ATTENTION: This article contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness!
Michael Waldron, the writer behind it Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, anticipates the potential new love interest for protagonist Benedict Cumberbatch in the future. The highly anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe film hit theaters this weekend with a generally positive response from critics and audiences. Continuing the exploration of the multiverse of previous titles such as Vision of Wanda, What happens if…? And Spider-Man: No homecomingThe new film sees Stephen Strange on a mission to protect American Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) from Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), who wants to harness his power.
Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madnessThe credits scene contained one of the film’s most shocking surprise appearances. The titular wizard is seen casually walking down the street when he is suddenly approached by a witch in a purple costume, played by famous action star Charlize Theron. She warns Strange that her actions have caused a multiversal foray that she must help stop, opening a portal to the Dark Dimension – the realm of Dormammu, as previously seen in the first Doctor Strange movie in 2016. This new sorceress is Clea, who is known in Marvel Comics as a student, lover and eventual wife of Doctor Strange.
In an interview on Deadlinefrom the Hero Nation podcast (reported by The direct), Waldron talked about introducing this new character into the life of the MCU and Doctor Strange. He stated that Clea was still the plan and described her bond with Dormammu. He went on to explain that in order for her to be adequately portrayed as Strange’s true love interest as in the comics, her relationship with Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) had to be resolved. He concluded by explaining how, after the events of Multiverse of madnessStrange reflects on Palmer’s advice for “be open to the idea of loving someone“, Bringing the opportune time to come for Clea. Read Waldron’s full quotes below:
“We always knew we wanted to introduce Clea, who in the comics is one could say the great love of Doctor Strange, but in reality in many ways she is formidable the same as a magician herself. Her story is fascinating, she is Dormammu’s niece, the giant floating head from the first film.
“They have a lot of great adventures in the comics and we knew we wanted to portray them, but we felt we had to close the book to some degree about his romance with Christine Palmer, the character of Rachel. McAdams.”
“So you know Dr. Strange hears this wisdom from Christine to face your fears and be open to loving someone and then Clea comes along and I guess we’ll see what happens between them.”
At the end of Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, Stephen Strange is still considered one of the most important characters in the MCU, so it’s no surprise that the credits scene created a direct sequel. It is too early to say when strange doctor 3 will be released or if Clea will appear in a Marvel project before then. However, given Clea’s status in the Marvel comics, Theron will likely play a major role in the MCU in the future. It seems likely that Clea and Doctor Strange will eventually have a romantic relationship, and after a while Theron might even replace Cumberbatch as Earth’s protector if the time comes to kill Stephen.
The introduction of Theron as Clea in this credits scene left open a multiverse of potential for Doctor Strange’s future in the MCU. Seeing as she is known for being a huge action movie star with films like Atomic blonde, Mad Max: Fury Road And The old guard, it was really only a matter of time before he entered the world of comic books. With such an intriguing character, one can only wonder what she will bring to screen as Clea. As for Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madnessthe new Marvel adventure is now in cinemas around the world.
Source: GameSpot’s Hero Nation (via The Direct)
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