by Ryan Rigley
There's a reason that the rumor of Viggo Mortensen appearing as Doctor Strange in "Thor: The Dark World" seemed too good to be true: it wasn't true, as confirmed by Marvel's Victoria Alonso. But she never said anything about Strange not making that rumored appearance in the "Thor" sequel.
Upon first glance, the choice to include Doctor Stephen Strange in a "Thor" film seems, well, strange. However, these two superheroes do, in fact, have a long-running history together as seen in the comic books. Read on for our list of connections between Thor and Doctor Strange!
Eye of Agamotto
Remember that scene inside Odin's Vault back in the first "Thor" movie? Well, if you look closely you can spot the Eye of Agamotto, an amulet bestowed upon Doctor Strange in order to battle Dormammu after he has proven himself worthy, among several other objects of power. Clearly, Stephen Strange has not proven himself worthy yet which is why the amulet remains under the protection of Asgard for the time being. Hopefully, we'll get to see that rite of passage in "The Dark World."
Card Carrying Avengers
Both Doctor Strange and Thor have been members of The Avengers at one time or another. Currently, Strange resides on the New Avengers team while Thor, obviously, remains on the main Avengers team. Strange has also been known to lead his own separate team of heroes, The Defenders. However, the fact that they've both been considered to be among Earth's Mightiest Heroes make it a little easier for us to picture the two of them fighting side by side in "The Avengers 2."
At one point in the comics, Loki tricks Strange into believing that Thor is evil. As a result, Strange casts a spell that magically removes Mjolnir from Thor's grasp. Of course, Strange eventually discovers Loki's true nature and returns Mjolnir to Thor. In return, Thor (disguised as Dr. Donald Blake) saves Strange's life by operating on him after an intense battle with one of his arch rivals, Baron Mordo.
The Lord of the Dark Dimension has been a consistent enemy of both Doctor Strange and the Asgardians for some time now. There was a time, in the comics, where he and Loki forged an alliance together, tricking the Avengers and the Defenders into battling each other over a magical artifact known as the Evil Eye; Thor fighting for the Avengers and Doctor Strange fighting for the Defenders.
If "The Infinity Gauntlet" is, in fact, going to be the focus of the "Avengers" sequel, then it would make perfect sense that Marvel plans on introducing Doctor Strange well before 2015. After all, Doctor Strange plays a huge part in the "Infinity Gauntlet" story, magically transporting Earth's Mightiest Heroes directly to Thanos and casting a spell that allows them to breathe in outer space. With that said, we here at MTV News sincerely hope that the aforementioned Doctor Strange rumor is true.
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