With Scarlet Witch costarring in Doctor Strange: in the Multiverse of Madness, we delve into the magic-based characters’ most intense comic battle.
It’s well known that Doctor Strange‘s Eye of Agamotto is the locket that houses the Time Stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, in Marvel’s Primary comic book universe, The Eye is a conduit for a very different set of powers – one of which was responsible for saving the world from an unhinged Scarlet Witch.
In 2004’s Avengers: Disassembled by Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch, the Avengers experience their most disastrous and personal defeat yet when the Scarlet Witch loses control of her reality-bending chaos magic and attacks her teammates. Over time, Wanda’s fragile mental state had gone untreated, and as a result, her sudden psychotic breakdown causes cataclysmic events to transpire that lead to her former android lover Vision, Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Clint Barton/Hawkeye being killed without warning. In the final issue (#503) of the heart-stopping story arc, Doctor Strange arrives to inform the Avengers that one of their greatest allies is responsible for their greatest loss to date.
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The Avengers are shocked to learn the truth, with some refusing to accept the reality of the situation out of guilt from knowing they could have prevented these terrible consequences had they only been attentive to the blatant signs of Wanda’s mental illness. And when Doctor Strange leads the Avengers to find and confront their deranged colleague, Wanda retreats even further within herself and orchestrates the Avengers to turn on one another. But as the chaos ensues, the Sorcerer Supreme makes a move to end the anarchy of the chaos-wielding witch’s powers once and for all.
The fate of all reality comes down to wizard versus witch as Doctor Strange directs all the magic he can conjure to subdue Wanda – but it’s not nearly enough. The Scarlet Witch pulls a wicked ruse and summons the all-consuming Dormammu to keep the good doctor busy. Strange retaliates by activating the power of the Eye of Agamotto, and with the magical ornament’s primary ability to emit an all-revealing light that divulges the purest form of the truth to whoever it’s aimed at, the Scarlet Witch is finally thwarted from being forced to bear the reality of her catastrophic actions.
Given the MCU’s emphasis on the time-traveling capabilities of the Eye of Agamotto, it may come as a surprise to some fans that the comic version of the magical amulet boasts very different qualities. Imagining a more comic-accurate representation of The Eye could have sent the MCU’s events down an entirely different track; If Thanos had been hit with the trinket’s all-revealing light, perhaps he would have ceased his infinity conquest early on after being shown the truth of his own self-fulfilling delusions. Of course, with WandaVision and Doctor Strange: in the Multiverse of Madness on the MCU horizon, there just might be a need for Strange to adopt a new power more in line with the Eye of Agamotto’s comic roots. In that case, it wouldn’t be so far fetched to witness a showdown similar to that of Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange‘s epic battle featured in Avengers: Disassembled – after all, WandaVision is expected to draw inspiration from House of M, a famous comic storyline that Disassembled was the narrative prelude to. Only time shall tell!
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