In Doctor Strange, How did Kaecilius get set free after he was chained by Dr. Strange.

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One of Kaecilius' acolytes comes and rescues him, and presumably frees him off screen.

Stephen: You think that's funny?
Kaecilius: No. No, Doctor. What's funny is that you've lost your sling ring.

At this, Strange realizes his ring is gone as a portal opens behind him, and he is shot with some sort of weapon. An acolyte comes up and pushes Strange down the stairs.

The next shot we see is of a wounded Strange hobbling down the hallway. Kaecilius is gone.

Aren't you a little short for an acolyte?


We don't know as it all happens off-screen.

It's possible he had other henchmen around and they released him.

A Wikia entry would seem to confirm this:

Strange removed the mouthpiece of the device [the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak] so he could understand what Kaecilius was saying. Soon after, Kaecilius' followers, the Zealots attack Strange, forcing him to retreat. The Zealots then destroyed the device, freeing Kaecilius.

  • While this makes sense, the only source for the wikia article is the film itself. It might be mentioned in the novelization, presuming there is one?
    – Longshanks
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:56
  • Obviously we can only go on the movie but I will check to see if there is a novelisation. Might take a while.
    – Paulie_D
    Mar 16, 2017 at 13:58
  • @Paulie_D, Sure I hope you find some reference :)
    – ashveli
    Mar 16, 2017 at 15:11
  • Seems there is only a "Junior Novelisation" but whether it cover this specific incident is unclear..although I think it unlikely.
    – Paulie_D
    Mar 16, 2017 at 15:16

Strange took The muffler off of Kaecilius before leaving making it easy for him to try and convince Mordo to despise the ancient one and let him free, after strange returns and realizes Kaecilius is gone Mordo is the first one to enter the scene. I think Mordo let him escape especially after his comment at the end of the movie to Strange.

  • Even after Strange retreats his cape stays behind him trapping Kaecilius’ Partner while the other one was still trapped in the dessert... the only explanation to his escape is Mordo let him go Oct 27, 2017 at 3:59

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