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"Where you going?"
"Time Stone's been taken. The Sanctum remains unguarded."
Bruce Banner and Wong[src]

The New York Sanctum is one of the three bases of the Masters of the Mystic Arts alongside the London Sanctum and the Hong Kong Sanctum. Located in New York City, it is used to store and secure mystic items such as the Dark Scepter and the Cloak of Levitation. Stephen Strange was the master of the sanctum from 2017 until his death in 2018 in the Snap. Wong took his place for 5 years until Strange returned in the Blip.

History

Retrieving the Dark Scepter

The Masters of the Mystic Arts defeated the Witch in London; Wong and Daniel Drumm took the Dark Scepter she once possessed to be safeguarded at the New York Sanctum.[1]

Battle of New York

During the Chitauri Invasion in 2012, The Ancient One defended the Sanctum from its rooftop.[2]

Battle at the New York Sanctum

"Well, a powerful sorcerer, who gave himself over to an ancient entity who can bend the very laws of physics, tried very hard to kill me, but I left him chained up in Greenwich Village, and the quickest way back there is through a dimensional gateway that I opened up in the mop closet."
Doctor Strange[src]
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Doctor Strange fighting the Zealots at the New York Sanctum

As the Zealots attacked the London Sanctum, Stephen Strange was thrown into the Sanctum through its portal on Kamar-Taj. He witnessed the Zealots killing Drumm before taking them on. During the fight, Strange used the Rotunda of Gateways to trap the Zealots across Earth. As Strange and Kaecilius fought, one of the relics stored there, the Cloak of Levitation, was released and started to defend Strange. Strange immobilized the Zealot leader Kaecilius with the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak and, as he talked to him, he was attacked and stabbed by Lucian Aster with a Space Shard. As the Cloak pinned the Zealot behind, Strange created a portal to Metro-General Hospital seeking the help of Christine Palmer.[3]

Battle of the Mirror Dimension

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The Sanctum morphing in the Mirror Dimension

Once Strange returned, he found Karl Mordo and the Ancient One assessing the damages, with Kaecilius already gone. The Ancient One invited Strange to become the new Master to replace the now deceased Daniel Drumm, but he refused the offer. Later, Kaecilius and the Zealots returned to the Sanctum and prepared to destroy the New York Sanctum. Mordo leapt to fight the Zealots but, before they could destroy the building, Strange dragged them all into the Mirror Dimension to isolate them from the Physical World. Kaecilius began manipulating the Mirror Dimension and gave chase to Strange and Mordo outside the Sanctum and throughout New York City.

After Doctor Strange had defeated Kaecilius and the Zealots in Hong Kong, Strange accepted his duty and moved into the New York Sanctum.[3]

Meeting with Thor

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Doctor Strange talking to Thor at the New York Sanctum

Months into his time as the New York Sanctum's guardian, Doctor Strange kidnapped Loki and invited Thor into the New York Sanctum. There, Thor was warmly greeted with tea, which was then transmutated into beer in his hand. Doctor Strange agreed to release Loki and help Thor search for his father, Odin, who had been exiled to Earth, on the condition that all parties return promptly to Asgard thereafter. Thor was abruptly teleported around the Sanctum with Doctor Strange while discussing this, with Thor breaking a bookshelf.

Doctor Strange plucked a hair from Thor's scalp, scanning it with his magic to conjure a portal to Norway, where Odin was. Strange returned Loki to Earth in the Sanctum's atrium, enraging Loki with his sorcery and prompting the Jotun to summon his blades. Doctor Strange whisked the two away before Loki could attack him.[4]

Infinity War

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Bruce Banner lands in the New York Sanctum

Soon after, as Strange was preparing to go on a deli run, he and Wong were interrupted by an object crashing through the roof of the Sanctum. The duo soon went to investigate and found Bruce Banner slowly reverting from his Hulk form as he warned the two that Thanos was coming to which Strange questioned who Banner was talking about.

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Wong, Doctor Strange, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark notice commotion outside the New York Sanctum

After Banner had been provided with new clothes and had given a rough explanation of the threat Earth was facing, he had Strange seek out Tony Stark for aid. After the sorcerers had explained the Infinity Stones to the scientists, Stark proposed that they simply destroy the Time Stone to derail Thanos's plans. As they debated their course of action, they suddenly became aware of Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian's Q-Ship, prompting the four to run out and defend the city. In the following battle, Strange was abducted by Maw with Stark following after him. Back on the surface, Wong returned to the Sanctum while Banner went off to the New Avengers Facility.[5]

Time Heist

In 2023, some of the Avengers traveled back to the Battle of New York in 2012 to retrieve the Time Stone. Bruce Banner visited the Sanctum Sanctorum in hopes to retrieve the Time Stone from Doctor Strange but was met with the Ancient One instead. Impatient for results, Banner tried to retrieve the Time Stone from the Ancient One forcing her to release his Astral form. They discussed how removing the Infinity Stones from their respective timelines could create a branch reality that could mess with the current timeline. Banner tells the Ancient One that Strange gave the Time Stone to Thanos, suggesting in a way that the Time Stone should be handed. The Ancient One gives Banner the Time Stone and tells him that everyone is counting on him to fix the timeline.[2]

Relics

Trivia

  • In the comics, Sanctum Sanctorum is Doctor Strange's private residence and the greatest concentration of occult esoterica and mystical phenomena in existence.
  • "Sanctum sanctorum" is a Latin translation of the biblical term "Holy of Holies."
  • The Sanctum Sanctorum is one of the various landmarks featured in the non-canon video game The Incredible Hulk.

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