Writer of the graphic novel Kill All Monsters. Multifarious podcaster.
I'm a little surprised that this is just a scene by scene breakdown without too much of the usual discussion or speculation especially given the cliffhanger ending and upcoming resolution. I did like your interpretation that Doctor Strange sees himself in Tony arrogance and is perhaps more abrasive than he would be with anyone else. I was a bit taken aback by this "oath to protect the time stone" since that seems to come out of nowhere and seems foolhardy given the prospective danger it poses if kept around. However I understand it does give us an arc to follow to the end of the film.I'll disagree with you on one point. I don't think Doctor Strange gave up the stone because he saw the future and needed to keep Tony alive. Thats a likely possibility but the way I interpreted it is that Dr Strange has an oath to protect the stone but that as a physician first, he has the Hippocratic Oath and is called to first do no harm. He puts on a show of not caring about Tony or Peter compared to the stone, but I see that as smoke and mirrors to compete with Tony's ego and that his sacrifice is a show of his true colors. It makes me wonder if Wong or any of the other mystics would have given up the stone if they had been in the same situation. This choice and abundance of new powers make Dr. Strange the character I'm most curious about seeing developed in post Endgame sequels.
I hear you about the Hippocratic Oath, but disagree about how important it is in that decision. I'm 100% confident that Strange made the call because of his vision of the one path to victory. It has to be true that Strange took the Hippocratic Oath, but he's no longer a practicing physician. Seems to me like his current oath as Sorcerer Supreme takes priority, but we'll see. This is why I don't do much speculating. :)
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