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Quote1 I have been accused of being unrelenting. Merciless. Perhaps I am. For I have looked into that heart of darkness. I know the chill of evil. I have clearly seen that, no matter what, sometimes the night cannot be kept at bay. So I carefully choose my battles. I fight those I can win. And make sure the ones I can't win are worth dying for. Quote2
Doctor Strange[src]

Dr. Stephen Strange, M.D.,[26] a.k.a. Doctor Strange, was the Sorcerer Supreme for Earth-616.[14] Strange was once a brilliant but arrogant Neurosurgeon, until a car accident crippled his hands.[11] When modern medicine failed him, he embarked on a journey to Kamar-Taj in Tibet, where he was trained by the Ancient One.[11] He healed his hands and learned more about Magic, eventually becoming a Master of the Mystic Arts.[14] He settled in the Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, New York City, becoming the Earth's protector from any mystical threats.[27]


This is an abridged version of Stephen Strange's history. For a complete history see Stephen Strange's Expanded History

Early Life[]

Stephen Strange was born to Eugene and Beverly Strange in November[28] 1930 while the couple was vacationing in Philadelphia. In 1932, Stephen's sister Donna was born at the family's Nebraska farm. Knowing that Strange was destined to become the next Sorcerer Supreme, a resentful apprentice sorcerer, Karl Mordo, beset the child with demons from the age of eight through to adulthood, as he was jealous that a kid would be better than him. Ultimately Strange was rescued by Mordo's master, the Ancient One, mystic protector of the Earth-realm as the then-current Sorcerer Supreme. Shortly after this torment began, Stephen's brother, Victor, was born. At age eleven, Strange aided an injured Donna, an experience which ultimately fostered an interest in medicine.[29] At age fifteen, he briefly dated a young woman named Laura Robson.[30] Strange entered New York College as a pre-med student directly out of high school.[29] Later, while home on vacation for his nineteenth birthday, Strange was swimming with Donna when she suffered a cramp. After a frantic search, Stephen found her already drowned. The experience left him with a sense of personal failure that eroded his medical idealism.[31]

Medical Career[]

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Brilliant Surgeon

Stephen earned his medical degree in record time and entered a five-year residency at New York Hospital, where his rapid success made him arrogant. Stephen's mother Beverly died near the end of his residency, and work became more and more impersonal for the bereaved surgeon. Strange's talent remained, however, and he became a wealthy and celebrated neurosurgeon before he turned thirty.[26][29]

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Arrogant Doctor

Egotistical and greedy, cold and callous, Strange's interest in his patients generally began and ended at his bill.[26] The exception was Madeleine Revell, an injured United Nations translator whom he saved and fell in love with. Following a whirlwind romance and proposal, she left him due to his increasingly materialistic nature.[32]

Two years after his mother's death, Strange's father, Eugene, also fell ill. Already crippled by grief over his mother's death (though he would never admit it), Stephen was unable to face any more tragedy and refused to visit Eugene's deathbed. A few days later, an outraged Victor confronted Stephen in his apartment over his apparent lack of grief.[31] Following the confrontation, Victor rushed from the apartment and into the path of an oncoming car. Victor died, and a guilt-wracked Stephen placed Victor's body in cold storage, half-hoping that future breakthroughs could revive him.[33]

Car Accident[]

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Car Accident

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Injured Hands

Around 1963, Strange was involved in a debilitating car accident.[26] Dr. Nicodemus West, a brilliant surgeon in his own right, was an admirer of Dr. Stephen Strange agreed to do the surgery. Though he was able to save Strange, the nerves in his hands were severely damaged.[11] Dr. Strange, with his surgical career over and too vain to accept positions as a consultant or assistant, soon exhausted his fortune following every rumored treatment, no matter how ineffective. In a matter of months, the once wealthy surgeon became a derelict,[26] and resorted to performing a number of shady medical procedures to survive (and pay his growing bar tabs). Strange's guilt over the mistakes of his early life would come to weigh heavily upon him over the years, and his recollections of the time could not always be trusted.[11]

The Ancient One[]

After hearing rumors of the mystical Ancient One, Strange pawned his last possessions for a ticket to the East. Strange found the Ancient One's Tibetan palace, but the aged sorcerer refused to cure him, instead offering to teach him in mysticism. Strange refused but couldn't leave immediately due to a sudden blizzard. While staying for the duration of the storm, Strange witnessed the Ancient One's apprentice, Baron Mordo, secretly attack the teacher with mystically summoned skeletons, which the old man easily dispelled. Strange, his skepticism eroding, confronted Mordo about the treachery but Mordo responded with restraining spells that kept Strange from warning the Ancient One or attacking Mordo physically. Amazed by these displays of magic, Strange underwent a change of heart. Deciding that the only way to stop Mordo was to learn magic himself in order to challenge Mordo on his terms, Strange accepted the Ancient One's offer. Pleased by Strange's acceptance for unselfish reasons, the Ancient One removed the mystic restraints, explaining that he was well aware of Mordo's treachery but preferred to keep Mordo close by in order to control and possibly change him.[26]

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Doctor Stephen Strange

The Ancient One had known of Strange and his potential to serve as the Sorcerer Supreme prior to even Strange's first encounter with him. He regarded his hidden prowess so highly that he rejected Daimon Hellstrom for Strange as his pupil. The Ancient One had planned to make Dr. Strange his successor for a long time.[citation needed]

Strange spent years under the Ancient One's tutelage, learning to tap the innate mystic powers of himself and the world around him, as well as how to invoke the powers of Principalities, powerful beings such as Dormammu, Satannish, and the Vishanti, who resided in their own mystic realms. A few years after Strange's arrival, Mordo left the Ancient One's palace to seek greater power. The two rivals would clash often in the future. It was during this time that Strange passed a test against Death itself. As a reward, Strange was given ageless life and an ankh-shaped mark on his forehead that would only appear when his life was in dire jeopardy. The Ancient One himself had attained near-immortality by passing this test over 600 years earlier.[citation needed]

During his early years as a student of the mystic arts, Strange befriended many sorcerers around the world, including Lord Julian Phyffe and Sir Clive Bentley of Great Britain;[34] Cardinal Alfeo Spinosa and Count Tancredo Carezzi of Italy; Omar Karindu, Rama Kaliph,[35] and Turhan Barim of the Middle East; Wai Chee Yee and Sen-Yu of Asia;[35] and Aleister Kane, Kenneth Ward,[16] and Frank Brukner of America. Strange also found allies among more of earth's heroes, aiding the Black Fox in at least two adventures, while other adventurers, such as Immortalis and Terror, Inc., regarded him with skepticism.[citation needed]

Mystic Consultant[]

Strange, studied magic under the Ancient One for seven years and returned to the United States in the 1970s. Strange became a mystic consultant, establishing his Sanctum Sanctorum in New York's Greenwich Village. He was attended by Wong, latest in a centuries-old bloodline that had served the Ancient One, and who had become both Strange's servant and his friend. During this time Strange fought the demonic entities such as the Possessors,[36] Aggamon,[37] the House of Shadows,[38] Zota,[39] the Bottle Imp, and KhLΘG. Strange also fought the otherworldly Nightmare, who fed upon dreaming humanity's terror and became one of Strange's most bitter enemies.[40][27][41] The mysterious doctor's reputation grew, and Strange even became an occasional consultant to local and federal authorities.[citation needed]

Super Hero Career[]

When the debut of the Fantastic Four heralded the dawn of the Heroic Age, Strange initially remained aloof from New York's superhero community, fighting his battles against Nightmare and Baron Mordo[42][34][43][44][45] in secrecy. At one point Loki, the Asgardian God of trickery manipulated Strange into attacking his heroic foster brother, Thor. The treachery was soon exposed, however, and Strange turned against Loki.[46] Thor would later, in the guise of Dr. Donald Blake save Strange's life by operating on him after another battle with Mordo.[47] Soon after, a clash with Mordo led Strange to ally with the young Spider-Man, who helped Strange rescue several people from a mystic dimension. The experience proved so traumatic that Spider-Man asked Strange to remove their memories of the event, though this caused them to forget Spider-Man's heroism as well. Impressed by the young hero's bravery and altruism, Strange came to regard him as a friend, and the two have teamed up many times over the years.[citation needed]

The Dread Dormammu, sensing his old adversary the Ancient One's declining power, threatened to invade the Earth-Realm and sent a messenger ahead of him. Upon learning of Dormammu's intent, the Ancient One sent Strange to the Dark Dimension to do battle with the evil foe. While there, Strange was approached by Clea, a novice mystic and,[48] though few knew it at the time, daughter of Dormammu's sister Umar.[49] Clea feared that if Dormammu fell as ruler of the Dark Dimension, the dimensional barriers would weaken and the realm would be ravaged by the Mindless Ones. Clea thus sought to prevent the duel, but Strange would not yield. Dormammu easily outmatched Strange, but in the process lost just enough of his energies so that the Mindless Ones were able to invade. Seeking to save the Dark Dimension's denizens, Strange lent Dormammu enough power to create a new barrier. Enraged by his own weakness, Dormammu felt honor-bound to spare Strange, who in turn bargained with him to spare both the Earth-Realm and the attractive Clea.[50]

Sometime later, Clea aided Strange again from afar and was once again imprisoned by Dormammu.[51] He forced her to watch as Strange and Mordo fought each other, with Strange taking several blows from his foe, but eventually the tides turned and Strange got close to defeating Mordo. Afraid his puppet would lose, Dormammu decided to enter the battle himself.[52]

Despite its many challenges, Strange was able to win the fight, but when Dormammu returned to the Dark Dimension, he contacted Strange and made him watch as Clea was banished to another dimension.[53] With time, Clea was rescued and Dormammu dealt with by Eternity, leaving the Dark Dimension without a ruler.[54]

Shortly after, Strange joined several superheroes in a battle against the powerful mutate Sundown. Now more involved with the super hero community, he became a special consultant to prominent super-teams such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Avengers.[citation needed]

Months after attending the wedding of Reed and Sue Richards,[55] Doctor Strange had to save Clea once again, as Umar had cast her to another dimension, in the hopes of luring Strange to defeat him.[56] Strange overcame several of Umar's traps and rescued Clea, but in the end the Ancient One convinced him that she would only be safe if she were sent to another dimension yet again, making him watch as Clea was sent away from him one more time.[57]

Coincidentally, in this new dimension, Clea ran into none other than the Dreadful Dormammu, but history repeated itself as Strange found a way to reach her and defeated Dormammu.[58] Finally realizing that Earth was the only safe place for her, Strange helped her get an apartment in New York, so she could start her life anew.[59] However, Clea lost her powers on Earth and began missing the Dark Dimension.[60]

Later, Strange was exiled to a hostile dimension by Asmodeus, who took the doctor's form in an attempt to catch the Ancient One by surprise. Prevented from returning to the Earth-Realm by metaphysical law so long as Asmodeus occupied his form, Strange adopted a new form with a full-face mask (perhaps emulating his super hero allies). After defeating Asmodeus, Strange retained the new appearance to preserve his anonymity. After carelessly revealing his name during a battle with Nightmare, the cosmic Eternity, whom Strange was aiding at the time, agreed to return Strange's anonymity by altering all relevant earthly documents and memories bearing the name “Stephen Strange” to “Stephen Sanders.” [citation needed]

Strange next resisted the invading Undying Ones, a race of demons that had once dominated the Earth and were led by the infernal Nameless One. To face the onslaught, Strange manipulated Prince Namor of Atlantis[61] and the monstrous Hulk into aiding him.[62] With the Undying Ones defeated, Strange seemed to believe the world safe from further incursion. Strange was troubled by his arrogant exploitation of Namor and the Hulk, however, and decided to forego magic and return to medicine as a consultant, selflessly performing the duties he once thought were beneath him.[citation needed]

Strange's return to medicine lasted only a few weeks. After Baron Mordo tried to kill him, Strange returned to sorcery and defeated Mordo with the help of the Ancient One. The Ancient One, for reasons of his own, reversed Eternity's spell, restoring the name "Stephen Strange" to the world's records and memories. Shortly thereafter, the Nameless One returned and Strange donned his (non-masked) robes to confront the threat alongside Namor and the Hulk. Becoming friends despite their differences,[63] the three were soon joined by the alien Silver Surfer to form the core of the Defenders,[64] a loose-knit "non-team" that would reunite sporadically to meet threats against the Earth.[citation needed]

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A Captured Sorcerer

The Illuminati[]

Following the Kree-Skrull War, a number of Earth's most powerful heroes -- Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Professor X, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, and Namor -- formed the Illuminati, a secretive group of Earth's most influential heroes that would meet only a few times, and only to tackle events of extraordinary importance. While certain Illuminati members were unable to attend certain gatherings (such as Xavier and Iron Man), Strange attended all known meetings, adding the viewpoint and perspective his decades of battling mystic evil had brought him.[65][66]

The Illuminati inadvertently precipitated an invasion of Earth by the shapeshifting, alien Skrull race by attacking the homeworld after delivering a warning not to endanger their planet again. This led to their capture, experimentation, and analysis, which enabled the Skrulls to eventually perform enough reverse biological engineering and cloning to gather the resources required to launch a covert invasion.[66]

Sorcery Supremacy[]

Strange came under attack by servants of the Old One Shuma-Gorath, a vast extra dimensional entity who had ruled on Earth millennia ago but was banished in the Hyborian era. Shuma-Gorath sought to return to the mind of the Ancient One himself, and Strange entered his mentor's mind to confront the creature. After fighting a losing battle, the Ancient One himself asked Strange to slay him rather than allow Shuma-Gorath passage to Earth. The Ancient One's physical death made him one with Eternity, and Strange inherited the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, guardian of the entire universe. Since Clea had been spending countless hours studying in the Sanctum Sanctorum's library, Stephen then decided to turn her into his first official disciple as the new Sorcerer Supreme.[67]

Seeking solace from his new burdens, Strange attempted to use his power to revive his brother Victor using spells from the Book of the Vishanti; unfortunately, Strange did not realize he had read the Vampiric Verses, imbuing Victor with the potential for resurrection as a vampire. Thinking the spells had failed, Strange left his brother's body in cold storage.[citation needed]

Strange continued his adventures with the Defenders, and over the months the informal team's ranks included beings such as the Asgardian Valkyrie, Brunnhilde,[68] the winged millionaire Nighthawk,[69] the happy-go-lucky Hellcat,[70] and others. Though this pitted Strange against less magical foes (such as the mutant Magneto, the alien Nebulon,[71][72] the subversive Sons of the Serpent, and the bizarre Headmen[73][72]), the camaraderie of the team and the love of Clea gave Strange a welcome change from his customary solitude.[citation needed]

Later, however, Strange felt that his magical powers had become severely diminished. This allowed Strange to become possessed by the spirit of the Star of Capistan, transforming him into the Red Rajah. As the Rajah, Strange tried to link the consciousnesses of all the people of New York City with his own to create a type of utopian society. Eventually, Strange's teammates in the Defenders were able to free him from the effects of the Star, which Strange promptly destroyed. As a result of this, Strange felt it necessary to take a leave from the Defenders in order to renew his commitment to the mystic arts in order to keep his powers at their peak.[74] The Defenders continued on without him and later Strange would rejoin the group when they required his assistance.[citation needed]

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At one point, the trans-temporal sorcerers called the Creators manipulated the Ancient One's spirit into offering Strange a chance to become one with the universe. When Strange rejected the offer, he was stripped of the mantle and power of Sorcerer Supreme. Strange soon joined battle with the Creators, defeating their ally, the In-Betweener, and thwarting their reality-reshaping plans. After their deception was revealed, the Ancient One restored Strange's title; who, if anyone, assumed the title in the meantime is unknown. Though Strange's adventure took mere days from his perspective, weeks passed on Earth.[citation needed]

Months later, the mysterious alien Tribunals perpetrated a hoax that convinced the four founding Defenders that their alliance would eventually cause a cosmic tragedy, and the group was disbanded. It would be some time before the hoax was exposed. Strange soon lent aid to BorderLine Investigative Services (actually a band of vampire hunters) in confronting Dracula. At one point, Strange cast the Darkhold's famed Montesi Formula, a spell which destroyed all vampires within the Earth-Realm. The cryogenically stored body of Victor Strange, however, was passed over because it had been enchanted with the powers of the Book of the Vishanti. With the book ultimately being a tome of protection (even when applied to vampires), Victor's body survived. [citation needed]

Meanwhile, in the Dark Dimension, Clea had returned to lead the rebellion against Umar. Clea overthrew her mother and took the throne with Strange's help, but her responsibilities as ruler of the Dark Dimension and his as Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth-Realm meant the two would be forced to separate.[75] Upon returning to Earth, however, Strange's role as Sorcerer Supreme was challenged by the covetous alien Urthona. At one point, the struggle against Urthona forced Strange to destroy his own collection of talismans, tomes, and artifacts to prevent Urthona from taking control of them. (It was later revealed that Agamotto, one of three Vishanti, had intervened, sequestering the collection away at the moment Strange seemed to destroy them).[citation needed]

With the artifacts removed, the barriers between dimensions they had established weakened, and the Earth was assaulted by a number of once-pacified mystic threats. Strange met the threats with the extra dimensional novice mystic Rintrah and was eventually joined by Kaluu, an old rival of the Ancient One and master of life-draining black magic. Weakened by the loss of his artifacts, Strange reluctantly accepted Kaluu's offer to teach him the black arts. These skills served Strange well when confronted with the return of Shuma-Gorath, who Strange fought on one of his home planes. The power required to defeat Shuma-Gorath corrupted Strange, to the point where he merged with the evil demon-god. After inducing the merged creature to commit suicide, both Shuma-Gorath and Strange's own ego were destroyed. Kaluu guided Strange's spirit back to Earth, slowly restoring Strange's ego as he burnt off the taint of Shuma-Gorath's evil. Though this ultimately allowed the demon to reform in his home dimension, it had at the very least, been prevented from returning to Earth.[citation needed] Shortly thereafter, Strange and Clea met again, and Strange confessed he was done trying to move past love and wanted to embrace it. Since they couldn't be legally married (due to Clea's status as an extradimensional being), Strange and Clea began wearing magic rings that were actually only one and were therefore mystically connected for all eternity.[76] Afterwards, Strange took Rintrah as his new apprentice.[citation needed]

Strange assisted the X-Men (at the behest of fellow Illuminati member and longtime friend Professor X) when Margali Szardos, Sorceress Supreme and adoptive mother to Nightcrawler, believed Wagner had been guilty of cold-blooded murder and thus magically separated his soul from his body into her own dimension. Strange determined that Nightcrawler was actually human, that a hostile yet not malevolent mystic force was responsible for his body's "death". Strange was taken along with the X-Men to Margali's realm of "Hell" where Kurt's innocence was proved, and they were allowed to return to Earth on good terms. However, Strange was shocked when the Eye of Agamotto was used by Margali, who told him enigmatically that he had not been the Eye's first custodian, nor would he be the last, ending with Strange determined to find out more about the potent yet mysterious sorceress.[77]

It was at this point, however, that Victor Strange's body finally rose as a vampire, and ultimately fell under the sway of sorceress Marie LaVeau. LaVeau tried to coerce Strange into again reciting the Vampiric Verses, thereby nullifying the Montesi Formula, but Strange instead banished the page containing the Vampiric Verses page from the Earth-Realm. Nonetheless, LaVeau was able to use Victor as a template to duplicate the spell, making it possible for long-destroyed vampires to reappear.[citation needed]

Infinity Gauntlet[]

Strange and Clea were soon drawn back to the Dark Dimension, as both Dormammu and Umar sought to reclaim the throne. Umar ultimately won, leaving Clea exiled on Earth. While Clea sought allies to mount an offensive, Strange and others were drawn up in the fight with an Infinity Gauntlet-wielding Thanos of Titan. The death-worshiping Thanos used the Gauntlet's immensely powerful Infinity Gems to eradicate half of the universe's population before the heroes defeated him and used the same power to undo the damage.[citation needed]

More Attempts at Title[]

However, attempts to claim Strange's position of Sorcerer Supreme were not to end, even years after he had attained, lost and again won back his station. Ian McNee attempted to challenge Strange for the role, having trained himself for ten years, and apparently killed Strange; however, further killings due to others challenging McNee, in turn, convinced him that killing was the curse of the Sorcerer Supreme. However, Strange had not been killed and no one had really died from the battles. Nicodemus, too, tried to seize Strange's title, winning it briefly, but the strain and pressure of such power and responsibility quickly overwhelmed him.[citation needed]

Midnight Sons[]

Strange soon formed alliances with other supernatural heroes, manipulating the formation of the Midnight Sons, a loose group including his vampire hunter allies, as well as Morbius, Ghost Rider, and Blaze among others. These warriors were actually the last in a long line of Midnight Sons, destined to confront the demonic scourges of Zarathos and Lilith. He also briefly tutored the young sorcerer Augustyne Phyffe, who ultimately chose to abandon sorcery.[citation needed]


After sharing leadership of Earth's heroes against the Magus during the Infinity War, Strange teamed with Namor, the Hulk, and the Silver Surfer to battle Shanzar, the invading Sorcerer Supreme of another dimension.[78]


Meanwhile, the Principalities of various mystic realms began summoning their devotees to serve them in the War of the Seven Spheres, a war between opposing magical entities expected to last five thousand years. When the Vishanti sought to enlist Strange, he refused, unwilling to abandon his earthly duties. Unable to resist them if called, Strange instead renounced the use of their powers, stripping him of much of his power.[79]

Secret Defenders[]

Strange was then attacked by an even more powerful Dormammu, who had manipulated Clea into deposing of Umar so that he could again rule the Dark Dimension. With the help of the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, and Ghost Rider, Strange was able to repel the dark lord, but he continued to rule the Dark Dimension, and Clea remained there to again lead the resistance. Strange soon after began recruiting Secret Defenders, ad hoc teams assembled to meet periodic threats to the Earth that he could not handle alone. Strange also sought the aid of Immortalis in curing his brother Victor but was refused because no permanent cure was known. After Rintrah was slain while destroying a dangerous talisman, Strange placed his body in stasis pending a potential revival and took Kyllian Kell, heir to ancient Celtic magic, as his new apprentice.[citation needed]

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Larger than life!

Infinity Crusade[]

Strange was at one time abducted by the Goddess, who collected thirty-three of the most "spiritually-attuned" heroes in the universe to aid her in her Infinity Crusade, an attempt to purge the universe of evil. Mesmerized by the Goddess, Strange joined her crusade, and while his physical form served her, he sent his astral form to keep tabs on his brother. By this time Victor Strange had adopted the identity "Khiron", a costumed hero and deadly vigilante. After realizing how violent he had become, Khiron chose to take his own life. After breaking free of the Goddess, Strange again fought Urthona, who had grown even more powerful by serving in the War of the Seven Spheres.[citation needed]

Siege of Darkness[]

While tutoring his new, impatient apprentice, Kyllian was pulled into another dimension by a talisman. When Strange managed to find him, Kyllian refused to go; preferring to remain with Iskelior, a woman he met there. The bickering sorcerers were interrupted by the ancient sorceress Lilith, who began tearing down the mystical barrier to allow her demonic offspring, the Lilin, passage to Earth. Kyllian remained behind to seal the dimensional tear, and Strange returned to Earth, promising to rescue Kyllian later.[80] Joining the Midnight Sons, Strange confronted Lilith and her Lilin. At one point the Midnight Sons were menaced by a blood lusting Morbius, while Wong's betrothed, Imei, was dying from the poisoned kiss of the Lilin Sister Nil. Strange chose to subdue Morbius' bloodlust, saving the most people possible, but allowing Imei to die. Furious, Wong left Strange, and would even try to kill him on later occasions. Eventually, the Midnight Sons were victorious, and the Lilin were sealed back away in another dimension. In the meantime, Kyllian was rescued by Modred the Mystic, and returned to Earth in the form of Wildpride, now more in control of his "animal magick," and bearing a grudge against the master he felt abandoned him.[81]


Strange was later part of an international coalition of heroes opposing the techno-magical Mys-Tech and was one of the six beings who stabilized the unraveling reality created by the clandestine group's "Un-Earth," a mystical replica they planned to use to control the real Earth.[citation needed]


Strange again had to defend his title as Sorcerer Supreme, this time from Salome, a winged member of the mysterious Blood race and allegedly the first Earth-born Sorcerer Supreme over 20,000 years ago. Salome easily reclaimed the mantle from a weakened Strange and began gathering followers to help her rule the Earth. Unable to stand against Salome, Strange secluded himself in a pocket dimension, taking Sister Nil (the last of the Lilin remaining in the Earth realm) to record his actions and act as his assistant. From that dimension, he dispatched two magical constructs based upon himself to tend to his earthly affairs. The first, Vincent Stevens, became a cunning businessman, and built a fortune with which to develop so-called "technomagick." The other was a being called Strange, a masked figure who fought alongside the Midnight Sons and gathered artifacts for Strange to use against Salome. Strange also left the leadership of the Secret Defenders to Doctor Druid, another of the Ancient One's pupils. Though Doctor Druid served as best he could, he was ultimately unable to lead the group.[citation needed]

Possessing only a few of his artifacts and mystically poisoned by Salome's dance, Dr. Strange realized that he would have to focus on developing his weakest discipline, elemental magic, in order to reclaim the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme. Dr. Strange had barely finished enhancing his sorcery when Stevens and Strange rebelled against him. Stevens was apparently destroyed in the resulting conflict, and Strange went to the Dark Dimension, where he merged with the rebellion's Nobel as Paradox. Meanwhile, Salome had enlisted Wong against his old master, claiming to have bound Imei's soul to the demon Xaos, and promising a full resurrection in exchange for his service. Later, Strange would show Wong that Salome had been deceiving them and that Imei was truly dead. Wong gained some closure when Strange took him to visit her in the afterlife, and the two eventually reconciled. This time, however, Wong joined Strange as an equal partner, and in many ways a brother, not a servant. Wong still referred to Strange as "Master" from time to time because "old habits are hard to break."[citation needed]

War of the Seven Spheres[]

After defeating Salome, Dr. Strange temporarily assumed a younger, more violent persona as he began to track down and terminate the illegal operations established by Stevens. Dr. Strange was still cleaning up after Stevens when he was again summoned by the Vishanti to serve in the War of the Seven Spheres; unwilling to lose any more of his already diminished power, this time Strange complied.[citation needed] Although from his perspective Strange spent 5,000 years fighting for the Vishanti against their enemies, the Trinity of Ashes, only a few months passed on Earth by the time he returned. During this time, he was forced to thoroughly violate his moral code in order to survive. By the end Strange was an utterly broken man who no longer identified as a doctor but as a general, willing to commit any atrocity if it meant winning. The Trinity sued for peace on the condition that Strange be locked away for their protection. The Vishanti, no longer needing someone to lead their forces, obliged and reset Strange to the state he was before the war started. They sealed his General Strange persona away in a crystal in case they needed him later.[82] Exhausted from the war, Strange turned to the use of unpredictable Catastrophe Magic to increase his power. He later claimed to have supplemented it with so-called Chaos Magic, though still later he would claim that there was no such thing. In any event, Strange eventually regained the patronage of the Principalities, and his power was restored to their height.[citation needed]

The Order[]

The Dread Dormammu returned to attack Strange at this point, using the mutant Jonathon White and Strange's ally Topaz against him. Strange drove off his old foe and magically guided another surgeon to save Topaz from Dormammu's attack. Strange then faced the return of his old enemy Yandroth, the techno-mage. Strange, Namor, Hulk, and the Surfer united to oppose Yandroth's attacks on the Earth, but the four began to quarrel amongst themselves. Yandroth seemed to perish in the final conflict, and as a final curse, used Earth's magical energy to bind the Defenders together, forcing them to reunite against all future threats to Earth, regardless of their other concerns. Other former Defenders came to their aid at times, and though irked by the cause, was nonetheless touched to see the team reunited. The curse magnified the egos of the cursed quartet, however, until they became mentally unstable. They then became the Order, seeking to end all threats to the Earth by taking control of it. Other heroes, including Clea, fought them, and the energies unleashed by the battle were harnessed to resurrect and further empower Yandroth. Coming to their senses, the Defenders stopped fighting, and Yandroth was reduced back to his human form, defeated, and imprisoned.[83]

Shaken by the ordeal, Strange cut himself off from the superhero community. Strange made the idealistic mystic Topaz his fifth known disciple but kept her at an emotional distance. When the power of the Kale family Tome of Zhered-Na unleashed the Hellphyr, a monster that attacked mystics, Topaz joined Jennifer Kale and Satana in meeting the threat. She ultimately decided to leave Strange's side to join the other two in guarding the tome.[84]

Dead Girl[]

Afterwards, Strange recruited the mutant Dead Girl to help him investigate the Pitiful One's attempt to resurrect a number of hell-bound villains. During this time he came into conflict with the spirit of his old master, the Ancient One, who had apparently been relegated to a level of Hell for petty misuses of his power.[85] Strange was able to neutralize the threat, and was merciful to his old master. While Strange enjoyed a brief flirtation with Dead Girl, Wong grew concerned over the Doctor's health, particularly his failing memory.[86]

House of M[]

When the Scarlet Witch suffered a catastrophic mental break-down Doctor Strange used the Eye of Agamotto to stop her with a memory so terrible she collapsed from it and ended the chaos she was inadvertently causing. The frail Wanda was taken to Genosha by her grieving father, Magneto. Desperate, Magneto enlisted the aid of his old friend and enemy, Professor Charles Xavier, to help his mentally unstable daughter. Xavier, in turn, summoned Doctor Strange. Even their combined efforts were not enough to help her. They attempted to mend her shattered psyche and minimize the damage done by her reality-altering powers but were largely unsuccessful in their endeavor. Strange, having done all he could for Wanda, told the assembled Avengers and X-Men that together, he, Xavier and Emma Frost could shield the heroes from Wanda's power and went with the Avengers and X-Men to find Wanda. Due to the interference of her brother, Quicksilver, they failed, resulting in the warping of reality known as "the House of M."[87]

After Emma Frost and Layla Miller joined forces to unlock his memories, Strange went with the heroes to Genosha to force Wanda to put the world back. Wanda changed the world back to its original form, but in the process depowered 90% of the entire mutant population. Surviving mutants and ex-mutants referred to this as "M-Day: The worst day in mutant history." Strange was unable to break the successfully wrought spell or even find Wanda with his powers afterward. Later, a troubled Strange claimed that, as his job was to prevent something exactly like the House of M and its aftermath, he had "failed completely".[88]

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Stephen and Uatu: Kindred Spirits of Neutrality

Civil War[]

In a meeting of the Illuminati, Strange vehemently opposed the proposed Superhuman Registration Act, calling the actions it entailed "disgusting," and simply a means to give into people's fear and ignorance which would lead fellow heroes to fight to the death for their rights to oppose registration. He informed Iron Man and Mister Fantastic that they were never to call on him again before magically departing.[65]

Sometime later, while having had friends on both sides of the war, Strange went into seclusion in the Arctic, fasting and meditating nonstop for forty days. As Sorcerer Supreme he could not take sides in the matter, for his given duties did not include influencing the evolution of the superhuman role in society, especially since there was no clear right or wrong. He prayed for an outcome that would benefit mankind and spill the least amount of blood.[89] He later regretted his lack of involvement in the Civil War. After the conclusion of the War, Strange was granted immunity to registration[90][verification needed] as a "post-human exemption",[91] yet the immunity did not extend to him openly breaking the Act with others.[90]

New Avengers[]

Following the Civil War, Doctor Strange housed the outlaw renegade Avengers in his Sanctum Sanctorum, which had an illusion cast on it to appear abandoned and deteriorated.[92] He aided the team on their missions such as disabling the Mighty Avengers with mental illusions,[93] teleporting them away from Elektra to the Silver Samurai while in Japan,[94] freeing Maya Lopez from the Hand's magic and defeating their ninja,[95] saving their Ultron-virus infected plane,[96] and casting a series of spells helping to calm the panicking people in Manhattan after being cured by Iron Man from a Venom Virus.[97]

When Spider-Man came to seek his magical expertise in healing Aunt May, Strange tried to help Peter Parker by using the Hands of Death to send him around the entire world to consult others, but told Peter that even his magic couldn't help May now, or at least he was unable to use it to help her.[98] He also continued to fulfill his duties as Sorcerer Supreme, such as aiding the new roster of the Fantastic Four from preventing Eternity's death.[99]

World War Hulk[]

Dr. Strange was among the members of the Illuminati who, alarmed at the continuing destruction caused by the Hulk, agreed to exile the Hulk into space.[65] When the Hulk returned to Earth seeking vengeance, mistakenly believing them responsible for the explosion that killed millions on the planet Sakaar, Strange declined Iron Man's request to use magic to again banish the Hulk, arguing the Hulk would simply return again. He instead offered Iron Man the aid of the New Avengers to evacuate and help defend New York, which Stark gladly accepted.[100]

Strange entered the Hulk's mind, reminding them of their history and friendship, as well as insisting the bomb was not planted by the Illuminati. Just as the Hulk reverted to his Bruce Banner form, and a sympathetic Strange presented himself in a physical form, Banner turned back into the Hulk and crushed Strange's hands. Strange's crushed hands limited his magic abilities.[citation needed]

Strange invoked the power of Zom to battle the Hulk, drinking Zom's soul to become a semi-demonic version of himself with spiked maces for hands. However, the unfamiliar use of such vast dark magic weakened his control over his new powers, which caused Strange to almost kill civilians. The shaken Strange was overpowered by the Hulk, implanted with an Obedience Disk, and forced to first fight a giant, tentacled monster in the Madison Square Garden with the rest of the fallen heroes. He was then forced to battle the other Illuminati members, facing off against Black Bolt (actually a Skrull impostor) and attempted but failed to use what remained of his magic to stop him. The Sentry arrived in time to save the Illuminati, and Strange was freed, though his mind, body, and soul were all evidently scarred by this incident.[101]

Secret Invasion[]

The disturbed Iron Man, having received the Skrull Elektra's corpse, summoned the other five Illuminati members to discuss the Skrull threat. The Illuminati were caught by surprise when the Black Bolt attending the meeting revealed himself to be a Skrull and attacked. Strange teleported the four of them out of there. The five Illuminati members then each went his own separate way, realizing that they had lost far more than just a world: they had lost their ability to trust. The Illuminati was essentially no more.[102]

Before the Skrull invasion was fully underway, Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum had been invaded by the crime syndicate of the super-villain the Hood, prompting Strange to use of darker magic than normal. This lapse prompted him to temporarily depart this plane to heal himself and to reflect on his worthiness to be Earth's Sorcerer Supreme.[103] Strange had lost both his mastery of the Mystic Arts and the Sanctum Sanctorum.[104]

Doctor Strange returned to Greenwich Village once more to combat a stampede from the Dream Realm, though he himself admitted he was in no shape to do battle with the beasts unleashed, due to his hands still being broken and his mystical energies at an all-time low. Daimon Hellstrom used hellfire to destroy Nightmare's beasts.[105]

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Doctor Strange: Fallen

Dark Reign[]

A Doctor Strange from an earlier time period appeared (wearing the dark masked costume he had worn long ago to conceal his identity) with the other three original Defenders to engage his longtime rival Mordo, allied with Terrax, Tiger Shark, and Red Hulk. Two of the Elders of the Universe, the Grandmaster and the Collector had made a bet involving the teams of the original Defenders, for the Grandmaster, clashing with the newly formed team of Offenders, for the Collector. Strange had to work with his allies to fend off the sinister foursome if he was to save the life of Clea. Though Strange was eventually slain by the Red Hulk, Galactus defeated the Red Hulk, and the Collector decided to undo the deaths brought about.[106]

Doctor Strange was met by Thor, who told him of his need to heal Mjolnir. Strange summoned magics to pass through Thor, carrying away the Odinpower from him, and deposited it in Mjolnir. When it was done, the hammer was whole once more.[107]

Strange contacted Wiccan to find out if he was the one destined to be the next Sorcerer Supreme. He offered to make Wiccan his apprentice. After the Hood's demonic form approached them, Strange confronted Parker. The Hood was acting on the orders of the Dread Dormammu to slay Strange, and thus claim Strange's former role of Sorcerer Supreme. Dormammu had bestowed upon him the ability to locate Strange if Strange utilized magic. Strange teleported himself and Wiccan away, reaching the New Avengers and pleading for their aid.[104]

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Ex-Master of the Mystic Arts

Strange and the New Avengers joined forces to combat the Hood and Dormammu. They followed the Eye of Agamotto to New Orleans to contact Daimon Hellstrom before the Hood could destroy him to prevent him from possibly rising to Strange's lost role. They struggled against the might of Dormammu, until Brother Voodoo, having been granted the power and gifts of the office of Sorcerer Supreme by the Eye of Agamotto and the Ancient One's spirit, intervened and confronted Dormammu himself, passing the initiation and dispelling him.[108] Though Strange did not escape the battle entirely unscathed, he retained the power to manipulate magic (though to a far lesser extent) while he was apparently redeemed in his own eyes somewhat to observe the new Doctor Voodoo battle supernatural menaces.[citation needed]

Heroic Age[]

When Agamotto was cast out of the Vishanti and had most of his powers stripped from him, he attacked the New Avengers in order to reclaim the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Voodoo as it was the only artifact that could defeat him. Jericho used the Eye to defeat Agamotto, but the Eye was destroyed, and his life was lost in the process. Doctor Strange rejoined the New Avengers. He remained with them through the events of Fear Itself and the return of Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers. He stood with the Avengers against the X-Men when the Phoenix Force returned to Earth, serving ably even without the full array of powers he had previously commanded.[citation needed]

Daniel Drumm, who had vowed revenge on Strange for the death of his brother, attacked the New Avengers shortly after Avengers vs. X-Men, when the team was distracted by Luke Cage's announcement that he and his wife were stepping down. Drumm used his abilities to possess others to sow chaos, implicating Strange in the murders of Victoria Hand and Daimon Hellstrom. He eventually possessed the Avengers and New Avengers, using their abilities in his attempt to kill Strange. Stephen had to appeal to dark magic to defeat Drumm and save his friends. Afterward, the Ancient One appeared on the battlefield and commended Strange for saving the others without harming them, for using dark magic without losing control, and for continuing to act as hero and defender of the world. He restored Strange to his former position as Sorcerer Supreme and gave him the artifacts of the office, the Eye of Agamotto and the Cloak of Levitation, once again.[109]


Shortly after becoming Sorcerer Supreme again, Strange was called upon for a meeting of the Illuminati once again. The Black Panther had experienced an event known as an "incursion" in which two universes collide with each other with each universes Earth as the point of impact, and had called on the Illuminati to try and find a solution to the problem.[110] Another incursion followed shortly after, and the Illuminati decided to assemble the Infinity Gauntlet to stop it, and Stephen supplied his gem. Captain America wielded the Gauntlet and managed to avert the incursion, but the Gauntlet was destroyed in the process. Due to his unwillingness to do whatever it took to stop the incursions, such as considering the destruction of another world to save their own, Captain America was voted out of the Illuminati and Stephen erased his memories of it.[111]

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When Thanos sent off his Cull Obsidian to Earth to target each of the Illuminati's members, Ebony Maw approached Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum to find what his leader sought.[112] Ebony Maw was able to influence Doctor Strange into telling him what he wanted.[113] The villain also used the Doctor to launch an attack on New York, forcing him to summon Shuma-Gorath from the ground.[114]

When each member of the Illuminati dispersed and searched for Thanos' Inhuman son it was the Doctor who found him. However, Maw wiped Strange's mind of his findings and kept his location to himself.[115] The search was interrupted by another incursion and Strange and the rest of the Illuminati traveled to the other universe, where they encountered the Builders of that universe, who revealed to Stephen and the Illuminati that his memories and mind had been manipulated. Upon returning, Stephen joined the Illuminati in liberating their headquarters at the Necropolis from Thanos' forces.[116]


Tired of watching others make choices while he did nothing, Dr. Strange resolved to use the full resources at his disposal as Sorcerer Supreme to find a way to stop the Incursions. Calling on the power of a tome of the darkest of black magics; the Blood Bible, Stephen traveled to the Sinner's Market in the mystic dimension, the Lost Lands, on a quest to find power. He was led to the Resolute Throne, where he sought to make a deal. The Throne deals in degrees of godhood, with a fifth of a man's soul buying him a fifth of the power of a god. There, Stephen made a deal to sell the entirety of his soul.[117] For a brief moment he tasted the power he sought, only for it to be yanked away, as the Throne declared him a bankrupt liar. He could not purchase the power he sought, since he lacked the full measure of a soul.[118]

Time Runs Out[]

Following an incursion that pitted the Illuminati against the heroes of the Great Society, Strange used the dark arts to unleash an eldtrich horror. The creature killed the Great Society, but before it could destroy their world he was knocked out by Iron Man, afraid of what Strange was conjuring. The Illuminati quarrelled over what to do next, and the arguments turned bloody after Namor took the matter out of their hands and destroyed the Great Society's Earth. When another incursion followed immediately after, the Illuminati resigned themselves to meet their ends. [119] [120]

Thirty seconds before the destruction of his world, Stephen Strange left Earth-616 and joined the cause of the Black Priests, having mastered the way in which they manifest their power to distort reality. He and the other Black Priests were encountered by Sunspot's Avengers in their way to find the responsible for the decay of the Multiverse and offered their help to defeat either of the two main players in this "Game of Worlds": Rabum Alal or the Ivory Kings.[13]

While the Multiversal Avengers went to confront the Ivory Kings, Strange went to Earth-1903990 with the Black Priests to utilize a Great Key that activated a doorway to gain access to the Library of Worlds to defeat Rabum Alal. They explored the Library of Worlds and encountered a Black Swan. The Swans were able to set a trap and destroy most of the Black Priests, with the exception of Doctor Strange, who was able to defend himself but was ultimately incapacitated. He was then brought before Rabum Alal, who was revealed to be Doctor Doom of Earth-616.[121]

Doom informed Strange of his origins as Rabum Alal and clarified that he was also trying to save the Multiverse. The true destroyers of the Multiverse were the Ivory Kings, also known as the Beyonders. He showed Strange his secret weapon against the Beyonders, the countless Molecule Men he had captured. In a last-ditch attempt to save the Multiverse, Doom took Strange and the Molecule Men to confront the Beyonders.[122] He was able to destroy them and harness their power using the regular Molecule Man as a conduit.[123] However, Doom's accomplishment cost the death of thousands of universes, leaving only a dozen.[122]

Secret Wars[]

When the Multiverse finally perished in the final incursion between Earth-616 and Earth-1610,[124] Doom used the power of the Beyonders to salvage the remains of several realities and build a patchwork planet named Battleworld, which was ruled under his iron fist, with the help of Doctor Strange, who became Battleworld's sheriff and Doom's right hand, usually acting as Doom's voice in certain matters.[125]

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Sheriff Strange to the left of God Emperor Doom

As eight years went by, Doom and Strange managed to twist the memories of their inhabitants, to the point they would no longer remember what had existed before Battleworld. Stephen created his own base, the Isle of Agamotto, a place of remembrance of his lost world. Five years after the creation of Battleworld, Strange found a vessel of unknown origin and kept it in the Isle, fearing something of great consequence was inside it, but not knowing it was the bodies of the few other survivors of Earth-616 in stasis.[125]

With the appearance of a similar vessel from which the survivors of Earth-1610 came out,[15] Strange directed his attention towards the one he kept on his own. Once he opened it, he freed the survivors, among which were Mr. Fantastic and Black Panther. After explaining to the fellow survivors what had transpired while they were in stasis,[125] Strange was summoned to a battle between the villainous survivors from Earth-1610 and the Thor Corps, Battleworld's police force. Doom remained unwilling to take part of the conflict until he saw Mr. Fantastic in the scene, he immediately teleported to Utopolis, and stopped the fray, demanding the newcomers to recognize his authority. To prevent Doom from prejudicially acting upon the interlopers, Stephen used his magic to teleport them away. Following the disappearance of the villains from Earth-1610 and the heroes from Earth-616, Doom confronted Strange for disobeying him and ultimately killed him after Stephen accused him of being afraid of Richards.[126]

Last Days of Magic[]

Following God Emperor Doom's fall, during which Mr. Fantastic acquired the power of the Beyonders and rebuilt the Multiverse as the Eighth Cosmos, Reed resurrected Doctor Strange with his memories of Battleworld erased.[127] With a new lease on life, Strange continued protecting the normal world from magical threats. He would soon find himself challenged by the biggest threat to magic yet, the Empirikul, worshippers of science led by the Imperator, a being from another dimension hellbent on destroying magic throughout the different planes of existence of the universe.[128] The effects of the Empirikul's crusade, which consisted of killing Sorcerers Supremes and destroying magic energies, was felt in Strange's dimension in the form of failing spells or magical creatures acting strangely.[20]

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Strange, Zelma, and Wong

The Empirikul eventually arrived at the Earth, attacking several magical landmarks and defeating magic users.[129] Strange himself was defeated, even after channeling all of Earth's magic in an attempt to subdue the Imperator, as a consequence of this, the Earth was depleted of most of its magic.[130] Only the intervention of old sorcerer Monako allowed Strange and his colleagues to escape from being burned alive in the front of the Sanctum Sanctorum.[131]

After traveling around the globe finding objects that contained the last traces of magic, Strange and the other magic users, including the Scarlet Witch, Magik, and Doctor Voodoo,[132] Strange returned to the Sanctum Sanctorum, which was still being raided by the Empirikul, to defeat the Imperator.[133] Strange joined forces with the Thing in the Cellar, a magical creature who was created from all of the pain Stephen suffered when using magic, and managed to defeat the inquisitors.[133]

During this time, Strange met Zelma Stanton, who was around for the entire battle against the Empirikul, and afterwards became Strange's librarian.[134][135]

Magic eventually started to rekindle, and Doctor Strange began re-creating spells with the help of the Zelma[136] and began repairing the destroyed Sanctum Sanctorum with the help of Wong. During this time, Strange had a day-long encounter with his estranged wife, Clea, who wanted an official magical divorce, hoping that doing so would remove some magic burden from Stephen and allow him to tap into his full potential with the little power he had left. She even crafted a magical document that, when torn, would nullify any magical contract, but they ended up using it to tame a monster that was threatening Wong. With that taken care of, Stephen told Clea that he was not ready to annul their marriage and, therefore, the two remained connected, but as friends.[135] Afterwards, he helped the Punisher defeat a crackpot menace who was trying to use magical artifacts to cleanse New York City of foreigners by summoning a giant demonic leviathan.[137]

Loki: Sorcerer Supreme[]

Believing that Strange wasn't ready for the looming threats that were going to endanger the Earth, Loki targeted Stephen with the objective to prepare him. To this end, he tricked Strange with an elaborate illusion in which the Vishanti bequeathed the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme to the God of Mischief.[138] Stephen handed over to Loki all of his magical possessions, including the Sanctum Sanctorum. With his medical license revoked since he had stopped practicing, Stephen opted to open a veterinary clinic.[139] He also acquired a talking basset hound called 'Bats'.[140]

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Void possesses Doctor Strange

Strange decided to soon oppose Loki after learning his successor was searching for a powerful spell called the Exile of Singhsoon, which Stephen had hidden inside Zelma's soul for safekeeping from anyone, including himself. After a confrontation with Loki resulted in Bats' accidental death, Strange decided to make preparations to for his second fight with Loki.[140] With the Sentry's help, Strange gained power from Yggdrasill,[141] and used it to best Loki. However, Zelma cast a spell that canceled out all forms of magic for a few minutes in an attempt to have them reach a middle ground, but Loki used his natural godly superhuman strength to knock Strange out. Strange turned the tables when he unleashed the Void from the depths of the Sanctum Sanctorum.[142]

While possessing Stephen's body, the Void revealed the location of the Exile of Singhsoon. Loki excised it from Zelma and used it to consolidate all of Earth's striving magic into himself. He first separated Stephen from the Void, and then used the power boost to jump-start magic itself all over Earth, so to provide a temporary fix to the Empirikul's ravaging, his true objective behind his search for the spell. Strange and Loki joined forces and locked the Void back into the Sanctorum. When the dust settled, Loki saw himself forced to reveal his ploy regarding the Vishanti's illusion and the passing of mantle. After disclosing his intentions behind the ploy, Loki relinquished his role as Sorcerer Supreme back to Strange. Before being teleported away, Loki apologized for Bats' death, revealing he had returned the hound as a spectre.[138]


After Las Vegas was eradicated by the Hydra Helicarriers during the Hydra takeover, Doctor Strange used his reclaimed magic to resurrect the people who had died. However, Mephisto opposed Strange, since he had already claimed the souls of those people. Mephisto then orchestrated the events which causes his demons to bring Strange into his "Hotel Inferno". After Mephisto claimed the last remnants of Las Vegas, before its restoration, and the Hotel started to affect the people, including Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Falcon, Hawkeye, and Thor, who were turned into Ghost Rider-like creatures. Doctor Strange then fought Mephisto in a game of blackjack, in which if Strange won Mephisto would release the souls of those people and return them to Las Vegas, or if Mephisto won he would claim Strange's soul. Doctor Strange won, however by cheating, which was discovered by Mephisto and had Strange tortured.[21] Wong was then contacted by the ghost of Strange's dead dog Bats, who told him to help Doctor Strange, and Wong in return then summoned Blade, Doctor Voodoo, Elsa Bloodstone, Johnny Blaze, Iron Fist, and Man-Thing who then reformed the Midnight Sons.[143] After Wong and Bat's ghost were separated from the Midnight Sons, they were then confronted by Doctor Strange's body now turned Ghost Rider, but Bat's ghost was able to possess Strange's body.[144]

Doctor Strange was then rescued by Scarlet Witch, Clea and Loki and assisted him in helping the Avengers fighting the demons. However, it was revealed to be all an illusion and that Clea was actually Captain Marvel posing as her in order to trick Strange. Thankfully, Strange's soul reunited his dog's ghost in the Realm Between along with Dormammu and the souls claimed by Mephisto, while he used their bodies. Strange then met the souls of the Avengers and managed to return their souls to their bodies.[145] He then assisted the Avengers and the Midnight Sons in fighting Mephisto and preventing him from returning to his throne, which claimed by Johnny. Doctor Strange was able to defeat Mephisto, but the demon went anyway to his realm and was again defeated by the different Ghost Riders and sent him back to Earth where he was trapped at the top of the hotel. Then Strange and the other heroes left the now normal Las Vegas, while Wong remained in order to keep Mephisto at bay.[146]

Sorcerer Supreme of the Galaxy[]

At some point, after an encounter with an Elder God X'axal, Strange began experiencing a magical withdrawal. This ultimately resulted in a complete burnout, rendering Stephen unable to tap into the Earth's magic supply. After a meeting with Tony Stark, Strange took to the stars in search for alternative sources of arcane powers.[147] Early in his journey, he became a prisoner on the planet Grynda, where he met a young arachnologist called Kanna and the two decided to roam the galaxy together after folding the Gryndans invasion plans.[148] Eventually, the two landed on Tarnax II where they've encountered the Super-Skrull experimenting on the newly-restored Time Stone. Strange took the Stone from the Skrulls and concealed it from Kanna, using a memory-wipe spell.[149]

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Strange's new garb

During their journey, Strange and Kanna came into conflict with the Majesdanians, as they tried to save a dwarf from Nidavellir named Eoffren. At this point, Strange had recovered his connection to magic enough to summon the Cloak of Levitation back to his side. The rescue resulted in Kanna becoming the Majesdanian prisoner, as they were preparing to invade the Earth. To save her, Eoffren gifted Strange his own Mystic Forge and taught him the art of mystic craftsmanship. With a new suit and a new weapon, the Scalpel of Strange, Stephen teleported onto the Majesdanian ship, quickly dispatching of the crew and freeing Kanna. The two later stopped the launched Majesdanian missile from reaching Earth, by conjuring a colossal seal of the Vishanti to shield the planet.[150]

The Two Doctors[]

After successfully stopping the Majesdanian invasion, Strange and Kanna returned to Bleecker Street, where they encountered another Stephen Strange. In the ensuing battle it was revealed that the Strange that remained on Earth was a disguised Casey Kinmont.[151]

Herald Supreme[]

Strange was approached in the Sanctum Sanctorum by the alien sorcerer Zoloz, whose home planet of Zarax was under threat from Galactus. After finding Strange's advice unhelpful, he stole all of Strange's magical artifacts and used them to banish Galactus to another dimension.[152]

In this alternate dimension, Galactus began to devour magical creatures like the Misan-Ha-Gorath, which began to fuse the concepts of science and magic. To mitigate the damage inflicted, Strange became Galactus' herald,[153] but fell into a trap laid by Dormammu and Mephisto to make Galactus their minion,[154] but Galactus was too powerful for Dormammu to control and consumed him.

Strange, Zoloz, and Strange's estranged wife, Clea, then assembled an army of magical and galactic-level heroes to battle Galactus,[155] but this was all secretly a suicide mission to have Galactus consume all of them so he would reach critical mass and be easier to destroy.[156] This also destroyed the entire universe, which Strange recreated with the help of Eternity and the Living Tribunal.

Strange made it so that he had imprisoned Zoloz until he was able to convince him to save his planet by becoming Galactus's herald. After this, he was confronted by Mephisto, who made him pay for his help by erasing himself from Clea's memories. [157]

Death of Doctor Strange[]

One day, Strange responded to a knock at his door late at night to find his old enemy Kaecilius,[158] who then attacked him and killed him with a dagger. Strange's body was later found by Zelma Stanton, Wong, and Doctor Voodoo. Baron Mordo also appeared and complained that someone robbed him of the chance to kill Strange. When extradimensional threats began overwhelming Earth due to Strange no longer maintaining a magical barrier that kept them at bay, a simulacrum Strange created in case something happened to him appeared and asked what year it was.[23]

His temporal duplicate later managed to resurrect him by using a regenerative healing spell on Kaecilius, who had foolishly given himself both Strange's soul and his hands, and he assisted his past counterpart in defeating the Three Mothers and Peregrine Child. This resurrection, however, would not last as Death chose to reclaim his soul. Before he disintegrated, Stephen told Clea (who'd regained her memories) that he was a fool for ever letting her go and made her the new Sorcerer Supreme, claiming there was no one else he could trust.[24]

Death's Servant[]

Stephen was given a chance by Death to be returned to life if he succeeded in stopping the Blasphemy Cartel from bringing back dead superhumans. Calling himself the Harvestman, Stephen clashed several times with Clea, before she figured out who he was. After the reveal, Clea was heartbroken about the pretense, but after hearing that he didn't want her to have hope in case he failed the mission, Clea calmed down and started plotting how to help him.[159]

Their final obstacle was the undead Sentry, and they were both gravely injured during their fight. Despite knowing touching Stephen would have terrible results due to his new nature as a servant of Death, Clea decided to kiss him, wanting their lost moment to be one of love. Unexpectedly, they fused together into a new being, Strange, and were able to defeat the Sentry and the Blasphemy Cartel. Feeling Stephen had done his part, Death returned him to life.[25]


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Doctor Strange unleashing the might of his mystic forces

Sorcerer: Dr. Strange possesses a vast mastery of the mystic arts; his primary magical patrons are a group of entities known as "the Vishanti." The Vishanti are a trinity of godly beings comprised of Agamotto, Hoggoth, and Oshtur. Although he has, on rare occasions, called upon the power of demons such as Dormammu; Strange more frequently did so before he realized Dormammu's true dark nature in the earlier issues. He has once stated that he can kill a mortal with the mere twitch of a finger.[citation needed]

  • Infinite Longevity/Fearlessness: Dr. Strange's lifespan has been extended and his fear of dying subsided in a manner similar to that of his mentor the Ancient One, due to a successful contest against Death. Though he can still be killed and even physically wounded, he cannot succumb to any medical diseases, nor does he age. However, he still requires food, water, oxygen, and sleep, the same as a normal human. Strange passed a test by the Ancient One and defeated Death, or more accurately, accepted Death.[160] As a result, from that moment forward, Doc stopped aging. "Death may come only from without, in battle-- and not from within." The Ancient One had once passed the same test himself and lived 600 years. From that moment forward, a glowing ankh appears on Doc's forehead when he is in a situation of great danger and his death is imminent, "when Strange most needs a reaffirmation of life."[31]
  • Energy Blasts/Mystic Bolts:[161][21][162] Capable of destroying moons and planets. He has once destroyed an entire dimension using the Eye of Agamotto
  • Astral Projection: Doctor Strange can release his astral form from his body, instantaneously and at will. In this form he does not need to breathe, eat, drink or sleep, is unrestricted by physical laws (for example, Strange has flown beyond Earth's atmosphere, defying gravity with ease to speak with Iron Man), is invisible (though can be seen by any if he wished it so), intangible, and incapable of being harmed by all but the most powerful and rigorous of mystic means. As physical laws are meaningless on the astral plane, Strange is able to use it to traverse at virtually any speed desirable (Strange has reached to St. Louis, Missouri from his Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, New York in "a few brief seconds" thus,[163] as well as traveling at the "speed of thought" through outer space.[164])
  • Banishment: Dr. Strange has banished many types of creatures and humans to other dimensions, but the extent of this is only possible as long as the 'Banish-ers' magic is greater than that of the 'Banish-ees' magic during the banishment.[citation needed]
  • Conjuring of Objects[citation needed]
  • Transmutation: Dr. Strange has showcased the ability to molecularly alter and convert an object into another of his choosing using spells.'[citation needed]
  • Telepathy: Dr. Strange can psychically communicate and read minds These abilities can be amplified by mystic energy (as against Moondragon) and/or the Eye of Agamotto (done countless times) to afford Stephen incredibly powerful psychic abilities.[165] He has been able to telepathically overpower Scarlet Witch via the Eye of Agamotto, as well as defeat Moondragon in a mental battle.
  • Telekinesis: Dr. Strange can mentally manipulate his environment through the use of psionics without physically interacting with it. However, it is much more common for Strange to rely on magical manipulation rather than psionic.[citation needed]
  • Flight: Doctor Strange can fly using magical energy but has since abandoned it. (Presumably choosing to rely on the Cape of Levitation instead.) [citation needed]
  • Protective Shields: Using the being Seraphim, as well as the Eye of Agamotto, Dr. Strange can shield himself or his allies. Doctor Strange is so powerful that his energy shields can even protect him from the full power of a supernova (which he created),[166] as well as planetary destruction
  • Hypnotism[citation needed]
  • Illusions: Dr. Strange has the ability to magically create illusions and cause others to experience things that aren't real, using spells to do so.[citation needed]
  • Intangibility: Dr. Strange has the ability to become invisible or near invisible and phase through solid material.[citation needed]
  • Time Manipulation: Strange has frozen, slowed, and traveled through time. This magic is enacted only through extreme concentration.[167]
  • Elemental Manipulation: Dr. Strange can manipulate and control the elemental forces.[citation needed]
  • Teleportation: Dr. Strange can teleport himself and others to any place of his choosing through the use of magic. It is also stated he can move at the "speed of thought" through his astral form.[citation needed]
  • Dimensional Travel: In addition to his ability to teleport across a single plane, Dr. Strange has also showcased the ability to travel between dimensional planes and access alternate dimensions. For example, he was able to willingly travel to the Dark Dimension. [citation needed]
  • Universal Awareness: By performing meditation, Dr. Strange has sensed anomalies in time and space, allowing him to protect against time travelers, extra-dimensional invaders (Example: |Dormammu, Nightmare), and other extraterrestrial threats.[citation needed]
  • Various other spells: These spells seem to be quicker to perform but lesser in power than spells using divine energy. Strange has used his magics altogether to alter his clothing through something akin to minor molecular control, control and manipulate elements, matter manipulation, soul manipulation, warping reality, absorbing magic, time manipulation, magic sleep, etc.
  • Dr. Strange has also been shown to amass as much wealth/gold as he desires using magic, as he has done to pay debts he owed.[citation needed]

The Words: Doctor Strange has become an expert in the Black Priests's ability to use language to distort reality, becoming even more capable than the Black Priests themselves in a short amount of time. Each "word" is a symbol which means "something." The addition of another symbol can change the meaning of that "something." Doctor Strange stated this method to be akin to replacement cipher. This way, he can distort the reality in different ways, depending how many symbols are said and in which order. Some of the features achieved by the use of Words include:

Divine Sources: Dr. Strange can channel the extra-dimensional energy of mystical and non-mystical beings in multiple dimensions (known as Principalities) to empower his spells. This can take the form of standard spells ("Crimson Bands of Cyttorak") or just state what he wants to occur and channeling some being to make it happen. It is unknown at this time what debt, if any, he incurs by invoking the powers that be. There is no strict quid pro quo (as the simple acknowledgment and invoking of the entity increases the entity's own powers, inexplicably), though some entities will feel he is obliged to heed their call when they need help in their conflicts as did the Vishanti. This ability to be a conduit to multiversal power sources has given rise to the phrase "Dr. Strange is as powerful as the god he invokes." Doctor Strange's powers typically come from one of three divine sources: The Vishanti (a trinity formed of Hoggoth, Oshtur, and Agamotto), the Octessence (a group of eight beings, consisting of Balthakk, Cyttorak, Farallah, Ikonn, Krakkan, Raggadorr, Valtorr, and Watoomb) and other beings who owe him a debt (this includes Satannish and even Dormammu). However, certain abilities of his stem from more obscure sources, such as the Faltine, the Seraphim, Cinnibus, Sheol, Ikthalon, Denak, Cyndriarr, Munnopor, Morpheus, Dyzakk, the Olympian deities (such as Poseidon and Hades) and others.[citation needed]

Darkness of the Divine Conduit (Black Magic): By sheer force of will "take" the power of another entity. This does not require the use of a spell. He used this ability against Arioch and Shuma-Gorath. The fact that Stephen can do this is a testament to his incredible willpower and strength of mind. This is considered black magic and as such he rarely employs this. Also, when taking the powers of celestial entities, he absorbs the mind and assumes their duties and roles in the dimension in which they exist. If his will falters, he can lose all sense of self.[citation needed]

Although Dr. Strange primarily uses spells that are considered 'white magic', he will use spells from other disciplines such as black magic, elemental magic, and catastrophe magic when necessary.[citation needed]

Dr. Strange's powers are all mystical but take several forms. Main manifestations include:

  • It is said that he cannot use magic that can replicate anything discovered by human science.[169]
  • By force of will, Dr. Strange can "take" the power of another entity. This does not require the use of a spell. He uses this ability against Captain Universe as well as against Arioch and Shuma-Gorath in Strange Tales (Vol. 2). Strange also uses this to drain the Wrecking Crew of the Asgardian magic they had been infused by Karnilla, though this causes him great mental agony and takes a long time. This is considered black magic and as such, he rarely employs this. Also, when taking the powers of entities, he can absorb their mind and assume their duties and roles in the dimension in which they exist. But, if his will falters, he can lose all sense of self.[citation needed]
  • Dr. Strange also became proficient in Black Magic under the tutelage of Kaluu, including using the necromantic energy released in death for various effects. After he purged Shuma-Gorath from himself, he has since stopped using black magic.[170]
  • At a certain period, Dr. Strange became a receptacle of Earth's Gaia magic through the use of a forge built with the support of all his magical artifacts. This energy was exhausted in the War of Seven Spheres.[citation needed]
    • For a brief period, research from the Vishanti library led Strange to tap into "catastrophe magic" by invoking a mystical alignment of all the planets, but this source of magic was limited, and he ceased using it specifically as a source of his power.[citation needed]
  • Strange's magical powers at their greatest peak exceeds that of even the Watcher Uatu and rivals that of other great beings, such as Galactus or Celestials.[citation needed]


Former Expert Surgeon/Surgical Consultant: Strange holds an M.D. in neurosurgery and was once considered one of the foremost experts in his field. However, the nerve damage he suffered in his car crash severely compromised the manual dexterity in his hands, preventing him from performing surgery except when temporarily supplemented by magic.

Even without magic, Strange retains his medical knowledge. He still practices medicine,[171] was the Illuminati's surgeon,[111] and can guide other less skilled, yet un-maimed surgeons through intense effort, and is still capable of serving as a consultant.[citation needed]

Expert Occultist & Magical Knowledge: During his studies which continued until recently Dr. Strange has gain expert awareness on cults and the extra-dimensional entities they worship, this knowledge as of yet far exceeds any on Earth in the Marvel Universe.[citation needed]

Expert Strategist: Though Stephen seems to suffer from an impulsive nature, instinctively jumping into situations of life-or-death, it's apparent that he works best this way possessing considerable strategic skills, which has been employed in leadership structures, and spontaneous situations, all of which is a necessity in the random environment of Mysticism.[citation needed]

Expert Martial Artist: Dr. Strange is a skilled athlete and was trained in the martial arts used by Tibetan monks in Kamar Taj, proving sufficiently talented to pass down such training to others, such as Clea. These talents have assisted him from time-to-time when incapable of using his sorcery. Strange is a formidable opponent to any skilled attacker and continues to train regularly with Wong.[172] He has in some cases, been known to occasionally spar with other heroes; in one case, Strange was able to evade a kung fu hand-chop by Mantis (the future mother of the Quoi) "only three others have ever done" and who has been able to subdue Thor in sheer physical combat, despite his strength nearly hundreds of times superior to her own.[citation needed]


Science-Based Weakness: It has been said Strange's power is weaker against strictly science-based opponents.[citation needed]

Incantations and Gestures Dependency: Strange also depends on spoken incantations, mystical gesturing, and his arcane artifacts in his duties; likely these can be counted as weaknesses. Strange has been incapacitated various times by being gagged and bound, preventing him from uttering arcane invocations or performing mystic gestures. The Hulk breaking his hands greatly crippled his magic ability.[101]

Human Factor: Another weakness is that Strange, despite all his spells and magical training, is only human physically. Hence, if not taking proper care or defenses, Strange can be overpowered by mere blows, energy attacks, or gas. While technically immortal per se, he still must eat, sleep and breathe in order to survive.[citation needed]

Astro-Limits: Such is the skill and mastery of Doctor Strange that he is capable of spending up to 24 hours upon the astral plane before he must rejoin his ethereal form with his physical one, lest succumb to corporeal deterioration leading to bodily death and eternal suspension as a spirit.[44] The physical form remains in an inert, death-like trance, vulnerable to both physical and magical forms of harm while the astral form is absent. If harm were to befall his physical form while he was in his astral form, he would be stranded in his wraith-like state. Though Strange has only his personal abilities in his astral form, the Ring of the Ancient One/Ring (of Full Power) can grant him access to the same resources he possesses in his physical body; however, certain writers and editors appear to have portrayed Strange in an astral form capable of feats beyond his personal abilities even without the Ring.[citation needed] According to Baron Mordo, the intense atomic radiation of the sun's core can change the composition of astral forms.[173]

Magic-Induced Physical Changes: A fact not known by many people is that the use of magic takes a physical toll on its user. During his first lessons, Stephen vomited for three days straight because of this. As years went by, Strange's body changed so much his stomach can't even accept human food and can only ingest that which would kill a normal person.[174]

Mysterium: Strange is vulnerable to the anti-magic metal known as mysterium. It is immune to his magic and it can render Strange powerless.[175][176]



Strange's own power is often amplified by the numerous magical artifacts that are in his possession or by artifacts that he uses in the course of his adventures. The three artifacts he carries with him at all times are the Eye of Agamotto, the Cloak of Levitation, and the yellow sash tied around his waist. At one point, due to his evoking Zom's dark power, he deemed himself no longer worthy of the office of Sorcerer Supreme and passed the responsibility of choosing the next one to the spirit of the Ancient One; Strange loses at least his principal magical items and old costume to Brother Voodoo, the new Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth dimension and prime reality, but after recovering his office they have been recovered.

  • The Eye of Agamotto (which resides within the Amulet of Agamotto worn at Dr. Strange's throat) is a powerful and valued artifact that has many functions. Using the Eye, Strange can see through any lie, deception, or illusion, send the eye out at light speed to intercept and absorb massive amounts of any type of energy and free others who are trapped in their own illusions. It is often used to amplify his mind's eye, giving psychic abilities that rival the most powerful of telepaths. It is also often used to play back an area's past events, lift beings weighing thousands of pounds into the air telekinetically, and open dimensional portals, as well as placing beings in suspended animation. The Eye can track beings by their psychic or magical emissions. The light given off by the Eye also weakens a variety of evil mystical beings, such as demons, devils, undead beings, dark extra dimensional entities, and even sufficiently corrupt human practitioners of dark magic. When used offensively, no being can withstand its light for long; due to its lethal effect, it is often used as a weapon of last resort. The Eye appears to be dimensionally linked to the Orb of Agamotto, and is presented to the current Sorcerer or Sorceress Supreme to aid them in their great duties. The amulet can only be used by a being with a pure heart and a clean soul.
  • The Cloak of Levitation allows him to fly (at roughly 25 miles per hour for indeterminate lengths of time), and responds to his thoughts. Strange has used it many times as a "third set of hands" to attack a foe when his own body has been incapacitated. The Cloak is nearly indestructible, often escaping damage during even the most violent confrontations. The cloak has acted independently from Strange as though it has a will of its own, as well as being quasi-sentient to some degree. The cloak has been nearly destroyed on at least three occasions:
  1. Strange Tales (vol. 1) #157 — During a battle with Zom at Stonehenge. Strange was able to reconstruct it in a display of power to prove to The Living Tribunal that Strange was worthy to set right the cosmic events recently unleashed
  2. Doctor Strange vol. 2, #77 — During a battle with the demon Khat while Strange was in the slow decline of his white-magical powers. The cloak was repaired by Enitharmon the Weaver, the former master of Strange's second apprentice, Rintrah. While the damage to the Cloak on this occasion was not as severe as previously, Strange was unable to repair it himself
  3. The third instance is convoluted. During his attempt to garner a new power-base for himself, after foregoing the powers and protections of the Vishanti, Strange went underground to create his new power forge, and when he was finished he was rejuvenated, younger-looking and wearing a new costume (including a mystical black body suit) and he had transformed the Cloak into something more resembling a Kimono or robe[177] however, soon he was drafted into the War of the Seven Spheres by the Vishanti. After battling for five thousand years in another dimension, Strange was returned to Earth (at a time mere months from when he was spirited away) a tattered shambles.[178] His magical abilities depleted and his new Robe/Cloak shredded. He soon incorporated elements of the cloak into what would be called the "Overcoat of Levitation"; a red trench coat with the Cloak's gold trim along the collar. He soon returned, however, to his traditional Cloak.
  • The Sash of Dr. Strange, worn around Strange's waist, this enchanted yellow sash can be extended ten times its normal length.[40]
  • The Orb of Agamotto, a large crystal ball which he uses daily to monitor the surrounding dimensions and his own world for trouble;
  • The Wand of Watoomb, which amplifies his power and absorbs mystical energy that can be utilized for a variety of effects, such as reopening dimensional portals and firing mystic bolts; a power-item that can be divided into two separate, though powerless, parts, and can restructure reality itself when combined with other mystical objects (Currently lost in another reality due to the meddling of Warren Traveler of the House of M)
  • The Book of the Vishanti, which contains some of the multiverse's most powerful and secret spells and counterspells for white magic, opposed to the dark arts of the Darkhold
  • The Yggdrasil Staff, a wooden staff forged from Yggdrasil that greatly boosts his magic power but also risks damaging his body.[179]

He owns countless other artifacts he can bring out in times of need. Among them include:

  • The Hands of the Dead, a highly powerful item created fifteen centuries ago, that allows Strange and others to "enter the tides of time and space, travel the world in the blink of an eye, even be in several places at the same time" though can be damaging to one's non-material self if unused to such travel; used for Peter Parker in One More Day
  • The Atlantean Dreamwave, used by Strange to explore the nightmares of John Blaze
  • The Book of Demonicus, used by Strange to gain information on Avarrish.
  • The Book of Eibon, during the days of Hyperborea, about 750,200 years ago, it was the time of the wizard Eibon, greatest wizard of Hyperborea. He wrote his knowledge down in what became known to mankind as 'the Book of Eibon'. Over the millennia the Book of Eibon was owned by many sorcerers and collectors. It came into the hands of the Ancient One at one time, who passed the book on to his disciple Dr. Stephen Strange, who considers it one of his most treasured artifacts, though stolen by Urthona, yet was restored by Agamotto
  • The Brazier of Bom'Galiath, used by Strange to enable Eric Masterson to travel to Mephisto's Hell
  • The Tome of Oshtur, an ancient book of long-lost spells written by Oshtur
  • The Serum of the Seraphim, an all-purpose elixir capable of curing both mystic and non-mystic ailments, described as "the most potent medicine known to the occult"; the serum is so powerful that only a few ounces are needed. It is usually kept in tiny ornate containers holding just a few ounces. Any being drinking this serum is instantly returned to his full health and has all of his wounds healed. Any magical fungus, physical curses (like blindness), or diseases are held in check, then slowly cured over a few days time; either Strange has run out of the Serum recently or its powers have limits: it could not be used apparently to heal Wong's brain cancer or mend Strange's shattered hands
  • The Scrolls of Watoomb, a precious source of magical knowledge written by Watoomb in an unidentified past, giving their user quicker and safer control over the Winds of Watoomb, as well as a greater power to the Winds; the Scrolls also increased the power of the sorcerer wielding them
  • The Ring of the Ancient One, which can be used to allow Doctor Strange to do anything he is capable of in physical form while astrally projecting, as well as to take on the form of the Ancient One himself
  • The Crystal of Kadavus - The Crystal is a fist-sized, diamond-like gemstone that is cut to resemble a skull. When using the proper incantation and exposing it to the light of a full moon, it focuses dimensional forces. When this focused beam is aimed at a magical item it is completely restored to full power, even if the item had previously been drained of its magic powers or “destroyed”. This procedure must be repeated for at least two nights of the full moon before the item is restored to full power. The Crystal has been used to restore or contain the power of the Wand of Watoomb.
  • The Eye of Zartra, an enchanted "eldritch gem" plucked by Prince Namor from the Sword of Kamuu (thus halving its power) and given as a token of friendship to Strange; enhances the power of the ancient Atlantean Sword of Kammu and provides the Sword's user with immunity to magic
  • The Cauldron of the Cosmos, kept in the Meditation Chamber and allowing Strange to "dwell upon the immutable mysteries of the universe" for hours, used basically for consultation and scrying
  • The Oculus Oroboros - The Oculus Oroboros is one of the most powerful, maybe 'the' most powerful conduit for elemental magick ever; gathers elemental magical energy and stores it to be used again at will. For centuries it was hidden for the senses of magicians by a cloaking spell, till the day that archaeologist disturbed it, and it was resurfaced again. The Oculus was collected by Strange's ethereal construct Strange during the time that he was searching for amulets of Earthbound magick to fuel his new power source; depicts a snake eating its own tail.
  • The Gaea Shard, a crystal containing a sliver of the essence of the Elder Goddess Gaea, wielded by Dr. Strange against the Undying Ones.[180]
  • The Hand of the Vishanti, capable of locating others by helping them expel their ethereal form and given to Peter Parker in order for him to track down Shade through Peter entering the Astral Plane; this amulet has the appearance of a simple stone carving resembling a hand; the hand makes it easier to transfer towards the astral plane, and holds a link so the wielder can find its way back.[181]
  • The Jewel of Transhypnosis, owned by the Ancient One, can teleport its wielder into another dimension by focusing their concentration upon it and has the power to transform matter into imagination.
  • The Kartkuthi, a book held by Dr. Strange, one passage was read by Wong to liberate Strange's astral self when it had been trapped by a mystic sword of the Hand with which he had been impaled; Strange finished the spell to release his astral form and help the Avengers win the day by freeing Maya.[95]
  • The Iris of the All-Seeing Oracle, a summoning tool kept in the Sanctum Sanctorum used to scry upon specific locations and persons; This 8 foot diameter, circular device, with what looks like a mirror in the middle, hangs in Doctor Strange's mansion. It is a secondary scrying device that Strange or his friends use when the Orb of Agamotto is inaccessible; the Iris allows two-way audio-visual communications with another mage of the user's choosing anywhere on Earth. One must know the proper incantation to use it.
  • The Oracle of Agamotto, a backup device used by Doctor Strange after the Orb was broken and before Clea mended it
  • The Orb of Snnnr, used by Dr. Strange to communicate with the Pitiful One.[182]
  • Otkid's Elixir, an immensely powerful potion able to cure all diseases on Earth that "has the power to erase what troubles the mind of man"; stolen from Otkid by Dr. Strange, destroyed by Nicodemus West; one drop was saved and used by Strange to cure Wong of brain cancer.[172]
  • The Scroll of Eternity, kept for ages by the Aged Genghis (who gave it to Strange), it holds a spell that opens a gate to a mystic realm close to Eternity; it holds the name of Eternity and it can assume that the spell, when used properly, will indeed transport the caster to Eternity, but when only the slightest mistake is made, this spell will open a gate to a world ruled by a demon who is come to be known as the Demon in the Mask, the Realm of Eternal Madness
  • The Sword of the Ultimate Shadow, a magical sword that is able to inflict great physical pain through the astral body, pain that cannot be stopped by mystical energies, even those as potent as the Shield of the Seraphim; once used by Strange's evil double from the Infinity War and is now again stored, protected by spells in his Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • The Star of Capistan, a ruby larger than any other existent, its sentience and wicked will of its own corrupted Strange, yet the Sorcerer Supreme, with a Eye of Agamotto having failed him, and his participation in the Order weakening his own sanity, used the Star as his amulet instead; the Star was sensitive to human brainwaves on a global and possibly even cosmic scale; Strange reverted to the Eye shortly, with the Star's current whereabouts unknown, though it is likely hidden, in the Sanctum Sanctorum or elsewhere due to its lethal and sinister nature
  • The Purple Gem, one of the many enchanted gems of power from the Purple Dimension of Aggamon passed down to Strange through the late Ancient One; a device to bridge the dimensions, it provides a means to enter (or become trapped in) the Purple Dimension, can amplify and focus the Eye of Agamotto's power, entrap an opponent, though ancient and cunning masters of Asgardian magic such as the god Loki resisted being sent to the Purple Dimension (or if he was actually sent there, he was able to return instantaneously under his own power) and the conjured portal was shattered by one gesture; said by Strange to have even greater hidden potential, and unlocks more of its vast power when used with a Dimensional Energy incantation that calls on Aggamon's strength.
  • The Staff of Dravid, used by Doctor Strange in battle with Wandor.
  • The Talisman of Abraxas, an amulet Doctor Strange gave to Namor the Sub-Mariner to palliate his personality shifts
  • The Wands of Satannish, objects kept by Strange within the Nisanti cabinet
  • The Diary of Kenneth Ward (who told Doctor Strange of his encounter with traces of the Undying Ones in a hidden Himalayan valley), kept by Strange in his Sanctum Sanctorum's library, containing the location of the valley.[183]
  • Two mirrors, needed for a "radical spell" used to renew the enchanted barrier around the Sanctum Sanctorum
  • A magic amulet given to him by the Ancient One in Strange's very first issue, Strange Tales Vol 1 110, used to call upon his master even in spirit form to prevent a man from shooting him; the Ancient One placed a hypnotic spell on the man to stop him
  • An enchanted deck of tarot cards known as the First Tarot Deck utilized by Doctor Strange with his subconscious mind after the original Defenders had disbanded, to choose the best heroes to handle the problem for the Secret Defenders; the heroes would go each their separate ways after the problem was solved; the Deck was used by Ian McNee to profile magic and its users in the Marvel Tarot
  • An magical amulet given to Eric Masterson by Strange to shield him from detection from the demons in Mephisto's Hell; lost in Hell
  • Mystic ruby crystals given to Valkyrie by Doctor Strange to be used to “point the way” to the Hulk and Namor; the crystals appear to flash with bright light when they are in proximity to either one, as well as spinning around in such a fashion its pointed edge points to whichever direction the Hulk and Namor is currently at
  • Two Gems That Are One, magical jewels stolen from Dr. Strange by Urthona.[184]
Stephen Strange (Earth-616) from New Avengers Illuminati Vol 2 2 001

Dr. Strange with the Soul Gem

As a result of being a member of the Illuminati, he has also come into possession of the Soul Gem of the Infinity Gauntlet, though he has sworn not to ever use it or to reveal its location, having lost since lost his soul to it, despite its hunger for such ethereal forces. Strange also once kept the Book of the Darkhold in his library of the Sanctum Sanctorum, using it to invoke the Montesi Formula and destroy all vampires in the Marvel Universe, as well as using it among his other items in an attempt to defeat Adam Warlock but it has since been removed. Strange was also in possession of the virtually indestructible sword Dragonfang, capable of destroying certain mystic barriers as well as absorbing magic when in contact with blood; Dragonfang was carved from the tusk of an extradimensional dragon by an Oriental wizard named Kahji-Da and fallen into the possession of the Ancient One, who in turn passed it down to his disciple, Dr. Strange. Dr. Strange then passed it onto Valkyrie; during the events of Ragnarok, she fell in battle and the sword got picked up by Lady Sif, lover of Thor, though Sif, too, eventually fell before Asgard's demise. Valkyrie has not yet been revived, as shown in Mystic Arcana.

A desperate Strange was forced to use a spell to destroy all his magical artifacts to prevent the wicked Urthona from obtaining them, even his Orb of Agamotto (though the Darkhold was unable to be destroyed even by Strange's magic). However, it is later revealed that Agamotto himself had teleported the artifacts to his own realm, and Strange later retrieved them from him, months later.

Dr. Strange shrunk his talismans and hid them behind the Eye of Agamotto. He restored them to their size when he was forced to confront the Infinity Gauntlet God-made Adam Warlock. The Scrolls of Watoomb were really useful to cancel the effects of the Gem of Space, the Winds of Watoomb recalled reading the Scrolls enabled Strange, Pip, and Gamora to cover a distance of light-years in few seconds. Shortly later, Strange had to use all the talismans to increase his own powers and match, even if only for a few moments, the power of Adam Warlock. After the fight, Strange went back home and put the scrolls and the other talismans in their right place in his room.[185]

Finally, his Sanctum Sanctorum, due to the magic imbued within it, can be thought of as an artifact itself. The Sanctum consistently has a circular window with three swooping lines; this design has stayed with the building despite the window's destruction on many occasions. The design is actually the Seal of the Vishanti found in the window of Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum; it protects the Sanctorum from most supernatural (and even most non-mystical) invaders, also called "Window of the Worlds," or the Anomaly Rue.[40] This seal has failed in barring out Hiroim the Shadow Priest, when he utilized the ancient power of the Shadow Elders (though Hiroim was not truly evil, but grieving and angered). Certain members of the New Avengers appear to acknowledge this, and Chemistro of the Hood's army, though possessing no such power to directly break that of the Vishanti's, was able to change the chemical composition of the wood that held the seal to break it.


Scalpel of Strange: An enchanted sword that Stephen forged himself. It can tear holes in reality, allowing Stephen to teleport extremely long distances.[151]

Gauntlet of Strange: A gauntlet that allows Stephen to conjure giant energy-hands which he can control.[151]


Dimensional teleportation, both within a dimension and between them (the former deemed more consuming in terms of magical energy, oddly enough), using spells using the Marvel Universe's ambient mystical energy or the powers of specific arcane beings, such as Watoomb, Valtorr or the Vishanti's; Strange has also resorted to more conventional means, such as by car, plane or train, and even manual walking alone is not beneath him


  • Dr. Strange was the subject of a 1978 made-for-television film produced through Universal Television Studios and transmitted by the CBS Television Network, which starred Peter Hooten as Dr. Stephen Strange (described within as a young psychiatry resident rather than an experienced surgeon) alongside Clyde Kusatsu as Wong, with Anne-Marie Martin as Clea Lake; the film also co-starred John Mills as Thomas Lindmer (a character created specifically for the film) and Michael Ansara (who was not credited) as the voice of the Ancient One, and all acted versus Jessica Walter as the evil Morgan Le Fey. Philip DeGuere Jr., better known for creating and producing Simon & Simon, wrote and directed the said film. (The film's setting continuum is Earth-96173.)
  • The mansion where Dr. Strange lives, his Sanctum Sanctorum, is located at 177A Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York which in this universe was the actual address of the apartment building in which the series writer at that time actually lived.
  • Doctor Strange is one of the characters featured in Series A of the Marvel Value Stamp collection of the 1970's.
    Doctor Strange Marvel Value Stamp

    Marvel Value Stamp #13

  • Doctor Mordrid (1992), a film starring Jeffrey Combs as the titular hero, was originally developed as a feature film by Full Moon Entertainment about Dr. Strange. However, rights to the character and name were lost, and the movie was reworked -- though fans of the comics character can easily see the similarities.
  • The hand gestures that Doctor Strange does seems to have been based on the Mudra from Asian religions.
    • Doctor Strange shares similar hand gesture with Spider-Man, who was also co-created by Steve Ditko, sticking out their thumb, pointing and pinky fingers. This was also acknowledged by the characters themselves in Spider-Man: Fever #3.
    • According to Araña, this is due to spider-magic existing before the occult.[187]


  • Dr. Strange and the Fantastic Four are mentioned in the song Superbird on the album "Electric Music for the Mind and Body", by Country Joe and the Fish (Vanguard VSD 79244; released January 1967).
  • Strange is also mentioned in Pink Floyd's song Cymbaline on the album "More" (released July 27, 1968), and in T. Rex song Mambo Sun on the album "Electric Warrior" (released September 1971).
  • Dr. Strange appears on the cover of Pink Floyd's album A Saucerful of Secrets (released June 29, 1968), and on the covers of the Al Stewart albums Past Present and Future (levitating into a dimensional portal) and Modern Times.
  • Allusions to Dr. Strange appear in Tom Wolfe's non-fiction book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968). Wolfe himself made a cameo appearance in Doctor Strange #180 (May 1969).
  • In Jean-Luc Godard's film Sympathy for the Devil (1968), the camera pans across a Dr. Strange comic in the leftist bookstore.
  • At the beginning of his run in Doctor Strange, when Stephen lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme to Loki, writer Donny Cates had him become a veterinarian as sort of an homage to the profession. Cates' cat Autumn had died shortly before he was assigned to Doctor Strange, and he looked up to the vets that had treated her before she ultimately passed away. Autumn's death additionally inspired that of Strange's friend, the talking dog Bats.[188]
  • Stephen's blood type is B Positive.[189]
  • Doctor Strange was the first one able to discover that the Black Suit Spider-Man had gotten after the Secret Wars, was alive and controlling Spider-Man. However, he didn't reveal this to anyone, since he promised the symbiote that he would keep its secret.[190]
  • His alias as "Iron Mage",[3] might be reference to the character of the same name from Ptolus: City by the Spire from Dungeons & Dragons, which was adapted in comic book form by Marvel Comics.
  • In Tarot #3 the two halves of Doctor Strange merged with the halves of Scarlet Witch and Silver Surfer to create Scarlet Strange and Doctor Surf.

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Links and References


  1. Micronauts #35
  2. Strange (Vol. 3) #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Savage Avengers #9
  4. Hulk (Vol. 2) #10
  5. Avengers (Vol. 8) #33
  6. 6.0 6.1 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #11
  7. Ghost Rider (Vol. 9) #7
  8. New Avengers #37
  9. Marvel Comics Presents (Vol. 2) #1
  10. Defenders (Vol. 2) #5
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Doctor Strange: The Oath #2
  12. New Avengers (Vol. 2) #16.1
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 New Avengers (Vol. 3) #27
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Defenders: Strange Heroes #1
  15. 15.0 15.1 Secret Wars #2
  16. 16.0 16.1 Doctor Strange #183
  17. Doctor Strange: The Oath #35
  18. Valkyrie: Jane Foster #8
  19. Savage Avengers #12
  20. 20.0 20.1 Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #3
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Doctor Strange #386
  22. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #9 ; Rintrah's profile
  23. 23.0 23.1 Death of Doctor Strange #1
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Death of Doctor Strange #5
  25. 25.0 25.1 Strange (Vol. 3) #10
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 Strange Tales #115
  27. 27.0 27.1 Strange Tales #116
  28. Doctor Strange #176 's cover
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3
  30. Excalibur (Vol. 3) #14
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #45
  32. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #40
  33. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #10
  34. 34.0 34.1 Strange Tales #114
  35. 35.0 35.1 Strange Tales #136
  36. Strange Tales #118
  37. Strange Tales #119
  38. Strange Tales #120
  39. Strange Tales #124
  40. 40.0 40.1 40.2 Strange Tales #110
  41. Strange Tales #122
  42. Strange Tales #111
  43. Strange Tales #117
  44. 44.0 44.1 Strange Tales #121
  45. Strange Tales #125
  46. Strange Tales #123
  47. Journey Into Mystery #108
  48. Strange Tales #126
  49. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #72
  50. Strange Tales #127
  51. Strange Tales #134136
  52. Strange Tales #139
  53. Strange Tales #140141
  54. Strange Tales #146
  55. Fantastic Four Annual #3
  56. Strange Tales #150151
  57. Strange Tales #152155
  58. Doctor Strange #171173
  59. Doctor Strange #174
  60. Doctor Strange #175
  61. Sub-Mariner #22
  62. Incredible Hulk #126
  63. Defenders #1
  64. Defenders #3
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 New Avengers: Illuminati #1
  66. 66.0 66.1 New Avengers: Illuminati (Vol. 2) #1
  67. Marvel Premiere #912
  68. Defenders #4
  69. Defenders #14
  70. Defenders #46
  71. Defenders #3338
  72. 72.0 72.1 Defenders Annual #1
  73. Defenders #3135
  74. Defenders #4246
  75. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #7273
  76. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #3
  77. X-Men Annual #4
  78. Incredible Hulk #371
  79. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #4849
  80. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #5859
  81. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #6061
  82. Doctor Strange (Vol. 6) #6
  83. The Order #16
  84. Witches #14
  85. However, later official information in the most recent edition of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe indicates the possibility that this was an impostor, just like the Mockingbird in "Hell" was later found out to be another's soul.
  86. X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #15
  87. House of M #1
  88. House of M #8
  89. Civil War #3
  90. 90.0 90.1 Civil War: Battle Damage Report #1 ; Doctor Strange's entry
  91. Civil War Files #1 ; Civil War Files
  92. New Avengers #28
  93. New Avengers #29
  94. New Avengers #27
  95. 95.0 95.1 New Avengers #31
  96. New Avengers #32
  97. New Avengers #36
  98. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #24
  99. Fantastic Four #550
  100. World War Hulk #1
  101. 101.0 101.1 World War Hulk #3
  102. New Avengers: Illuminati (Vol. 2) #5
  103. New Avengers Annual #2
  104. 104.0 104.1 New Avengers #51
  105. Last Defenders #3
  106. Hulk (Vol. 2) #1012
  107. Thor #602
  108. New Avengers #5355
  109. New Avengers (Vol. 2) #34
  110. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #1
  111. 111.0 111.1 New Avengers (Vol. 3) #3
  112. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #8
  113. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #9
  114. Mighty Avengers (Vol. 2) #2
  115. Infinity #3
  116. Infinity #6
  117. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #14
  118. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #20
  119. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #22
  120. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #23
  121. New Avengers (Vol. 3) #31
  122. 122.0 122.1 New Avengers (Vol. 3) #33
  123. Secret Wars #5
  124. Secret Wars #1
  125. 125.0 125.1 125.2 Secret Wars #3
  126. Secret Wars #4
  127. All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe #1
  128. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #1
  129. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #5
  130. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #6
  131. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #7
  132. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #8
  133. 133.0 133.1 Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #10
  134. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #110
  135. 135.0 135.1 Doctor Strange Annual (Vol. 2) #1
  136. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #11
  137. Doctor Strange / Punisher: Magic Bullets Infinite Comic #18
  138. 138.0 138.1 Doctor Strange #385
  139. Doctor Strange #381
  140. 140.0 140.1 Doctor Strange #382
  141. Doctor Strange #383
  142. Doctor Strange #384
  143. Doctor Strange: Damnation #1
  144. Doctor Strange: Damnation #23
  145. Doctor Strange #387389
  146. Doctor Strange: Damnation #4
  147. Doctor Strange (Vol. 5) #1
  148. Doctor Strange (Vol. 5) #2
  149. Doctor Strange (Vol. 5) #3
  150. Doctor Strange (Vol. 5) #4
  151. 151.0 151.1 151.2 Doctor Strange (Vol. 5) #5
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  154. Doctor Strange (Vol. 5) #14
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  158. Death of Doctor Strange #4
  159. Strange (Vol. 3) #17
  160. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #4
  161. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #19
  162. Doctor Strange #387
  163. Giant-Size Defenders #2
  164. Defenders #29
  165. Infinity Abyss #3
  166. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #27
  167. Incredible Hulks #635
  168. 168.0 168.1 168.2 New Avengers (Vol. 3) #13
  169. Doctor Strange: The Oath #15
  170. In the Black Magic saga in Strange Tales (vol. 2)
  171. Captain Marvel (Vol. 10) #27
  172. 172.0 172.1 Doctor Strange: The Oath #5
  173. Strange Tales #134
  174. Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) #4
  175. Doctor Strange (Vol. 6) #9
  176. Invincible Iron Man (Vol. 5) #11
  177. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #76
  178. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #80
  179. Doctor Strange #383384
  180. Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #41
  181. Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 2) #42
  182. X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #1
  183. Defenders #5
  184. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #81
  185. Doctor Strange (Vol. 2) #36
  186. Savage Avengers #10
  187. Spider-Man (Vol. 4) #2
  188. Richards, Dave (20 December 2017) To Defeat Loki, Donny Cates Teams Doctor Strange with… The Sentry? Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  189. Doctor Strange: The Oath #1
  190. Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality #3
  191. Defenders: Strange Heroes #1
  192. Defenders: Strange Heroes Vol 1 1