Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: Third Eye explained
- Doctor Strange develops the Third Eye at the end of 'Multiverse of Madness'
- Earlier in the film, Sinister Strange has this
- The Third Eye is essentially the Eye of Agamotto
'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' is the second Marvel instalment where the wizard tries to save the world, but this time, the narrative explores the idea of the multiverse, first introduced in the Disney+ series, 'Loki'.
The new movie ends with Strange saving the day along with Wong, who's now Sorcerer Supreme, and a little help from another superhero - America Chavez. We also see Doctor Strange end up with a physical alteration, that is, he gets the Third Eye.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead]
What is the Third Eye?
The Third Eye is basically the Eye of Agamotto, a talisman which shows the wearer the truth. It is bestowed on those with pure intentions. When the Eye of Agamotto is first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we see it as a relic used to contain the Time Stone.
Since Doctor Strange only uses the Darkhold to stop Wanda Maximoff from stealing America Chavez's powers, his motives are believed to be pure, and with Strange in possession of the Third Eye, one can expect the sorcerer to use it in the coming films.
Doctor Strange develops the Third Eye after he uses the Darkhold to reach across the multiverse to possess another version of his dead body. Being strong magic, the Darkhold can corrupt users' minds, as evidenced in both Wanda and Strange, though the nature of the latter's corruption was different.
Will Doctor Strange become eviler?
Doctor Strange was warned that using the Darkhold could negatively impact people but he did it anyway. While the film's ending suggests Strange isn't particularly affected by it, upcoming movies could explore shades of darkness. An evil Doctor Strange has been depicted in 'What If...?', the Disney+ series and the new movie has shown Sinister Strange too.
However, the version of Strange who used Darkforce to stop Maximoff relies on it as much as his evil counterpart, which also explains the seemingly lower impact.