Since Dr. Strange uses the power to turn back time not much later than the ancient one's death, why didn't he use it earlier to bring the ancient one back to life?

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    He would have had to fly around the world backwards to do that. Nov 1, 2016 at 22:22
  • @JackBNimble What do you mean by that? He did it later. Why couldn't he do it when he was with her and he saw her being hurt?
    – papakias
    Nov 1, 2016 at 23:03
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    @papakias he is referencing an old superman scene
    – lois6b
    Nov 2, 2016 at 7:59

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In my opinion, maybe the thought even crossed his mind, but he chose not to do it. Keep in mind that, as Mordo said, messing with the time-space continuum is dangerous, it can have collateral effects such as creating branches and time loops. Therefore, it should only be used in desperate times, like when the last sanctum has fallen and earth is about to be destroyed. Using the eye of Agamotto to bring someone back to life is not something admirable (kind of selfish to revive someone whilst endangering many more). I believe the Ancient One would not have approved of it, since she said: death is what gives life a meaning. To know that our days are counted and each should be enjoyed as the last.

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    Excellent reasoning indeed.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Nov 8, 2016 at 17:01

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