6 Important Magic Relics Introduced in 'Doctor Strange' 

From the Wand of Watoomb to the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak.


Those that have seen Doctor Strange already know the cool powers that the Eye of Agamotto holds. The Time Stone within the eye lets the wielder control time itself. The film also introduced a slew of other magical items, including the Book of the Vishanti and Easter eggs like Mordo’s whippy Staff of the Living Tribunal and the invaluable Vaulting Boots of Valtorr. The best character in the movie was also the Magic Carpet-esque Cloak of Levitation. Stan Lee is a pretty cool relic too, actually.

The vast MCU holds within it more lore than one can fathom, and Doctor Strange gives a few notable items a brief chance to shine. Here’s a round-up of some of the coolest artifacts that sneak their way into Doctor Strange.

6. Wand of Watoomb

Towards the end of the film, Wong is seen rallying troops at the Hong Kong Sanctum. Before Strange is able to reverse the damage done by Kaecilius’s gang, Wong is impaled, still holding a funky looking, dual-edged hilt. That’s the Wand of Watoomb, one of several items in the comics that is capable of absorbing mystical energy and repurposing it to heal the wielder, set up a protective barrier, or even emit offensive blasts. Though we unfortunately never get to see the relic in action, it is supposedly one of six.

In the comics, the Wand of Watoomb recently appeared in the possession of Doctor Doom, in Brian Michael Bendis’s Invincible Iron Man.

Wong (Benedict Wong) wielding the Wand of Watoomb.

5. Orb of Agamotto

First seen in Odin’s Vault as part of a promotion for 2011’s Thor, the Orb of Agamotto is canonically stored very close to the Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange. The Orb is a means to monitor the mystical shields over the planet created by the three sanctums. Although seen in Doctor Strange, it’s not used, except maybe in the end credits, when Doctor Strange is able to spot a certain Asgardian outsider coming back to New York.

4. Ebony Blade

The weapon of the D-string Avenger known as the Black Knight, the Ebony Blade is a sword cut from meteor by Merlin for Sir Percy of Scandanavia, the first one to don the name the Black Knight. Able to cut any metal except adamantium — it even sliced Iron Man like his armor was sushi once — Percy’s bloodthirst caused the sword to be cursed. The Blade was passed down for generations until Sir Percy’s modern descendant, Dane Whitman, used the sword to bring honor back to the Black Knight mantle.

The Black Knight, holding the Ebony Blade, in the most recent volume of 'Black Knight' issue #1.

The Blade was almost in Doctor Strange. A prop was made and would have played some part in the film, but it was removed from the final script. Don’t expect Marvel to pursue a Black Knight movie anytime soon, but in the comics it was Doctor Strange who removed the sword’s curse.

3. Crimson Bands of Cyttorak

Actually a spell originating from the powerful being Cyttorak, who was both a god and a demon worshipped on Earth before he was banished to the Crimson Cosmos, the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak are essentially magical handcuffs that entrap the target in impenetrable mystic energy. It appeared in Strange Tales #125, which featured Doctor Strange use the Crimson Bands against Mordo.

In Doctor Strange, Strange uses the Crimson Bands to restrain Kaecilius in one of the more eye-catching moments of the film.

2. The Evil Eye

During Kaecilius and Doctor Strange’s fight in the New York Sanctorum, Strange picks up a glowing, horn-shaped relic that Kaecilius taunts Strange for not knowing how to use. That relic is actually the Evil Eye and came from Fantastic Four #54, and it’s capable of literally whatever the writer wants or needs it to do.


1. An Axe

While not a magical axe, there is an axe Strange tries to use against Kaecilius and can’t. Held back by the Cloak of Levitation, Strange’s attempt to grab the weapon hanging in the New York Sanctum is a funny gag in the film, but it also references Strange’s affinity towards axes in the comics.

Variant cover of 'Doctor Strange' #6, showing Strange wielding a medieval axe as he often does.

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