Why Doctor Strange Surrendered Thanos the Time Stone (Marvel Theory Explains)

Ever since Marvel dropped two trailers for the new Avengers movie, fans have discussed numerous theories and explanations for the events that unfolded last year in 'Avengers: Infinity War.' With the snap of his fingers, Thanos destroyed half of the universe and viewers have been scrambling ever since to figure out how the remaining Avengers will bring the dead back to life. The most important question in this entire scenario, is why did Doctor Strange so easily give up the Time Stone, after protecting it with his life? Let’s take a look at some facts and possibilities.

ORIGIN OF THE TITLE

We’ll start off the with the actual title: Endgame. Fans can recall one of the final lines from the previous movie, when Strange gave up the Time Stone and turned to Iron Man saying, “We're in the endgame now.” But, the titular isn’t so easily explained; it’s actually a strategy taken from the chess world. The term refers to a tactic that is used from promoting a pawn into a powerful piece, turning the tide of the game.

DOCTOR STRANGE AND HIS SHOCKINGLY 'STRANGE' MOVE

Now, about the Time Stone. It’s evident that Strange had some kind of strategic plan behind the move that left everyone stunned (including Stark). After viewing over 14 million possible futures before his fight, it’s clear that the Sorcerer witnessed one where his fellow heroes stayed alive. Many are assuming that all the events that have taken place are all part of some kind of long game the hero is playing. A new fan theory tries to explain why Doctor Strange decided to relinquish the Infinity Stone, after swearing his life to protect it - in exchange for Tony Stark’s life.

GONE FOR GOOD OR HERE TO STAY?

Today’s theory focuses on how the use of the Infinity Gauntlet’s full power was a one-time-only feat, and how the damage after the snap will hold back the stone’s full potential. Redditor Thomascgalvin suggested that Strange could’ve come to this realization after viewing 14 million alternate futures. Furthermore, the Gauntlet had suffered a lot of damage, hinting at the fact that it was possibly beyond repair. In addition, a forgery or replacement of the Gauntlet is also unlikely especially after removing Eitri’s hands, following the Gauntlet’s construction.

Just like with every theory, there is an obvious flaw. Firstly, this theory undermines the power the Time Stone itself might possess; if it’s powerful enough, it could reverse the damage to the Gauntlet or Eitri’s hands. This was made evident after the destruction made by the Scarlet Witch when Thanos used the stone to restore Vision. Also, keep in mind that just because the Gauntlet is damaged, it doesn’t mean the Infinity Stones are hampered, and Etri was still left alive - probably for a good reason.

FROM PAWN TO WINNING PIECE

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Let’s go back to the “endgame” titular, as it explains the second part of this theory. Doctor Strange’s use of the terminology might be referring to the size-changing superhero, Antman. Because his role and survival were confirmed for 'Endgame,' it can be theorized that Strange was hinting at the hero playing a larger role in the upcoming sequel. There is also a possibility that the title is suggesting at different gameplay in the new movie. Referring back to chess, the Thanos battle within the sequel might be mental, instead of physical like last time.

This theory makes sense when we evaluate Ant-Man’s previous role as a superhero. Nobody really took him seriously, and he was mostly placed and used for comic relief rather than something significant - making him the pawn. This scenario suggests that the importance of the hero is significantly understated, especially now that we know the Quantum Realm is going to play a much more significant part than previously suspected.

WHAT WE CAN ASSUME BASED ON THE NEW TRAILER

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Based on what we saw in the new trailers, general speculation is that the sequel will focus on both the Quantum Realm and time travel. There is the possibility that the heroes will use the phenomenon and Realm to defeat Thanos. If you think about it, one of the most logical ways to reverse the damage and destruction of the universe is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Hence, going back in time.

Photos of the cast on set were leaked as well, showing the Avengers in their old uniforms. Again, this either confirms the suspicion of the time travel theory, or we’ll simply get some flashbacks of what happened. The premiere of Avengers: Endgame is set for April 26, right between the debut of two other Marvel movies; 'Captain Marvel’ in March, and 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' in July.

For over 10 years, MCU fans have been trying to connect the dots with the 20 plus films that have been released, coming up with their own theories and sharing them with others. From nonsense crazy talk, to actually well thought out hypotheses, thousands of ideas have circulated the web. What do you guys think - is Thomascgalvin’s suggestion realistic, or is the theory missing some key elements? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for more info on the upcoming sequel.

Sources: CBR, Time

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