The latest blockbuster release from Marvel Studios, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has certainly been a crowd puller for moviegoers. Featuring a riveting villain, Multiversal hijinks, and some special appearances from the wider Marvel universe, fans are sure to have fun with the Sam Raimi-directed sequel. In the film’s mid-credits scene, there’s even a special cameo appearance from sorceress Clea, played by fan-favorite Charlize Theron. Clea confronts Doctor Strange about causing a potentially world-destroying Incursion and takes him to the Dark Dimension to clear the glitch.
Now it is believed that Theron’s Clea will play a big part in the sequel to Multiverse of madness† After all, the character has long been Strange’s love interest in the pages of the comic books, and she even becomes the Sorcerer Supreme at one point. The MCU isn’t even close at this point, though, yet the pair of magical users have a lot of work to do in the Dark Dimension.
When Clea appears on the scene, she is decked out in white hair and a striking purple costume. And now fans have a little insight into the design process it took to create the character’s look for the MCU.
A New Look at Charlize Theron’s Clea
John Staub, a concept artist on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness took to Instagram to share a piece meant to represent the final look for Clea in the film. His caption reads:
“Finally approved design from #Clea for #drstrangeinthemultiverseofmadness played by the one and only @charlizeafrica. I loved working on this film under the direction of the amazing @ianjoynerart and loved being able to work on this character”
Check out the concept art below, which depicts the character casting a spell:
Staub shared another photo of the same Clea design and pose, but this one with her wearing a black cape:
Where does Clea and Strange’s journey take them?
Of course, Doctor Strange and Clea traveled straight to the Dark Dimension, where the entity known as Domammu rules. Enthusiasts will remember Dormammu as the evil creature that Strange outwitted in his first solo film in 2016.
If Clea’s story sticks to her comedic background, then she was born in the Dark Dimension as an apprentice to Dormammu. In any case, the Dark Lord will probably be most displeased at the sight of the man who got him on the bad end of a bargain. Strange used the Time Stone in the first movie to create a temporary loop that allowed him to come face to face with Dormammu countless times in a row, even if the entity killed him repeatedly. Eventually, Dormammu grew tired of this little game and Strange actually managed to force an all-powerful interdimensional evil into submission.
As mentioned, Clea and Strange also begin a romantic relationship in the comics. And with Strange now firmly “on the market” after the loss of Christine Palmer, the MCU will likely follow this particular story path.
Fans will have to wait for the continued adventures of Stephen Strange and Clea, but for now, Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness now plays in theaters around the world.