In the "Dormammu, I've Come To Bargain" scene, was the time loop keyed to restart immediately after Strange died, or was it simply set to start again after a set period of time, perhaps a few minutes?

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    "Connected to his death"? You mean his deaths in the time loop?
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 6:31
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    Okay, I think I understand what you're asking now. You're asking whether the time loop reset upon Doctor Strange's death, or after a set period of time. Is that right?
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 6:53
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    In a realm where time doesn't exist, does this even matter? If Dr. Strange assumes Dormammu kills him within the hour, is there any discernible difference between 'on death' and 'on the hour, every hour'?
    – steenbergh
    Commented Jan 4, 2019 at 15:18

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I tried to find a full movie script but it doesn't appear to be released or leaked yet, so I would have to guess that the reset was on the moment of his death. If it was a set amount of time then logically all of the times he was trying to bargain could prove difficult and the loop could reset in the middle of the conversation. Conversely when Doctor Strange was killed instantly then Dormammu would be sitting there waiting a few minutes, probably thinking he might have finally ended it and won, before the reset occurred.


From what we see, I believe it was set to loop every time he was killed.

We can infer this based on seeing him survive for varying duration in every iteration. Some times he dies just instantly, some times he does manage to buy some time.

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