Reason Why Doctor Strange Surrendered Thanos The Time Stone In Infinity War (Marvel Theory)

‘Avengers: Endgame’ is less than two months away, and it will mark the fantastic conclusion of Phase Three. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ finally showed Thanos and his plans to obtain the Infinity Stones. There were a bunch of surprising aspects in that film, but the fact that Doctor Strange gave up the Time Stone to save Tony was shocking. There have been many theories as to why, but the following might be the most accurate.


The beginning of ‘Infinity War’ showed that Thanos and his Black Order took over the spaceship Thor and the Asgardians used to escape Asgard in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. The Mad Titan already had the Power Stone, which Thor said he took from Xandar. As the story progressed, Thanos kept obtaining more gems and gaining more power.

The Time Stone was in Doctor Strange’s possession and hidden in the Eye of Agamotto, which is protected by simple but prevailing magic. Ebony Maw was forced to abduct Strange into the donut ship because he couldn’t simply take it from the wizard. Iron Man and Spider-Man followed them to the spaceship and saved him by using a reference from ‘Alien’, and they blew Ebony Maw into outer space.

Doctor Strange was not exactly grateful to be saved and promised that he wouldn’t give up the Time Stone for either of them. Once they landed on Titan, they were ambushed by the Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, they later realized that both teams were enemies of Thanos; so they aligned. Doctor Strange decided to take a trip with the Time Stone shortly after.

He looked to the future and saw 14,000,605 outcomes of the fight with the Mad Titan, and the superheroes only had one winning result. They devised a plan to take the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos with their combined strength, and everything was going well until Star-Lord discovered that the Mad Titan had killed Gamora.

He hit him, and Mantis was unable to keep her hold on his mind. This time, he was even angrier at those on his planet because they almost succeeded in taking the gauntlet. After a horrible battle, where Thanos incapacitated most of them and discovered that the Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange’s chest was fake, Tony was the only one left standing.

He also crumbled under the Mad Titan’s powers and was almost killed. But, Doctor Strange stopped him from dealing the final blow on Tony, and he surrendered the gem. When the Mad Titan left, Tony asked Strange why he did that, and the wizard said that “it was the only way”. Many theories took it to mean that Tony was important for the victorious outcome of the future.


However, that is only assuming that Doctor Strange’s plan was still in effect. There is a new notion which states that the wizard discovered something important during his travels into the future. This theory was posted on Reddit by user thomascgalvin, who stipulates that once the Infinity Gauntlet contained all the stones, it would only work once.

“My theory is that Strange realized the Snap was a one-time-only event, one which Thanos, even with the full complement of the Infinity Stones, could never replicate. First, the Snap damaged the Infinity Gauntlet. While it's still a powerful weapon, in its current state it can probably not be used to perform the Snap a second time.”

Right after the snap, Thanos had a dream-like scene where he saw Gamora in the Soul realm. When he returned, the gauntlet was almost burnt to a crisp, but he wielded the power of the Space Stone to leave Earth. This could mean that the individual features of each stone can be handled, but not something massive that requires all six.

Furthermore, there is no chance of another gauntlet because Thanos himself destroyed Eitri’s hands. “When Thanos mutilated Eitri's hands, he destroyed the only craftsman capable of harnessing the true might of the Infinity Stones. Together, these facts mean that if the Decimation can be reversed, Thanos will be well and truly thwarted.”

The only problem here is that the Time Stone could be used to reverse the gauntlet’s damage. The Mad Titan used it to reassemble the Mind Stone after Scarlet Witch destroyed it. Furthermore, he could restore Eitri’s hands, but messing with time is a delicate matter. Another issue is that rewinding time to undo the gauntlet’s harm could also reverse the snap, which would be pointless for Thanos.

‘Doctor Strange’ revealed that someone could get stuck in time loop if they hinder with time. Because the Time Stone was in the gauntlet when it was impaired, something wonky might happen if he tried to rewind things. Therefore, let’s continue discussing this theory stipulating that the glove does not work anymore, at least, for another Decimation.


The word has already been mentioned twice in the MCU. Tony said it during ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and then, by Doctor Strange used it during ‘Infinity War’. Many fans have compared it to the game of Chess, and the Avengers might be in the final stages of the game. This means that Doctor Strange’s plan is going according to plan.

Redditor thomascgalvin said, “In a chess endgame, one of the priorities is promoting a pawn, turning it into a more powerful piece. I suspect Ant-Man of being that pawn. He's had relatively little impact on the MCU to date, but we know he shows up at Avenger's headquarters. My guess is that the quantum technology he has access to will be used to open a portal to the Soul Realm and ‘reclaim the captured pieces’, so to speak.”

However, Scott Lang is not Hank Pym, and therefore, the Avengers need someone who can understand the science of the Quantum Realm. Bruce Banner could help, but the more likely person is Tony Stark. This might explain why Doctor Strange needed to save him. Most fans believe that ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will feature time travel, but our superheroes do not have the Time Stone.

They might use the time vortexes that Janet Van Dyne mentioned in the mid-credit scene of ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’, but they need the proper equipment that Tony could design. Therefore, Doctor Strange did not sacrifice the Time Stone because he knew that Thanos would win this round. Giving it away willingly only accelerate the timeline.

Ant-Man is not the flashiest character in the MCU. His movies are funny, but ultimately, not the most popular for audiences. Moreover, he is one of the only characters that has not appeared in any ‘Avengers’ films. However, he could be the key – or pawn – to solving everything in the next installment of the franchise.

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Some fans even believed that Scott was in the Quantum Realm during Thanos’ snap because Doctor Strange orchestrated it that way. Another theory states that Scott is going “back to the future” because of a time vortex. As Janet Van Dyne said, those phenomena are random; so you could end up anywhere. That might be why Janet stayed put in the Quantum Realm instead of risking it.

The notion continues stating that Scott will travel to the 90s to meet a younger Hank Pym, the only person that has invested a lot of time into understanding the Quantum Realm. It might explain why he chooses him as the next Ant-Man. It was because he already did. In fact, in the 2015 film, Pym told Scott that he had been watching him for some time.

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If this theory is true, perhaps Scott is more important in the MCU timeline than anyone originally realized. Everything is just speculation at this point, but it’s safe to assume that Doctor Strange’s actions were strategic as he had more insight and knowledge than others. The Avengers are ready for battle, and they will do “whatever it takes” to restore the universe.

Captain Marvel will definitely be an asset as well. Let us know if you agree with this theory. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that enjoy new Marvel notions and arguments. See you next time!

Source: Youtube/Screen Rant, Reddit


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