(Warning: The following contains potential — albeit largely theoretical and/or trailer-based — SPOILERS for Marvel's upcoming Doctor Strange. Proceed with whatever level of caution the all-seeing eye of Agamotto suggests to you is wise.)
Now, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe may well now be on an inexorable collision course with the mad Titan Thanos, his Infinity Gauntlet, and the Infinity War that they seem certain to spark, we're still technically waiting to discover the location of two of the six iconic Infinity Stones. Sure, there are some pretty darned strong theories, but as of right now we're very much lacking official, in-universe confirmation regarding just when the fifth and sixth stones will make their MCU debut. Or are we? Y'see...
The Latest Doctor Strange TV Spot Seemingly Confirms An Infinity Stone's Location
Specifically, that TV spot right up there, entitled "Time." In it, we see the good doctor facing off against the villainous Kaecilius, and making use of a fancy green spell as he does so.
So far, so sensible — Doc Strange is a master of the mystic arts, after all. Things, though, get a little weird from there. Y'see, as the video's title suggests, Strange's greenish magic appears to set time in motion.
All the way through to what appears to be a look at a younger, pre-kon, either. We're talking the backwards, reversed film-footage, extremely time-travel-ly sort of motion.
All the way through to what appears to be a look at a younger, magic-free Doctor Strange.
Now, it's entirely possible that the TV spot is, in large part, simply a fun visual conceit — one that doesn't actually tell us all that much about what to expect from the finished movie. After all, if it isn't simply a nice concept for a trailer, then it's likely an absolutely massive spoiler.
Either way, though...
It Now Seems All-But-Certain That A Key Infinity Stone Theory Is True
Specifically, the one that suggests that Doctor Strange's "Eye of Agamotto" — the most likely source of the magic in the above video — is secretly the resting place of the fifth Infinity Stone, the Time Stone.
After all, with the Eye having already been heavily teased to be hiding inside the Eye of Agamotto (and having a 50/50 shot at being green, based on the image above, the only other available and unidentified color being orange), and the new Doctor Strange TV spot seemingly teasing time-related powers, it seems distinctly likely that we'll now see the Time Stone turn up in the movie.
Or, alternatively, the folks at Marvel Studios are now just screwing with us, in which case, fair play to them.
Doctor Strange is set to arrive in theaters November 4th (or a week earlier if you're lucky enough to live in certain international markets), and if you just can't wait, we've got everything you need to know about it right here.
In the meantime, though, what do you think? Is the Time Stone really hiding in Doctor Strange? Let us know below!