The Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch is on its way into phase three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it looks like ABC’s Agent Carter will have an “its all connected” situation, according to Heroic Hollywood. So, will the following look like connections bridging the gap between comic book lore and the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Agent Carter executive producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, known for their works on Law And Order: SVU and Resurrection, said that in this second season of ABC’s Agent Carter will come something known as “Dark Force.” In comic book lore, according to the Marvel Wikia, Darkforce is negative energy drawn from a nearby dimension, which is speculated to possibly be connected to the Dark Dimension, which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige later talks about when he describes it in the Doctor Strange movie.
It can come under control by certain humans. There’s a lengthy description to how it all works, but one that seems to stand out is this is something that even Doctor Strange may find it a challenge to handle.
“Some mutants can tap into this energy naturally, while normal humans may learn to call it up magically or even technologically such as Smuggler. Like other negative energies, Darkforce is easy to learn but hard to control.”
With Doctor Strange, someone reading this comic book definition of the substance and by the method which it’s brought forth, Stephen Strange may be part of the summoning process, but may come come under the difficulties of controlling it. With the rumored Eye of Agamotto containing the green Time Infinity Stone, according to The Inquisitr, could it be thought that either the Eye or the Infinity Stone have any ties to the Dark Force?
Now comes a rather thoughtful theory, last week Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about the “Dark Dimension” in Doctor Strange, according to Comic Book Resources.
“We see glimpses of something called the Dark Dimension. If you were to open a Doctor Strange comic drawn by Steve Ditko, you would see the Dark Dimension is, in fact, very colorful in an extremely psychedelic way. Those are the things we’re not shying away from.”
An in-depth discussion on Reddit first asked if the Dark Dimension and the Dark Force were somehow interconnected. Responses indicated that in the comic books, it’s not “all connected.”
According to a Reddit commenter, if this is true, this would not be the first time Marvel Studios connected things that had no association. For instance, take the tie-ins between the Cosmic Cube and the Tesseract in a Marvel movie.
“It doesn’t look like they were related in the comics, but considering the MCU connected the Cosmic Cube to the Infinity Gauntlet (among other things), I wouldn’t be surprise and in fact, I would expect the Dark Dimension and Darkforce to be connected within the MCU.”
Going back to the explanation made by Feige, the Dark Dimension in comic book lore, and as expressed by Comic Book Resources, has inhabitants by the name of Dormammu, Doctor Strange’s villainous foe, who was banished there accompanied by his sister, Umar. Then there’s Umar’s daughter, Clea. That being said, could these villainous characters have some connection between the Dark Dimension and the Dark Force in the Doctor Strange movie?
Another possible Doctor Strange connection to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. worthy of mentioning is the villain Blackout. He made his debut on the ABC Marvel series where he had the ability to “black out” light sources all around him and of course with his ability, take a life with anyone he touches. In comic book lore, he was bathed in the Dark Force substance by accident.
Fazekas and Butters explain the Agent Carter TV tie-in on the small screen as they cite the Isodyne company being involved. They participated in nuclear testing with the atom bomb.
In the time period of Agent Carter, Peggy Carter and her crew of S.S.R. Agents were typically first to come across a lot of unknowns in the pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. days. One of them being the Deviner, an artifact associated with The Inhumans (that’s another story) and now what is the newly named Zero Matter. ABC co-executive producer Fazekas explains.
“You’ll learn more about that in Season 2, but they stumble upon what people in the Marvel Universe will know as Darkforce, but because they’ve never seen it before they just name it Zero Matter. That’s our tie-in to the ‘Doctor Strange‘ universe, and also to ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ because you’ve seen it in ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ as well.”
To see it all go down, the Doctor Strange movie debuts near the end of this year on November 4 and with ABC’s Agent Carter with its two-hour season two premiere on Tuesday, January 19 at 9 p.m. EST.
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