The following post contains SPOILERS for Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness. This is usually what you get in post-credits articles. They are almost spoilers by definition. In fact, this is one giant spoiler. Do you want to read more? Great, let’s continue.
We seem to be entering a new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and not just in the sense of «Phase One», «Phase Two», «Phase Three». The studio suddenly introduces big new characters – and more importantly, huge actors from the list of the best – without fanfare, out of nowhere in the post-credits scenes. First Eternal debuted by Harry Styles as Eros (along with Patton Oswalt as Pip the troll), and now in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessBenedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange clashes with Charlize Theron, one of the biggest movie stars on the planet.
In this scene, Theron’s character jumps out of a portal while Strange is walking down a Manhattan street. She asks him to join her on the adventure, and a portal behind her appears to lead to the Dark Dimension, Dormammu’s home from the beginning. Doctor Strange. Strange opens the creepy third eye he got from reading the Darkhold and says he’s ready.
The appearance of the Dark Dimension is not accidental; Theron plays Clea, whose comic book background makes her Dormammu’s niece. Her mother, Umar, is Dormammu’s sister.
Obviously, Clea inherited her looks from her mother’s side of the family.
Clea was first introduced in the pages of a 1964 magazine. Weird Tales #126 by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Despite her familial relationship with one of Strange’s archenemies, she has been his most frequent love interest in Marvel comics for many years. (These are the comics for you.) The couple had many ups and downs – that’s the comics for you too – but the bottom line is that they met when Strange first came to the Dark Dimension, and she soon became his only ally there. They fought Dormammu on numerous occasions and eventually fell in love with each other.
Clea is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Dark Dimension, just like Strange is traditionally the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth. (In the MCU, Wong became the Sorcerer Supreme when Strange died during Avengers: Infinity War and he has yet to regain the title.) Since Clea was born in the Dark Dimension, she is also stronger and more durable than the average human. (This also apparently means that she loves the color purple, as evidenced by her appearance in the comics. and in Multiverse of Madnesswhere Theron wears a slightly less ridiculous version of Clea’s traditional costume.)
As for what dating Clea means for a possible Doctor Strange 3: The plot could have developed in many places, but Strange and Klia spent a lot of time in Doctor Strange comics fighting for control of the Dark Dimension with Dormammu, Clea’s mother Umar and others. It’s also worth noting that just a few months ago, Marvel released a miniseries titled Death of Doctor Strange and after Strange’s death they published a new series under a simple title Strange. Here is the cover of the first issue:
Yes, Clea is the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth now. So if Benedict Cumberbatch ever wants to leave Doctor Strange films, Marvel has just unveiled its potential replacement. At Marvel, actors may retire or grow old from their roles, but stories go on forever. These are the comics for you.
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