The latest addition to the #MCU, #DoctorStrange, introduced mysticism to the universe. The movie had mind-boggling visuals, outstanding cinematography and superb acting. That being said, #TildaSwinton did a phenomenal job as well in playing the Ancient One.
The Ancient One’s Death
The Ancient One mentors Strange in the mystic arts throughout most of his time at Kamar-Taj. When Strange and Mordo are surrounded by Kaecilius and his Zealots in the Mirror Dimension, she arrives there just in time to save them. But while doing so she loses in her final battle with Kaecilius, who leaves her in an extremely critical condition, leading to her eventual death. Moments before she expires, the Ancient One enters the Astral Dimension and conveys her final words of wisdom to Stephen:
"Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered and your time is short. You'd think after all this time I'd be ready. But look at me. Stretching one moment out into a thousand... just so that I can watch the snow."
Why Is This A Good Thing
Now, all of this may be highly heart-rending, but once you think about it, the Ancient One’s death just before Strange’s final battle against #Dormammu is highly relevant for her. Y’see, right before Dormammu begins to devour Earth, Strange entraps him in an endless time loop. As the being is independent of time and has never experienced this phenomenon before, he ultimately breaks and fulfills Stephen’s desire by leaving Earth and taking his Zealots with him. Doing so required meddling with the laws of time and space, but Stephen did it anyway because there was no other way.
We all know that the Ancient One drew power from the Dark Dimension — just like the Zealots — to stay alive for thousands of years. If she were alive at the time of Stephen’s bargain with Dormammu, she would’ve had met the same fate as Kaecilius and his followers — she would have been sucked into the Dark Dimension as a gray, faceless creature.
This fate can be considered worse than death, as the beings that the Zealots transformed into greatly resembled the Mindless Ones from the comics. The Mindless Ones are a race of powerful creatures that live in the Dark Dimension and serve Dormammu. They are faceless life forms with massive gray bodies and a single shimmering eye. Apart from their immense physical strength, they can shoot powerful energy blasts from their glistening eyes. The Mindless Ones have no purpose of their own and are without will. Independent of any thought or emotion, they only do what Dormammu commands them to do.
Since Doctor Strange had no other choice than to bargain with Dormammu — and Dormammu took away everyone that drew energy from the Dark Dimension, transforming them into his Mindless Ones — the Ancient One would’ve suffered a similar fate if she were alive at that time. Suffice it to say, the Ancient One’s death was really a good thing as it saved her from a doomed life of eternity.
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