s less powerful), and it has abilities similar to telepathy but more magical rather than psionic. When using the Eye, a third eye often appears on the forehead of the wearer, just like in the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness teaser.

Also in the comics, the Eye is used for order or “white” magic only and doesn’t respond to the commands of an evil wearer, meaning it can only be used by sorcerers with a pure heart and a clean soul. Of course, there have been exceptions to this, such as when Baron Mordo (disguised as Strange) was able to use the Eye and even Loki wore and used the talisman at some point. The third eye on Sinister Strange’s forehead, then, is the Eye of Agamotto, and while this raises many questions about how and why this evil version of Doctor Strange is able to use the Eye, it also solves a big question about Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

Doctor Strange’s Third Eye Explains The Eye Of Agamotto’s Return

The Eye of Agamotto made its first MCU appearance in Doctor Strange, and its story is similar to the one in the comics, but its uses so far have been very different. In the MCU, the Eye of Agamotto was created by Agamotto as a containment device for the Time Stone, which in turn grants the wearer some interesting powers. Doctor Strange used the Eye of Agamotto during the Battle at the Hong Kong Sanctum to stop Kaecilius and Dormammu, but during the Battle of Titan in Avengers: Infinity War, Strange gave the Time Stone to Thanos, and the Mad Titan crushed the Eye of Agamotto. However, the Eye was reconstructed at some point after the Battle of Earth in Avengers: Endgame as Strange was wearing it in Spider-Man: No Way Home, though it doesn’t contain the Time Stone anymore. Sinister Strange’s third eye shows that there’s more to the Eye than just keeping an Infinity Stone, and the talisman itself also has other properties in the MCU.

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What New Powers Sinister Strange’s Third Eye Gives Him

In addition to showing “truth”, playing back recent events, and being one of the few items that can be used when the wearer is in their astral form, the Eye of Agamotto grants other powers to its users. In the comics, the Eye radiates a mystical light that allows Strange to see through disguises and illusions (including those of Skrulls), see past events, track ethereal and corporeal beings by their psychic or magical emissions, and weakens various evil mystical beings. The Eye also grants Strange the ability to probe the minds of others, project a mystical barrier, create portals to other dimensions, and transport dozens of beings of all kinds and power levels to another point in the universe. The Eye has also been used to pierce the veil of the Dark Dimension, project bolts of pure mystic force, reverse the flow of time, and on Strange’s command, it can implant itself on the forehead of other beings.

Will The MCU’s Real Doctor Strange Awaken His 3rd Eye?

While Doctor Strange has come a long way from his days as an egocentric and selfish neurosurgeon, he still has a lot to learn about the mystic arts. In Doctor Strange, the Ancient One told Strange to “open his eye” right before sending him on a trip through different dimensions, and though that was interpreted as a metaphor, the Ancient One might have been referring to literally opening his third eye so he could see the real truth. There’s a reason why Doctor Strange keeps wearing the Eye of Agamotto even though it doesn’t hold the Time Stone anymore, so Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could see Strange finally awakening his third eye and seizing the full potential of the talisman. Now, as for why Sinister Strange has already awoken his third eye, it could be a projection of Strange’s Eye, as in the comics (as mentioned above), the Eye can implant itself on the forehead of others. Doctor Strange’s upcoming travels through the multiverse will be some of the biggest lessons the sorcerer will ever learn, and they might awaken new powers in him, such as that of the third eye through the Eye of Agamotto.

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Adrienne Tyler is a features writer for Screen Rant. She is an Audiovisual Communication graduate who wanted to be a filmmaker, but life had other plans (and it turned out great). Prior to Screen Rant, she wrote for Pop Wrapped, 4 Your Excitement (4YE), and D20Crit, where she was also a regular guest at Netfreaks podcast. She was also a contributor for FanSided’s BamSmackPow and 1428 Elm. Adrienne is very into films and she enjoys a bit of everything: from superhero films to heartbreaking dramas, to low-budget horror films. Every time she manages to commit to a TV show without getting bored, an angel gets its wings.

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