Last year released, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War was a blockbuster hit and left many questions among fans.
Infinity Wars events were tragic. A very believable fan theory perfectly explains what Doctor Strange saw in the future during Avengers: Infinity War (2018). It also explains what Doctor Strange’s expression to Tony Stark meant in Avengers: Endgame.
Doctor Strange in saw the future
There are two instances between Iron Man and Doctor Strange that struck a cord in the MCU fans hearts and minds.
One happened in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) when Stephen Strange revealed to Tony Stark that out of 14 million futures, he saw only one scenario where the Avengers won.
Second, in Avengers: Endgame, when Tony asks Stephen if they win against Thanos, Strange tells him that if I tell the outcome, it won’t happen. Afterward, Stark gazes at Stephen who lifts his hand indicating ‘one’.
The theory behind Strange seeing future
Shared online by u/suoicil, the theory suggests that Strange ended up in the sequence from The Matrix Reloaded, where The Architect has hundreds upon hundreds of various screens focused on Neo (Keanu Reeves).
While it seems a bit unnecessary a Sorcerer Supreme would revert to something crude such as this, the theory is still the same. Using what we found out from the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) in Doctor Strange, we know that it’s impossible to see past one’s death.
Ancient One could not see past her own death so I imagine it’s the same for Strange as well.
So, when he peers into the Eye of Agamoto, imagine it’s like a giant wall with 14000605 tv screens, like the Architect from Matrix Reloaded. Each screen represents a possible future. He hits play. He watches all the screens at once.
A few screens go black, and then a couple hundred more, and a couple thousand more, and then suddenly almost all of them go black.
Strange watches in horror as the few remaining screens slowly flicker away like a Dothraki Horde against the Night King’s Army. He sits there hopelessly in a deafeningly silent pitch black void.
Thanos truly is inevitable. Moments pass, then suddenly a couple of screens come back on. He keeps watching. One by one they go black again until there is just one single screen left playing.
He fullscreen the window and he rewinds it all the way back until, boom, he’s back on Titan. That worried look he gave Tony wasn’t because of the slim chance of winning, but because he basically sealed Tony’s fate.
That one single screen left playing was essentially the last part of “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” played in reverse. All Strange needs to do now is hit play.
So when Tony asked him if this was the one, he just didn’t want to spoil the movie.