Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced a new character in its mid-credits scene, and it’s a powerful and important one.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has a couple of surprises as a result of its multiversal story, and one of the biggest ones comes right at the end of the movie, in the mid-credits scene, which introduced a very important character in Doctor Strange’s comic book history – and here’s who she is. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 is exploring the multiverse, its many dangers, and the variety of characters who live in it, and after taking a look at the chaos it can unleash in Spider-Man: No Way Homeit explored some of its consequences in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Directed by Sam Raimi and set after the events of Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sees Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) protecting America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), a teenager with the power of traveling between dimensions by punching open portals. A dark force has been hunting America across dimensions, and that force is revealed to be the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who wants to acquire America’s powers so she can reunite with her children, Billy and Tommy, who she created during her time in Westview.
Strange and America’s travels across dimensions allowed the MCU to add some surprises to Doctor Strange 2, as were the appearances of Peggy Carter as Captain Carter, Charles Xavier, Reed Richards, Maria Rambeau as Captain Marvel, and Black Bolt, but that was not all. The mid-credits scene of Doctor Strange 2 introduced a new character, Clea (Charlize Theron), a sorceress who arrived to ask Doctor Strange for help as his actions have triggered an incursion – and here’s who she is and why she’s important to Doctor Strange.
Clea’s Origins & Powers Explained
Clea is a powerful sorceress related to other-dimensional beings, as she’s the daughter of Prince Orini (son of Olnar, the former ruler of the Dark Dimension) and Faltine fugitive Umar, who is the sister of none other than Dormammu. Umar abandoned Clea with Orini and became violent, fighting her brother until Dormammu defeated her and banished her to another realm, so Clea grew up unaware of who her mother is and worshiping her uncle, who her father loyally served. Clea met Strange when he was asked by the Ancient One to travel to the Dark Dimension as Dormammu was planning to conquer Earth, and Clea, who was impressed by his courage, followed him and warned him about facing her uncle. Clea and Strange became allies, and after a couple of battles, including the defeat of her mother and Clea taking the throne of the Dark Dimension, Clea and Strange exchanged vows and became one according to the laws of the Dark Dimension.
As a half-Faltine and half-Dark Dimensional mortal, Clea has a variety of powers and abilities. Clea can manipulate the forces of magic for different effects, such as transmutation, creating magical energy bolts, magical construction of animate beings, conjuring objects and energies, teleportation, levitation, mind-control, casting illusions, invoking entities or objects of power from other dimensions, and more. Thanks to her training with Doctor Strange, Clea also possesses a vast knowledge of magical lore and is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and she’s also capable of replicating any spell performed by Strange.
Why Clea Appears At The End Of Doctor Strange 2: What It Sets Up
Clea is one of the most important characters in Doctor Strange’s comic book history not only because of her romance with Strange but because of her links to the Dark Dimension. Dormammu and the Dark Dimension made an appearance in Doctor Strange, and with Dormammu being the powerful entity it is (and given that he ended up giving in to Strange’s demand), that surely won’t be his only appearance in the MCU. Clea’s introduction serves as a link between Doctor Strange’s first movie and the current storylines in the MCU centered on the multiverse, while also marking a new chapter in Strange’s personal life now that Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) has moved on.
Among the new concepts the MCU’s Phase 4 is introducing through the multiverse are “incursions”, which as explained in Doctor Strange 2 are events where two universes crash into one another. Strange’s use of the Darkhold to stop the Scarlet Witch and save America Chavez (and the universe from more chaos) has triggered a new incursion, and Clea knows how to stop it, but she needs Strange’s help. Clea’s appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness not only sets up an interesting and powerful alliance for Strange as well as a new romance for him but it also paves the way for Dormammu’s return and the MCU properly exploring the Dark Dimension after only visiting it briefly in Doctor Strange. Clea is one of the most important characters to join the MCU in Phase 4, and she will surely have a bigger role in future movies thanks to her many abilities and her connection to Dormammu.
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