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Here’s What Doctor Strange’s New Powers In MCU Phase 4 Are All About

By Mabel Judith Andrady
October 16,2021

There’s certainly a lot left to look forward to in the MCU Phase 4. Within this article, every new power that Doctor Strange gets in MCU Phase 4 is listed here. The mystic arts are studied by Doctor Strange, a former neurosurgeon crippled by hand injuries. Though his first goal is to heal himself, he soon realizes that magic has other dimensions. The Ancient One dies and Strange becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, tasked with keeping the earth safe from harm.

Doctor Strange, one of the Avengers’ most powerful members, has the ability to manipulate time with the Eye of Agamotto by going back in time, seeing into the future, or creating a time loop. In Thor: Ragnarok, when he leads Asgardian brothers Thor and Loki to their father Odin, and of course during the battle against Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, his magical abilities, including Eldritch Magic manipulation and interdimensional travel, prove valuable.

Doctor Strange

New characters and powers can be introduced as the MCU expands to tell more complex storylines across the multiverse. Marvel’s What If…? episodes 4, 8, and 9 have already featured Doctor Strange, who goes on to play a significant role in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Despite this, Doctor Strange in MCU Phase 4 has already achieved a new level in the upcoming sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as evidenced by some impressive new capabilities.

The Spell That Wipes Off All Memory

The two split Doctor Stranges

The two split Doctor Stranges

Doctor Strange’s memory-erasing prowess has been well-documented in the comics for decades. Marvel’s revolutionary Civil War saga prompts Peter Parker to turn to Strange for assistance. After consulting with Reed Richards and Tony Stark, Strange uses magic and technology to completely erase everyone’s memory of Spider-secret Man’s identity.

With help from Mysterio, Spider-Man: No Way Home teaser video published in August 2021 shows Peter reaching out to Strange after Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson reveals his identity. Weary of being pursued by the media, authorities, and even bystanders, Peter plans to undo Mysterio’s deed, but Strange has a better idea: he’ll make everyone forget that Peter and Spider-Man are one and the same. It’s amazing to see how well Strange handles himself on his own. While Strange is focused on casting the magic to wipe off all three of their memories of him, Peter starts interfering, and Strange loses control as a result.

The Dark Dimension Magic

Evil Doctor Strange

With his time manipulation skills failing him, in the fourth episode of What If…?, Strange attempts to save his girlfriend Christine Palmer from death. As he continues his quest for the Lost Library of Cagliostro, Doctor Strange masters Dark Dimension Magic. Furthermore, he alsogains even more power by absorbing other magical (sometimes demonic) beings. When Strange succeeds in summoning beings from other dimensions, he brings Christine back to life, but with disastrous results.

Energy Absorption

Doctor Strange In Spiderman

Strange summons creatures from other dimensions and uses their power to enhance his own. As a result, he has grown to god-like proportions. This “good” version of Strange chose not to mess with the flow of time and was placed in the same universe by The Ancient One. Doctor Strange’s strengths can be seen by how he absorbs the massive energy explosion caused by the five Infinity Stones in the final battle against Ultron. He then uses it to fight Ultron.

Vishanti Protection Spell

When Wong casts this magic to protect the Sorcerer Supreme from his own evil twin in What If…? episode 4, we saw it all. In contrast, Strange uses a Vishanti Protection Spell on the heroes in episode 9 to keep them safe from the threat of the Skrulls. Even Ultron, armed with the Infinity Stones, has trouble breaking through the spell’s power. As well as sheltering them from harm, the protection spell increases their overall strength and durability. This is demonstrated by Black Widow’s victory over Ultron, Gamora’s dual-edged sword, and Captain Carter’s shield surviving the simultaneous discharge of energy from the Infinity Stones all at the same time.


Strange may now shape-shift into any of the magical beings he’s encountered as a result of absorbing them. What If…? ends with Strange grappling with his monster resurrected appearance as he resurrects Christine. Later, he transforms into the monstrous Shuma-Gorath and unleashes his tentacles. This allows him to create enough energy to resist Ultron’s attack and continue the Guardians’ Infinity Crusher scheme.


Christine Palmer and Doctor Strange in What If...?

Christine Palmer and Doctor Strange in What If…?

During the climactic minutes of Marvel’s What If…? episode 4, Strange revives Christine using the resources he’s amassed and the Time Stone. Their reunification, however, is tragically cut short. Christine’s death is revealed to be an Absolute Point, and Strange’s actions force his entire universe to collapse. This is different from the Nexus Events introduced in Loki.


Doctor Strange in What If...?

Doctor Strange in What If…?

When the sorcerer enters the Dark Dimension and freezes himself in time, he becomes invincible. When his universe crashes, and he is left alone in the crystal for all time, it becomes especially poignant for him. With the help of The Watcher, Strange is entrusted with keeping an eye on Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger and Toby Jones’ Arnim Zola in a pocket dimension where he can’t be seen.

Imprisonment Spell

Strange Supreme defeats himself by imprisoning his “good” counterpart in a mirror dimension and banning him from using magic. What If…? season 1 concludes with Strange imprisoning Killmonger and Zola in a pocket dimension. This is done so that they can’t get their hands on the Infinity Stones and use them to further their own agendas.

Cosmic Awareness

What if Doctor Strange

The many creatures that Doctor Strange has ingested have heightened his vision of space and time to the point where he can hear and see The Watcher. Strange Supreme asks The Watcher to reverse his mistakes as his universe collapses around him in What If…? episode 4. Strange can, however, speaks with The Watcher. He is able to do so when he is in a comparable state of desperation and needs to intervene to rescue the multiverse.

As a result of his legendary status in the comics, it’s no surprise that in the next MCU Phase 4 films and series, references to his unmatched potential will be made. After all, what we’ve seen so far in Marvel’s What If…? and in Spider-Man: No Way Home with Doctor Strange is just the beginning.

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