Doctor Strange's Plan Might Not be All That Strange After All

After so many months of waiting, Marvel finally released a tiny glimpse of Avengers: Endgame, and while the title of the movie does not really reveal much about the story of this film, it takes us back to a line from Infinity War. Doctor Strange told Iron Man at one point that they were “in the endgame now”. Let’s dive into what this means exactly for the final movie in Phase Three.

Doctor Strange’s words

In Infinity War, we witness how the warlock went forward in time using the Time Stone to look at all the possible outcomes of the battle against Thanos, and after seeing more than 14 million, he revealed that they only win in one scenario. We have speculated a lot about this statement, and there are thousands of theories out there, explaining the sorcerer’s plan.

However, after their battle on Titan, when our heroes were not able to take the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos, Doctor Strange uttered the mysterious words, meaning that he knew all along that they would not succeed at that moment. We assume that there is something else going on, as he saw the bigger picture, but unfortunately, it’s up to the remaining heroes to figure out how to win.

Right now, only the original Avengers and Rocket Raccoon remain to fight against the Mad Titan. The trailer of Endgame revealed that our heroes have come up with a plan, as Black Widow told Steve Rogers, “This is going to work, Steve,” to which he answered, “I know it is. Because I don't know what I'm going to do if it doesn't." Whatever they have planned has to be what Doctor Strange saw.


Throughout Infinity War, the sorcerer told Tony Stark that he would not be relinquishing the Time Stone, even to save anyone’s life, so we were all surprised when he gave it up just when Thanos was about to kill Iron Man. At that point, he got left on Titan with Tony, Spider-Man, Nebula, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, telling Stark that they were in the “endgame”, though he was not happy about it.

This probably means that even though there is a chance, the superheroes will win, it would not be a complete victory. Something or someone might have to be sacrificed in order to save the universe from the decimation, which is the name of Thanos’ snap. From the leaked photos of the set, most people are assuming that the plan is going back in time.

One moment to be visited is the Battle of New York from Avengers, but there is also speculation about going back to the 40s. However, the questions that are plaguing us are how Doctor Strange came up with a plan, set it in motion, and if he somehow communicated it with the remaining heroes. We are assuming that he knew he would suffer the effects of the snap.

Could he have recorded something in the Benatar? He might have seen the Avengers coming up with something that would work and just acted accordingly to bring that future forth. In any case, the words “we’re in the endgame now” mean that the plan is coming to fruition, but at a great cost. Remember that endgame is a point in chess when you have to sacrifice important pieces to get to the king.

Is there only one way to stop Thanos?

People also wondered if the only way to win in the end was to actually let Thanos be victorious in the first place. In the ending scene of Infinity War, we saw the Mad Titan, settling on a farm “watching the sunrise on a grateful universe”, and the trailer even showed his armor turned into a scarecrow just like the comic books. Is his guard down now?

Is there a chance that they might sneak their plan without the Mad Titan noticing? The trailer also showed the Infinity Gauntlet was definitely damaged after the decimation, so we can assume that he cannot snap his fingers again, even if he needed to. Therefore, Doctor Strange might have seen that the only way to destroy the magical artifact was to actually let it work with the six Infinity Stones.

Did we know the title of this movie earlier?

For several months, Anthony and Joe Russo teased us regarding the name of the fourth Avengers movie, and some fans even theorized that it would be called “Endgame”, but the brothers asserted the title had not been uttered at any point in Infinity War, claiming that no one had gotten it right yet. While it’s possible that the studio changed the name or they were just lying, this is not the first time that “endgame” has been used.

Even before Infinity War, we had heard this wording before. In Age of Ultron, when the robot A.I. escaped from the Avengers Tower, the other heroes faced against Tony for his creation. Stark defended himself, stating that it was supposed to protect the world in the event of an invasion like what Loki did in Avengers. Tony said:

“We're the Avengers. We can bust arms dealers all the live long day, but that up there... that's the endgame."

We do not know if this was intentional because that movie was directed by Joss Whedon and not the Russo brothers, but it fits perfectly with what we are seeing right now. Later, Iron Man asked the team how they would defeat another villain, and Captain American said, “Together,” and when Tony asked him what to do if they lost, Steve continued with, “Then we'll do that together too." Well, that came true.

Sneaking the title in a picture

Many fans questioned the reason why the title of the film had not been revealed for so long, and back in April, even Kevin Feige said that the decision was ill-thought out as they just wanted to keep people focused on the newly released Infinity War. However, that still does not answer why they decided to keep it a secret until the release of the first trailer.

Some speculate that it’s because the title changed, as rumors stated that it was going to be called “Annihilation”, and the studio was still deciding. Another reason might be the suspense created hype among fans. In any case, as we mentioned earlier, the Russo brothers were cruelly teasing the fans for months.

They posted a behind-the-scenes picture that seemed to reveal the name, but you really had to look at the lightning and the rest of the props on the set to catch it. Some eagle-eyed fans were able to build the word “endgame” from certain items in the photo, but it seems a little too farfetched for us. Either way, we are glad that we finally have a title.

What do you think of the name Endgame? Could something else have fit better? What do you think will happen with Doctor Strange’s plan? At this point, we really wish for the Time Stone, so we could travel to April and see the movie right away. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who like to theorize online. See you next time!

Sources used: Screen Rant

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