Phase 3 was a magical era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that put several new heroes at the forefront. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) secured their solo movies following debuts in “Captain America: Civil War,” and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) did the same in prequel form later on. The character that kicked off this trend, though, was Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), whose formal MCU introduction in 2016 took the series in a direction that no previous entry had dared approach.
On his journey to becoming the Sorcerer Supreme and the protector of the Sanctum Sanctorum, Strange’s wizard training took an unexpected twist. His mentor, the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), was killed by the villainous Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) and his henchmen — prompting the upstart magic-user to step up and face down the most dangerous individuals he’d ever encountered. As one would imagine, he overcame whatever reality-warping obstacles Kaecilius had to throw at him, but little did the former surgeon realize, his biggest challenge was yet to come.
It’s established in “Doctor Strange” that Kaecilius’ evil schemes weren’t entirely his own, and he was working under an even larger evil: Dormammu. Much like his underlings, this cosmic threat wasn’t able to defeat Strange either, but he didn’t make his opponent’s victory easy. Here are the powers Dormammu possesses and what they mean in the grand scheme of the MCU.