As we learned in Doctor Strange, earth is protected by a magical defense shield known as the Sanctum.

In Avengers: Infinity War once,

Wong was done helping Banner in New York, he said that he had to return to guard the New York Sanctum.

So we can assume that it was still operational.

However, Thanos (and his henchmen the Black Order) seem to travel to and from earth, seemingly with relative ease. What's the deal?

Can the Black Order travel to and from earth, without being affected by the Sanctum's protections?


It sure seems like they can. In Doctor Strange, Wong explains that the Sanctums and their sorcerers defend against incursions from other dimensions, rather than incursions from space. We see the Mirror Dimension, and Dormammu's Dark Dimension, in the movie.

The Bifrost Bridge and other Asgardian technologies in various Thor movies, Yondu’s ship in Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, all seem to have reached earth just fine despite the Sanctum.

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