The majority of the Marvel movies culminate in a large-scale battle sequence that totals the entire city or planet. Even the MCU’s most atypical characters, like Thor and Wanda Vision, end with a big battle scene. But the movie Doctor Strange completely subverts this trope of MCU battle, with its most formulaic entry. The MCU introduces Cumberbatch’s character in Doctor Strange, which shows how Stephen Strange becomes a superhero. Doctor Strange’s repeated deaths at the hands of Dormammu made him stronger and prepared him to fight with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. So let us see how Doctor Strange is capable of doing so.
1. Doctor Strange plays a major role in the Avengers’ victory against Thanos.
Strange visits more than 14 million possible futures in Infinity War and discovers the only way of defeating the Mad Titan. Later, he becomes the victim of Thanos’ deadly finger snap, and he returns after the Avengers reverse the snap in the movie Avengers: Endgame. Doctor Strange reminds Tony Stark of the only way of defeating Thanos. And so Stark steals the Infinity Stone from the Mad Titan, sacrificing his life.
2. Doctor Strange’s fight against Dormammu becomes an essential part of his role in the battle against Thanos.
Dormammu, who is the ruler of the Dark Dimension, is beyond time. So Strange defeats Dormammu by ultimately trapping him in a time loop. But the monster isn’t familiar with the idea of time as a weapon, so he repeatedly kills Strange until it becomes too much to handle. Ultimately Doctor Strange bargains with Dormammu to leave Earth alone. This act helps Strange fight against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
3. Doctor Strange’s many death made him more powerful than before in Infinity War.
The time Strange spent in the Dark Dimension helped him in gaining more mastery over his powers. The Doctor Strange that emerges from the time loops isn’t the same character as he was before. Instead, his magical powers are enhanced. He gets much stronger by the end of the ordeal.
4. Strange’s fight with Dormammu prepares him for his actual death in Avengers: Infinity War.
In Infinity War, more than 14 million possible futures also included 14 million possible ways for him to die. The repeated deaths of Strange made him more numb to the outcomes. After all, Strange would prefer dying once rather than dying over and over again for all eternity.