It is my understanding that each universe has its own Infinity Stones and they only work within their respective universes.

Dormammu exists within a universe where he controls every bit of energy and matter. He goes from universe to universe to draw more energy into his own.*

When he entered into the universe the Doctor Strange movie was in, there was a portal that merged the 2 universes that Strange used to enter the Dark Dimension and confront Dormammu.

Now, the basic assumption here is that the word dimension is used synonymously with universe.

How come Doctor Strange was able to use an Infinity Stone from his own universe in the Dark Dimension? Likewise, shouldn't Dormammu wield nearly infinite power by possessing the Infinity Stones of his own universe?

* Overlooking the fact that I am sure he tried to invade a particular universe and, unbeknownst to him, he was met with an alternate version of himself, only nicer, friendlier, and had a penchant for showtunes.

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    Well, dimensions were bleeding together at that point. They're not supposed to do that. Rules? What rules? – Radhil Jun 7 '17 at 1:48
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    It is my understanding that each universe has its own Infinity Stones and they only work within their respective universes. Maybe in the comics, but this isn't the comics. – phantom42 Jun 7 '17 at 1:53
  • @phantom42 What do you think the movies are based on? Did they just make up the character, abilities, and all the constituents that typify a Doctor Strange story? No. They sourced from the original material and other Marvel franchises and kept with certain de facto premises to allow for lateral transitions and future convergences. The same fundamental concept is iterated in other Marvel movies. – Rincewind Jun 7 '17 at 2:03
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    "It is my understanding that each universe has its own Infinity Stones and they only work within their respective universes." What specifically leads you to believe that? – Rogue Jedi Jun 7 '17 at 2:09
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    Yes, they largely based things on the comics - but they are not beholden to the comics either. Lots of things have changed - backstories, rules, forms, identities... This might be one of those things that have been altered or straight up ignored. – phantom42 Jun 7 '17 at 2:41

I believe within the context, that the Dark Dimension is part of the same universe in question. As shown in the film Doctor Strange, when he is travelling through the dimensions/universes, guided by the Ancient One that he is still within his own larger universe or multiverse (rather that being a smaller multiverse within the Marvel multiverse that the Sorcerers cannot break through). Or perhaps the Infinity Stone, regardless of whether in was within its dimension of origin acted as a battery and outlet. The Stone of Agamotto serving as a battery storing or rather generating time. Making Dormammu unable to control the foreign energy from his universe.

Secondly, as I am not terribly familiar with Marvel functions please forgive me if I'm wrong; but there may be no Infinity stones within his dimension. And if each universe has its own set of Stones then the Dark Dimension may not be a universe independent of itself.


Marvel has very different definitions of :

  • Reality
  • Dimension
  • Universe

For some reason. I think you're just confused.

For example there are actually LOTS of Marvel character that have reality controling/shifting powers and if you're not familiar with the difference you'd think "oh he's over-powered" but not really.

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    I'm unsure as to how this answer the question asked, please consider editing the answer to address the question. – Edlothiad May 7 '18 at 18:53

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