MAJOR SPOILERS for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Consider yourself warned. The Doctor Strange sequel has been playing in theaters for several weeks, but if you haven’t yet been spoiled about the character introduced in the mid-credits scene, I’ll make you scroll down for the juicy bits.
The mid-credits scene in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced Charlize Theron as Clea, a powerful sorceress who comes to Earth to enlist the aid of Doctor Strange. While speaking with Marvel.com, Doctor Strange sequel writer Michael Waldron said they were “really excited” to finally introduce Clea.
Getting Charlize Theron to play that character, holy crap! In the comics, Clea is Doctor Strange’s great love so to speak. The alternate Christine Palmer, as she says goodbye to our Doctor Strange, tells him to face his fears, to be willing to love someone else and to face that fear connecting with someone else.
Michael Waldron added that this “felt like the perfect time to finally introduce this very pivotal character in Doctor Strange’s canon.” As for what’s next for Clea in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Waldron teased that “Strange went to the Multiverse and tampered with it as much as you probably possibly could. I don’t think it’s any surprise per the rules that Reed [Richards] laid out that he caused an Incursion. So now there’s an oncoming collision of universes. But what does that mean for the MCU? We’ll find out. But we’ve got a semi-corrupted Doctor Strange and Clea on the case! So it’s going to be a lot of fun.” It remains to be seen just when we’ll see Clea again, but you don’t hire someone like Charlize Theron and not use her.