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At the end of Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange flies into the dark dimension and starts a time loop.

We only see maybe a dozen or so iterations, but the implication is that it went on for much longer. Do we have any information as to how many times they went through that?

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We don't know exactly, but it's more than a few times

The Hollywood Reporter asked this question of screenwriter Jon Spaihts, who responded:

There is a deliberate ambiguity there. It's one of those places where you want not to over explain. But I think he [things] dozens of times, if not hundreds of times in there. I think he really gets a taste of eternal sacrifice and sticks to his guns.

And Empire Online sat down with director Scott Derrickson, who said that a deleted line would have revealed that they'd gone through the loop thousands of times:

"We had a line," recounts Derrickson, "where Strange said, 'we've been through this a thousand times. Literally. I fancied the idea that they went through it thousands of times before Dormammu finally realised he wasn't going to get out of it."

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    Going through that battle a few thousand times would do a lot to explain his suddenly becoming strong enough to be sorcerer supreme compared to those who have been training for much longer. – kaine Nov 28 '16 at 16:45
  • @kaine Can we train in a time loop? I don't think so. We'll just forget... – Lobo Mar 3 '17 at 20:40
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    @user931 if they forgot, it wouldn't have worked as the big bad wouldn't get annoyed. – kaine Mar 3 '17 at 21:21
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    @kaine Why would Dormammu forget? He was beyond time. – Lobo Mar 3 '17 at 21:24
  • If they forgot, Strange's line about having been through it a thousand times wouldn't have made sense. – Ben Barden Mar 27 at 20:11

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