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Based on The Winter Soldier, we know that Doctor Strange is on Hydra's list of potential enemies. Do we know why he was on that list?

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    That was not James Rhodes: digitalspy.com/movies/doctor-strange/news/a812436/… – Dave Johnson Nov 14 '16 at 19:03
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    Then why throw out that blatant an Easter Egg? We know the year is 2016, unless the editors screwed up based on awards in his apartment. At the minimum it has to be after the Avengers are formed and known. – alemus Nov 14 '16 at 19:23
  • Don't know. But here's a good answer as well: scifi.stackexchange.com/a/144264/14710 – Dave Johnson Nov 14 '16 at 19:40
  • @phantom42 I do not believe they are duplicates. The other question has no accepted answers, was asked at a time when the movie was going to be something completely different, and does not ask why Hydra cares about Dr. Strange, but whether the Avengers would know who he is. – Dave Johnson Nov 14 '16 at 21:06
  • Did you look at the proposed duplicate? It asks why Sitwell, a member of HYDRA would namedrop Stephen Strange. Answers do not need to be accepted for dupes to apply, and the answer on this one is identical to my answer on the previous one. – phantom42 Nov 14 '16 at 21:15
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Surgical talent, basically

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about this during a visit to the Doctor Strange set; ComicBookMovie.com reports on his response (emphasis mine):

"He is very well-known as a surgeon," Feige said "He has got various awards and plaques you're going to see over there; he attends various galas, might be driving at one point in this movie. He has name recognition and a talent and certain Hydra computers identified him as somebody that could cause trouble for their agendas."

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