ByCarlos Rosario Gonzalez, writer at
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Carlos Rosario Gonzalez

Season 4 of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is off to a marvelous start. The show has introduced , expanded the story of the within the and has even created an artificial human.

However, the latest episode, “Deals With Our Devils,” was one of the best yet of the entire series and there were several connections to throughout.

Here are the top four Doctor Strange references and Easter Eggs from the episode.

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1. The Mirror Dimension

When Eli Morrow was imbued with supernatural powers, the transmutation generated a pulse of energy and those who were near the blast instantly vanished. Among those hit by the blast were Agent Coulson, Fitz and Robbie Reyes and they were believed to be dead.

However, in this episode we learned that they weren't killed, but had been transferred to another dimension.

Eagle-eyed fans will have noticed that the scenes taking place in that other dimension had the same color scheme as the Astral Dimension, to which the Ancient One introduced Stephen Strange in the Doctor Strange movie.

The Astral Dimension in "Doctor Strange" | Marvel Studios
The Astral Dimension in "Doctor Strange" | Marvel Studios

The Astral Dimension is reached when a person’s soul exits their physical body. However, since both the souls and bodies of Coulson, Fitz and Reyes were transported to that other dimension, it’s more likely they were trapped within the Mirror Dimension instead.

As stated by the Ancient One in Doctor Strange:

"You are now inside the mirror dimension, ever present but undetected. The real world isn't affected by what happens here. We use the mirror dimension to train, surveil, and sometimes to contain threats. You don't want to be stuck inside here without your Sling Ring."

Without a Sling Ring (a device used to conjure portals and mystic weapons), a person within the Mirror Dimension would be stuck forever. As for Coulson, Fitz and Reyes, they didn’t have a Sling Ring, so how did they get out? This leads to the next reference!

2. Sling Rings And Portals

Without a Sling Ring a person in the Mirror Dimension is unable to leave. However, the way the S.H.I.E.L.D. team was able to rescue Coulson, Fitz and Reyes was through the readings of the , an ancient mystical book. The android Aida learned how to conjure a portal and was successful in bringing back the lost team.

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She did this was by creating a device in the shape of a circle. Then, using special gloves, via hand movements similar to the sorcerers of Kamar-Taj, Aida opened a gateway to the Mirror Dimension. The gloves she used were essentially the “science version” of a Sling Ring.

The Ancient One creating mystic geometric shapes | Marvel Studios
The Ancient One creating mystic geometric shapes | Marvel Studios

Later in the episode, Aida used the gloves to build a human brain. In both Doctor Strange and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the color and aesthetics of the Sling Ring mechanism are the same. Also, Aida designing a brain appears to be similar to the way the Ancient One created geometric shapes to cast spells and tap into mystic forces.

3. A Box Of Multiversal Proportions

In Doctor Strange, the multiverse was revealed when the Ancient One took Stephen Strange through a mind-bending mystical ride. In this epic montage, aspects of the multiverse are depicted in vibrant rainbow colors.

The multiverse appears to be referenced in this episode with a clever . As you can see in the clip below, the video screen with a rotating cube that's behind Agent May could be data about the multiverse being displayed. This was the scene where the S.H.I.E.L.D. team were reverse engineering Eli Morrow’s dimensional boxes. (Which would make an excellent scene to incorporate this reference.)

How’s that for a trippy Easter Egg!

4. Eli Morrow/Kaecilius

When Eli Morrow was about to be detained by a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives, in his hand he had a carbon spike that closely resembled the spikes that used as weapons in Doctor Strange.

Kaecilius | Marvel Studios
Kaecilius | Marvel Studios

Furthermore, the way Kaecilius was able to create his mystic spikes out of thin air is similar to the way Eli Morrow can create matter out of nothing.

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Deals With Our Devils

Did you catch all of these Doctor Strange-themed Easter Eggs in this episode? Did you find any others? Let me know in the comments!


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