Eye of Agamotto
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|Eye of Agamotto|
|First appearance||Strange Tales #115 (December 1963)|
|In story information|
|Element of stories featuring||Doctor Strange|
The Eye of Agamotto is a fictional mystical item in the Marvel Comics universe. The artist Steve Ditko drew inspiration from the real world charm called 'The All Seeing Eye of the Buddha', known among Buddhists as "The Amulet of Snail Martyrs", a Nepali symbol meant to protect its wearer against evil.
It is the name commonly given to Doctor Strange's amulet, though the Eye actually resides within the amulet and is released from time to time. The Eye itself gets its name from Agamotto, a powerful mystic being who used it during his time as Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth dimension. It first appeared in Strange Tales #128.
Fictional object history
The Eye's origins are currently unknown, but there are theories of how it came into existence. Some believe that it was discovered by Agamotto among the skies and stars, where it had drifted for ages. Others claim that it was created by Agamotto himself, which makes sense when the Eye's powers are compared to those of "the All-Seeing."
It is said that the Eye of Agamotto draws on Agamotto's own mystical ability to span distances and dispel disguises and illusions. Agamotto is also presumably aware of every time the Eye is used and may even record those events for later viewing.
In the Dark Reign, though Strange has at first retained both the Eye and the Cloak, the Hood, on Dormammu's commands, has targeted Strange to eliminate him and seize the Eye of Agamotto. Strange, having evoked Zom's power tells him that he is not ready to use it because of his tainted soul and demonic connection.
Strange shows it to the New Avengers, describing the Eye as "one of the most powerful mystic conduits on this physical plane." Strange and the New Avengers now battle against the forces of the Dark Dimension as Strange searches the planet for new potential candidates. The Eye is presented to the new Sorcerer Supreme, Brother Voodoo, in New Avengers #53, who bears it as he fights against Dormammu. Strange had lost the eye because of his own corrupted connection to Zom.
Later, Doctor Doom arrives to challenge Brother Voodoo's 'claim' to the Eye. Doom claims the object must belong to him, for the protection of others, but abandons the Eye after using it to see his future, informing Brother Voodoo that he will gain nothing from it.
When Doctor Strange and Daimon Hellstrom are possessed by an unspecified demonic entity, they attempt to claim the Eye from Doctor Voodoo, causing it to teleport to Avengers Mansion. Luke Cage touches the object and mutates in a monstrous version of himself, the entity that has possessed him subsequently 'jumping' into Iron Fist, who then teleports away with the Eye, triggering a rift in the sky that Strange states means the end of everything. As the Avengers battle the demons back on Earth, Iron Fist finds himself in a white void where he encounters the Ancient One, who claims that he is responsible for the current invasion due to his anger at Strange's recent 'failures'. When Iron Fist returns to Earth- now dressed in a new costume-, he claims that the Ancient One has told him that Strange stole the Eye from the Ancient One rather than being given it by his master, challenging Strange to admit the truth. Noting that such a claim contradicts everything the Ancient One taught him about the Eye, Strange realises that the entity they are facing is not his master, with a casual comment by Spider-Man prompting the sorcerers to realise that the enemy they face is Agamotto himself, trying to reclaim his Eye after the apparent 'death' of the Vishanti. Although the group attempt to defeat Agamotto by empowering Wolverine to serve as their 'avatar', Doctor Voodoo is finally forced to sacrifice himself to contain their foe, apparently destroying himself and the Eye at the same time.
The Eye and Strange's Cloak of Levitation is seen in the Hulk graphic novel "Future Imperfect". Taking place a hundred years from 'now', after a nuclear war, the cloak, tattered, and the Eye are shown as some of many items in the memorial-room home of the Hulk associate Rick Jones. The same cloak and Eye are then stolen as part of a plot by Thanatos, a version of Rick Jones, who wished to became the ultimate version of himself. Thanks to other versions, including the elderly, Thanatos is stopped.
The Eye can radiate a powerful mystical light that allows Strange to see through all disguises and illusions, see past events, and track both ethereal and corporeal beings by their psychic or magical emissions. The light given off by the Eye also weakens a variety of evil mystical beings, such as demons, devils, undead beings, dark extradimensional entities, and even sufficiently corrupt human practitioners of the Dark Arts. Strange can use it to probe the minds of others, project a powerful mystical shield, and create portals to other dimensions. It has also been used to place beings into suspended animation, and Strange has used its light to levitate objects as heavy as the Hulk and Professor Xavier plus his wheelchair together, or the Thing, with minimal effort while simultaneously magically controlling the Cloak of Levitation to fly himself, carrying a total of at least fifteen hundred pounds, during the early years of the Defenders. The Eye of Agamotto can be used to transport a group of dozens of beings of all kinds and power levels into another point within a universe, as Strange did to combat the threat of Thanos.
In other media
- The Eye of Agamotto appears in the direct-to-video film, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme. It is a legendary mystical artifact that belongs to the Sorcerer Supreme. It previously belonged to the Ancient One until it was passed down to Doctor Strange. Dormammu stole the Eye as he made his way to the Sanctum Sanctorum. Strange, remembering his training with Mordo, absorbs the pure magic that the demon is blasting him with. Since Dormammu himself is made of pure magic, he soon vanishes into nothing after pouring his power into Strange using the Eye of Agamotto.
- As expected, it is featured with the Dr. Strange character in the cartoon The Super Hero Squad Show. In one episode, interaction with the show's unique plot element called Infinity Fractals resulted in the corruption of the Eye. This causes Dr. Strange to act in an erratic, deranged manner.
- The eye is also used by Doctor Strange in the 1990s cartoon series Spider-Man in the season 3 opener "Doctor Strange."
- The Eye is used a special move in the game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- "Wizard" #156 (August 2004) Page 168
- "Strange Tales" #128 (1965)
- Dr. Strange Annual #2 (1992)
- "New Avengers Annual" #2 (March 2008)
- "New Avengers" #53
- "Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural" #1 (October 2009)
- Heroic Age: New Avengers #1
- Heroic Age: New Avengers #2
- Heroic Age: New Avengers #3
- Heroic Age: New Avengers #4
- Heroic Age: New Avengers #5
- Heroic Age: New Avengers #6
- "The Incredible Hulk: Future Imperfect" #1-2 (Dec 1992 - Jan 1993)
- "Captain Marvel" #30 (May 2002)
- Spider-Man 2099 #33 (July 1995)
- The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book Of Marvel Magic #1 (2007)