NOTE: This story contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
As a lifelong Marvel Comics reader, I often get a huge boost from post-credits in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Marvel does a great job at introducing new characters and storylines, providing fans with just enough information to get excited and debate about what might be coming to the movies and TV. Thanos ‘revealed in The Avengers made my theater explode with gaping comic book fans at the potential of a Infinity Gauntlet and non-comic fans say, “Who’s that purple guy?”
Since the series was over at this point, people were free to chat about the notes on the credits roll, and I had many conversations with strangers for them to fill in who a character might be or who they might be. Why a particular item might be of importance. It’s an unexpectedly fun part of the Marvel movie experience.
The same thing happened later Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness‘mid-credits aired in my theater. I heard a bunch of people asking their friends and those around them who Charlize Theron’s character was. I’m also a bit confused. I had my doubts, but Theron’s suit didn’t match the vision I had in mind. I think she could be Clea or perhaps another cosmic character that will be in the next Guardians of the Galaxy or Captain Marvel movie. Turns out she was playing Clea. You may not know her now, but she’ll become a household name if she ends up becoming the Sorcerer Supreme. Don’t look surprised. You know Doctor Strange will probably die. Really like to die. Earth-616 version.
As much as we love the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they all have short expiration dates. Iron Man is gone. Black Widow is gone. Captain America is gone. And I hate to say it, but it won’t be long before Thor, Hulk, Doctor Strange, and most of the characters from the first 20 movies are gone too.
These beloved heroes don’t age (much) in the comics and can always revert back to their original youthful form thanks to the progression of the story. That’s not the case with the MCU, and that’s also what makes it so interesting. We have realistic advances in the superhero world, while comics often undo it to establish new points of entry for readers.
So yes, Clea will probably be the new “Stranger”. She currently holds this rank in the manga world in a new series simply titled Strange. It got off to a great start and is the result of equally excellence Doctor Strange’s Death story, where he actually died. He will probably resurrect within a year or two, but for now, we have to see what Clea can do with these powers. I highly recommend running out to her comic book store to pick up the first two issues of this series (the only two issues published while it’s being written) to get to know her better.
So who is she? This is where things get complicated. Clea is an extra-dimensional energy entity and part of the Faltine race. She has strong family ties to the Dark Dimension, and is the daughter of Umar (which makes her Dormammu’s niece). She can take on human form, but can also look like a fire creature. See below:
Clea is a proficient magic user who can bounce between dimensions. She is said to be close to the immortal and also has enhanced powers. While in human form, she ends up learning from Steven, falls in love with him, they get married, and then he dies a… horribly. And that is where we are now. She’s been looking to get him back, but hasn’t had much luck yet.
Clea appeared in her first comic book in 1964 in Marvel’s Strange stories #126. Created by Stan lee and Steve Ditko, she’s been involved in and publishing comic books for decades, but now appears to be serving as a central figure in the main Marvel continuum.
If I had to guess, she’ll be the new Supreme Witch in the MCU within the next four to five years. I think we’ll see their relationship develop in the Doctor Strange sequel, and then he might die in the sequel, which would give her title and power. . It’s likely the two will stick together for a while – that’s great – but as I pointed out, the heroes we love don’t stick around for long. Letting a great actor like Theron take on the role tells me Marvel has big plans for Clea.
Madness’s MultiverseThe mid-credits scene is a bit silly in its setup, as Doctor Strange doesn’t think twice about diving into another dimension, but what it does establish is huge for comics fans, as a character Another great is now part of the MCU.