Now that Avengers: Endgame is available on digital and DVD/Blu-Ray, fans are spotting all kinds of easter eggs and references that they missed when catching the movie in cinemas. Most of them increase our appreciation for the film, too, showing that the production team cared about its re-watch value and hid so many hard-to-catch details within it.
Of course, everyone’s human, though, so mistakes still slip through as well and the latest detail fans have noticed about Endgame is a curious moment that occurs just before the big battle kicks off in the third act. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is established as not wearing the Eye of Agamotto. However, when preparing to fight during the iconic “Avengers assemble” scene, Strange has now got the mystical artifact around his neck.
Kudos to Instagram user Ironman.tw for spotting this one, which you can see down below:
It’s unclear whether this is a VFX error, with the Eye accidentally being painted in with the mystic symbols or if it’s from a separate take from the other scenes where Cumberbatch wore the Eye on set. Either way, it presents something of a continuity glitch. For one, the Eye of Agamotto is useless at this point as the Time Stone that powers it is inside the Infinity Gauntlet.
There are explanations around this, though. Strange could have put on the Eye for the battle as a way to fool Thanos into thinking he still had the Stone. Alternatively, maybe the hero just thinks it compliments his outfit and wanted to look his best for the big fight. This doesn’t break the story, then, but it is a little, well, strange.
We’ll next see the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which he’ll team up with Scarlet Witch to cross universes in what’s been described as the MCU’s first scary movie. Maybe the disappearing/reappearing Eye of Agamotto in Avengers: Endgame will be retconned as the first sign that reality’s starting to break? If so, you heard it here first.