In Doctor Strange, when Mordo and Wong are explaining to Strange about Dormammu and the Dark Dimension, they say he wants to devour all the worlds in all dimensions, and there is no world he wants more than Earth.

They never say why, though.

Do we have any information, preferably from the writers and producers, or if not, from the comics, explaining what makes Earth specifically so desirable a target? Wouldn't Asgard be yummier, for example?

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    In the comics it was because Strange humiliated him and basically blackmailed him into never attacking Earth (The Domain of the Dread Dormammu!; Duel With the Dread Dormammu).
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 18:33
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    I'd say this has something to do with Earth housing multiple Infinity Stones, though the answer below is just as valid. Commented Feb 26, 2017 at 20:25
  • It's the one he can't have.
    – Möoz
    Commented Feb 26, 2017 at 20:53

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It's never said why, but it is implied

We find through the movie that

  1. The Ancient one draws power from the Dark Dimension to prolong her life
  2. The Ancient one is immortal, because 1
  3. There's a recurrent theme about the consequences of your choices coming back to meet you. It affects Dr. Strange in his injury, it affects Kaecilius in how his choices result in his punishment at the hands of Dormammu eventually, it affects the Ancient One in that her choice to draw power is what drives Kaecilius to his choices, etc. Eventually the reason Baron Mordo abandons Dr. Strange is that he feels the consequences of unleashing the Time Gem will result in something catastrophic later.

The running implication as a result is the possibility that Dormammu hungers for Earth because there is an "immortal" being drawing power from his dimension on Earth. In a way, the Ancient One makes a choice based around being more powerful to defend Earth, and the consequence of her choice is to put the Earth in more danger - and also prolonging her life in a circular way leads to the events that result in her death.

Which is a pretty fitting theme all around for a movie involving time, time loops etc.

  • Actions have consequences. You can't have a story without action or consequence. Is there a story that doesn't have that theme?
    – J Doe
    Commented Feb 21, 2017 at 22:53

It is possible that this line was more meant in the context of Dormammu seeing earth as a threat to its own power, and thus with Earth eliminated, Dormammu could further flex his power unopposed.

The existence of the Kamar-Taj (an organization specifically created to fight Dormammu and his influence), Infinity stones (there are two on earth at the moment, including the Time Gem

which proved to be his undoing

) are all likely reasons why Dormammu would see Earth as a major threat, and thus his main target.


Earth is connected to dozens of powerful magical sources like Asguard. So if he takes over Earth he has access to unlimited magic and an army of mind controlled superheroes.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. The question asks for an attributed answer; can you quote any of the creators of the movie, or anything from the comics, to back this up?
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 21:07

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