Warning: This article contains spoilers for the credits scenes of Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” and is intended for those who have seen the film. For less “Strange” spoiler content, check out our review and a world premiere report on the film’s ties to “WandaVision.”
The cameo-heavy “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” features appearances from several characters previously portrayed in live-action Marvel projects over the years, but it also features a new, unknown character during its mid-game scene. credits.
The scene features the good doctor (Benedict Cumberbatch) walking down a New York street before a disembodied voice calls out his name. As he turns around, a woman sporting long white hair and a purple battle suit is revealed, played by Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron. “You’ve caused an incursion and we’ll fix it…unless you’re scared?” she said before opening a portal leading to the dark dimension. Strange, of course, takes the plunge with her.
Before Theron was revealed in the role, there had been fan speculation that ‘Harry Potter‘ alum Emma Watson or ‘Strange’ co-star Rachel McAdams (who plays Dr Christine Palmer in the movie) would play the iconic role. Theron, whose hit credits include “Mad Max: Fury Road” and recent entries in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, was also rumored to be joining the MCU. It headlined “The Old Guard,” inspired by Netflix comics, which is online for a full-fledged sequel.
Theron’s character is Clea, a powerful witch from the Dark Dimension and the niece of Dormammu, its ruler and the villain of the first “Doctor Strange” movie. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Clea was introduced in “Strange Tales #126” (1964). She spent her early years as a captive of Dormammu and her sister Umar, her mother. After being freed by Strange, the two fall in love. love and eventually marry, although the marriage is short-lived.
Clea remains an ally to Strange until his death in 2021’s “The Death of Doctor Strange”, where she succeeds him as Sorcerer Supreme (“Strange” comic book series follows his adventures as a master of the mystical arts ). Clea’s entry into the MCU is likely a major plot element in the inevitable “Doctor Strange” sequel or Marvel Studios branch in which we’ll see him next.
As established earlier in the film, an incursion is a rift in reality in which parallel universes collide. This could mean the MCU is preparing an adaptation of the “Secret Wars” storyline introduced in Jonathan Hickman’s 2015 series. It could also mean that the integration or reboot of previously non-MCU superhero teams like the X-Men and Fantastic 4 is imminent, especially after the cameos of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Mr. Fantastic ( John Krasinsky). (A “Fantastic Four” MCU is officially in development, though it recently lost “Spider-Man” director Jon Watts.)
Either way, the scene marks the second consecutive entry into the MCU to introduce a new character after the film ended, as November’s “Eternals” featured Harry Styles’ Starfox and Mahershala Ali’s Blade (or at least his voice).
There’s also a post-credits scene in “Multiverse,” but it doesn’t seem to tease anything else about the franchise’s future, instead revisiting the street vendor played by director Sam Raimi’s muse and “Evil Dead” star Bruce Campbell to further demonstrate Campbell’s singular skill with physical comedy and end in a gag.
While the film’s credits end with the promise “Doctor Strange will return,” a third film has yet to be announced. Cumberbatch’s Marvel contract has reportedly ended, but it seems likely the actor will renew it and return like Tom Holland did with the “Spider-Man” movies.
Perhaps more will be revealed when Marvel’s next Phase 4 movie, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” drops on July 8.