"Nice place in the Village, though."
"Yeah. Sullivan Street."
"Hmm... Bleecker."
Tony Stark and Bruce Banner[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 Greenwich Village in New York City, it is used to store and secure mystic items such as the Dark Scepter and the Cloak of Levitation. Doctor Strange and Wong were the masters of the New York Sanctum from 2017 until their deaths in 2018 in the Snap, although they were later resurrected in 2023 during 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]

Doctor Strange fighting the Zealots at the New York Sanctum

When the Zealots attacked the New York Sanctum, Doctor Strange was thrown into the Sanctum through its portal on Kamar-Taj. He witnessed the Zealots killing Daniel Drumm before taking them on. During the fight, Strange used the Rotunda of Gateways to trap the Zealots across Earth. As Strange and the Zealot leader Kaecilius fought, one of the relics stored there, the Cloak of Levitation, was released and started to defend Strange.

Doctor Strange is stabbed by Lucian Aster in the New York Sanctum

Strange immobilized 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, the injured Strange created a portal to Metro-General Hospital.[3]

Battle of the Mirror Dimension

"You defended the New York Sanctum from attack. With its Master gone, it needs another, Master Strange."
Ancient One to Doctor Strange[src]

Doctor Strange, Karl Mordo, and Ancient One at the New York Sanctum

Once Strange returned to the New York Sanctum, he found Karl Mordo and the Ancient One assessing the damages to the Sanctum, with Kaecilius already gone. The Ancient One then invited Strange to become the new Master of the New York Sanctum to replace the now deceased Drumm, but he refused the offer. Later, Kaecilius and the Zealots returned to the Sanctum and prepared to destroy it.

The New York Sanctum morphing in the Mirror Dimension

Mordo leapt to fight the Zealots but, in order to save the Sanctum, Strange dragged them all into the Mirror Dimension to isolate them from the physical world. Kaecilius then began manipulating the Mirror Dimension and gave chase to Strange and Mordo outside the Sanctum and throughout New York City.

Doctor Strange begins living at the New York Sanctum

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

Meeting with Thor

Doctor Strange talking to Thor at the New York Sanctum

"My name is Doctor Stephen Strange and I have some questions for you."
Doctor Strange to Thor[src]

Months into his time as the New York Sanctum's guardian, Doctor Strange invited Thor into the New York Sanctum. There, Thor was warmly greeted with tea, which was then transmutated into beer in his hand. 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 then abruptly teleported around the Sanctum with Strange while discussing this, with Thor breaking a bookshelf and spilling his drink.

Doctor Strange, Thor, and Loki in the New York Sanctum

Strange then plucked a hair from Thor's scalp, scanning it with his magic to conjure a portal to Norway, where Odin was. Strange then returned Loki to the Sanctum's atrium, enraging Loki with his sorcery and prompting him to summon his blades. He then whisked the two into the portal.[4]

Infinity War

Bruce Banner lands in the New York Sanctum

"Time Stone's been taken. The Sanctum remains unguarded."
Wong to Bruce Banner[src]

One day in 2018, as Stephen 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 went to investigate and found Bruce Banner slowly reverting from his Hulk form. Banner then warned them that Thanos was coming to which Strange questioned who Banner was talking about.

Doctor Strange, Wong, 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 halt Thanos' plans. As they debated their course of action, they suddenly became aware of a Q-Ship above the city, prompting the four to run out of the Sanctum. Afterwards, only Wong returned to the Sanctum.[5]

Time Heist

Bruce Banner speaks to the Ancient One in an alternate 2012

"I'd be careful going that way. We just had the floors waxed."
"I'm looking for Doctor Strange."
"You're about... five years too early. Stephen Strange is currently performing surgery about twenty blocks that way."
Ancient One and Bruce Banner[src]

In an alternate 2012 timeline, Bruce Banner from the main timeline visited the Sanctum in hopes to retrieve the Time Stone, but was met by the Ancient One instead of Strange. 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 that current timeline. After Banner revealed that Strange surrendered the Time Stone to Thanos, the Ancient One, trusting Strange's judgment, relinquished the Time Stone to Banner and reminded him that everyone was 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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