When Thanos arrived at Titan Dr. Strange said "You look more like a Thanos" as if he had seen him for the first time. On the contrary Dr.Strange went ahead in time to see the possible outcomes and he must have seen Thanos in it. Is this a movie plothole?

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    Can you provide more details (use spoiler markup if necessary)? It would help to answer the question if we fully understood the context of the comment... I seem to recall Dr. Strange saying something else before he said "You look more like a Thanos". – onewho Jun 29 at 13:34
  • From what i can recall, he exclaimed "you look more like a thanos" when he first saw thanos om titan, as if he didn't know how thanos looks like – Vedant Aggrawal Jun 29 at 13:36
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    "He must have seen Thanos in it." Must he have? Unless the movie explicitly showed you the futures Strange looked into, you don't know what he actually "saw" or experienced in this process. Was it like watching millions of high-def movies? Or a scrambled movie channel? Was it like feeling the strings of a guitar vibrate as you strum them? Was it an emotion? Standard trope for prophecy/future sight, even those actually from the real world, is that there is vagueness and limits involved. Perhaps he only saw a shadowy blob for Thanos, maybe everything was allegory and symbolism, who knows? – zibadawa timmy Jun 30 at 7:10

I can't find the exact quote, but I believe this is in reference to the initial arrival of Bruce Banner and then Maw. When Bruce first lands on Earth he warns that Thanos is coming, soon after Maw arrives in NYC. I think (and this is the quote that I can't find) that Dr Strange asks if Maw is Thanos. So in the scene, you mention Dr Strange is making a callback to this initial confrontation. This is also supported by Thanos's line after Dr Strange speaks:

Dr. Stephen Strange: Oh yeah. You're much more of a Thanos.

Thanos: I take it that Maw is dead. This day extracts a heavy toll, still he accomplished his mission.

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    I had assumed they were referring to running into the guardians from when they arrived on Titan. They ran into the guardians, assumed they were thanos/his men, and fought. After they cleared it up Thanos showed up and strange said his line. – Marie Jun 29 at 15:59
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    That's a good point, could easily be a reference that. – Lewis Jun 29 at 18:12
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    No offense but I don't know why this answer is upvoted so much. Sure it answers the title as written but the OP is saying that he saw the future already so he should already know what Thanos looks like. – Kodos Johnson Jun 30 at 1:44

I don't think he was actually surprised by Thanos's appearance; in-universe, it was probably just a bit of banter. You mention that this was an exclamation, but I recall it being said rather calmly.

Of course, the Doylist reason is that it amuses the audience. If he's seen Thanos some 14 million times, even saying that as a joke doesn't make sense. On the other hand, maybe it was necessary to get that one future where they defeat Thanos...

The name Thanos has meaning itself. Thanatos was a god of death and Thanos is a derivative from that name. Thanos (and Thanatos) both translate to "death" in Greek. One might expect a bad guy named "Death" to look the part. In the movie Dr Strange finds that to be the case for Thanos.

So, we can now easily check to see if Dr. Strange said anything to Maw when he arrived and the answer is no, he doesn't ask if he's Thanos. Maw makes it clear that it is the children of Thanos that have come to take the stone. This is further clarified in the ship when Strange is held by the surgical needles. Therefore, the answer that he thought Maw was Thanos at any point in time is definitely not correct.

The correct answer could be that he thought the GOTG were somehow Thanos initially, but Strange is a smart guy and none of those people are even remotely Thanos, plus Thanos had already sent Maw after him who proclaimed as mentioned above that the children of Thanos essentially do all his work for him, so he probably thought that they were WITH Thanos. This makes more sense anyway as the general conversation goes when Spidey is caught by Starlord at gunpoint; i.e. "we're the Avengers man!" Therefore, this answer is also likely not correct (although closer to correct than the top answer).

The only answer I can come up with is that Strange is breaking the 4th wall, something that a master of the mystic arts could possibly do, and is referring to Cable. This would be well-within the realm of the self-deprecating humor of Deadpool and acceptable to Marvel, because they would want to maintain that Brolin was always Thanos and not Cable.

I believe that it was a Cable/Deadpool joke. Since Josh Brolin plays both Thanos and Cable, Doctor Strange (and the Russo brothers) is (are) taking a shot at Deadpool 2 by saying "oh, yeah. You're much more of a Thanos..." (than a Cable).

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  • Deadpool 2 was released after Infinity War. – A J Oct 11 at 4:02

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