In Avengers Infinity War, Doctor Strange used the Time Stone to view all 14,000,605 possible outcomes of the on-coming conflict with Thanos. The Sorcerer Supreme discovered that there was only one, Avengers Endgame, in which they succeeded. To orchestrate it, the wizard willingly traded the Time Stone for Iron Man’s life so that Tony Stark could die sacrificially in five years time after both Thanos’ Snap and Hulk’s reverse one.
But now a popular new fan theory argues that there’s more than one way to win other than just the Endgame, but Doctor Strange was concerned that the TVA would show up and prune the timeline.
Reddit user chejordanxxx writes: “Doctor Strange told them, there’s 14,000,605 timelines that he has seen using the Time Stone.
“But there’s only one way to ‘win’. To be fair, there’s plenty of ways they can defeat Thanos.
“Doctor Strange didn’t lie, but the reason why this alternate scenario won’t happen [is] because (spoiler alert from Loki): TVA keep pruning/resetting those timelines.”
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The theorist then pointed out how during the final battle Iron Man asked a resurrected Doctor Strange about there being just one out 14 million or so chances to defeat Thanos.
Tony asked the Sorcerer Supreme: “Tell me this is it?”
Doctor Strange replied: “If I tell you what happens, it won’t happen.”
But the Reddit user argues that the real reason he doesn’t tell Tony is because doing so would branch the timeline.
Iron Man, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange in Avengers Infinity War
And if that happened, then the Time Variance Authority would show up to prune it and arrest Tony as a variant.
Luckily, what Doctor Strange planned was what was supposed to happen just as Judge Renslayer explained to the 2012 Loki variant in the Loki Disney+ show.
Of course, it wasn’t the Time Keepers who decided this but He Who Remains, the Kang the Conqueror variant who created and ruled the TVA.
Commenting on the Reddit theory, another writer called GenericGaming said: “I agree but for different reasons.”
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They continued in their upvoted comment: “He said he saw 14 million realities and out of those 14 million, there was only one that they won in.
“That doesn’t remove the possibility that there are more possible realities that they could’ve won in, rather that it took Strange 14 million tries to find the first one.
“This possibly also only includes the realities where Strange survives, but this is only speculat[ion] on my part. There’s probably more where they could win but Strange doesn’t know that because he died before knowing the outcome.”
Avengers Endgame is streaming on Disney+.
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