(WARNING: The following contains a prominent — albeit only moderately plot-related, but heavily Infinity Stone-centric — SPOILER for Marvel Studios' recently released Doctor Strange. Proceed with whatever level of caution the All-Seeing Eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise.)
Now, #MarvelStudios' latest addition to its ever-expanding #Marvel Cinematic Universe, #DoctorStrange, may appear on the surface to be a fairly straightforward origin story — the strange tale of a cocksure surgeon forced to look beyond himself to better help the world — but it's also a vessel for a whole lot of mystery. From subtle nods to other parts of the #MCU, to ever-so-teasing post-credits sequences, the good doctor is no stranger to mystery, or to careful hinting towards future developments.
For devoted fans of the MCU, though, there's really only one big mystery that counts, and one big question:
Does Doctor Strange Finally Confirm THAT Infinity Stone Theory?
Specifically, the one long-theorized by devoted Marvel fans the world over: That Strange's Eye of Agamotto is, in fact, hiding the fifth Infinity Stone.
Such thinking has, after all, become widely accepted by many fans, with several key figures from Doctor Strange's production suggestion that the Eye contains a gem that can control time seeming to support the theory, and indeed suggest that the gem in question will turn out to be the Time Stone. All of which, of course, matters greatly to anyone interested in the plans #Thanos (the MCU's Big Bad) might have for #AvengersInfinityWar in 2018, since they seem sure to involve not only the Infinity Gauntlet he's been spotted wearing...
...but also the numerous Infinity Stones that are now dotted around the universe. Indeed, if it were to turn out that Doctor Strange does indeed have his very own Infinity Stone, his chances of playing a key role in Avengers: Infinity War would seem to grow immeasurably.
The big question now, then?
(And, heads up, this is where that aforementioned SPOILER really kicks in, so do proceed with caution if you haven't yet seen 'Doctor Strange' in theaters.)
Does The Eye Of Agamotto Contain An Infinity Stone?
Well, to be entirely straightforward about it? Yes, yes it does.
Not only does Doctor Strange's Eye of Agamotto contain a small green gem, and possess the ability to turn back time, but it is also explicitly revealed to be an Infinity Stone towards the end of the film. Which, as far as comprehensive conclusions go, is right up there with "Stephen Strange possesses a medical degree," and "Thanos has a shiny golden glove, and intends to use it for something dastardly."
And, so, don't be too surprised when Doc Strange turns up in a key role in Avengers: Infinity War, and loses the Eye of Agamotto to Thanos at some point during proceedings. Or, for that matter, when pretty much everyone else who's ever appeared in the MCU turns up too — but then, that's a whole other story.
What do you think, though? How will Thanos eventually get his hands on the Time Stone — and what does that mean for Dr. Strange? Let us know below!