8 Things Only Comic Fans Know About Doctor Strange’s Clea

The mid-credits scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness presents a mysterious woman telling Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, “You caused an incursion, and we’re going to fix it.” This may have perplexed casual MCU audiences, but fans of the comics knew exactly who this mystery woman was.

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Doctor Strange comic fans were excited to see the introduction of Clea to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress portraying Clea, Charlize Theron, confirmed this in a social media post, giving fans a first look with the caption “Meet Clea.” With a rich comic history, Clea is a character who spells big things for the MCU’s future.

8 Clea Is Dormammu’s Niece

Clea is the daughter of Orini, son of the former ruler of the Dark Dimension, and Umar, Dormammu’s sister. Clea first encounters Doctor Strange when he travels to the Dark Dimension to stop Dormammu’s plan to conquer Earth. Clea is fascinated with Strange and tries to persuade him not to fight her uncle de ella, fearing Strange would lose.

Dormammu imprisons Clea for helping Strange, with plans to punish her after he defeats the Sorcerer. However, Strange and Dormammu team up to defeat The Mindless Ones after escaping. In Strange’s debt, Dormammu halts plans to invade Earth and frees Clea upon Stephen’s request.

7 Doctor Strange Trained Her In The Mystic Arts

Dormammu has a clash with Eternity that leaves the Dark Dimension without a ruler. Clea’s mother, Umar, is released from her exile to rule over the Dark Dimension, but she proves to be just as ruthless as her brother. She casts her daughter into another dimension, hoping to snare Doctor Strange in a trap.

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Strange saves Clea and brings her to Earth with him, where he believes she will be safe from her cruel family and their politics. On Earth, she is powerless and homesick; Strange decides to train her in her the Mystic Arts and makes her his official disciple of her, just as he was a disciple of the Ancient One.

6 Clea’s Powers

When Clea is briefly introduced during the mid-credits scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, she creates a portal to the Dark Dimension with little to no effort. An impressive act, but fans of the Doctor Strange comics already know just how powerful and talented Clea is.

During her apprenticeship under Strange, she becomes highly skilled in the Mystic Arts, and when combined with her natural-born abilities, Clea is a force to reckon with. Her de ella Dark Dimension heritage gives her the ability to hover and fly and summon the Flame of Faltine at will; an act Doctor Strange has to use magic to conjure. Clea’s sorcery matches Strange’s from her in astral projection, energy shields, magical energy bolts, and spellwork. Clea is also a powerful telepathist, with the ability to plant thoughts into the minds of others and communicate with Strange.

5 Ruler Of The Dark Dimension

Clea discovers that the people of her home dimension want her to return and help them dethrone the current ruler, her mother, Umar. With assistance from Doctor Strange, Clea defeats her parents de ella, Umar and Orini, and becomes the new ruler of the Dark Dimension. Because of her powerful abilities in the Mystic Arts, Clea also gains the title Sorceress Supreme of the Dark Dimension.

Personal matters between Clea and Strange are complicated at this time, however, she still asks that he stay and rule alongside her – an offer he declines. Clea and Strange are soon reunited when Dormammu tries to dethrone Clea to regain the rule of the Dark Dimension.

4 The Power Couple: Clea And Doctor Strange

The hype around Clea’s introduction to the MCU is easy to understand, given the vital role she plays in Stephen Strange’s life; she is not just a powerful ally but his wife. After a period of separation, Strange confesses his feelings from him to Clea, and the two perform a marriage of sorts.

The couple cannot legally marry because Clea is a being from another dimension; instead, they exchange vows and bond their souls together. Their wedding rings are called the “Two Rings That Are One” to symbolize their close bond. Eventually, the responsibilities of their home dimensions drive a wedge between them, leading to an end to their romantic relationship, instead choosing to remain soul bonded, but just friends.

3 Clea’s Multiverse Variants

With the introduction of the Multiverse in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, casual MCU fans are discovering something comic fans have known for a while: the existence of multiverse variants, of which, Clea is no exception.

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the 1602 universe is set in the 17th century, where Clea is a powerful magician married to Stephen Strange. Stephen makes her swear not to get involved when he is captured by King James, allowing him to be executed, keeping her promise to her. However, in EarthX, she and Doctor Strange are lovers turned enemies, and a deadly fight between them ends with Strange dead and Clea as the new Sorcerer Supreme.

two Her Lost Memories

In Doctor Strange (2018) #17, Doctor Strange is given no choice but to ask for help from Marvel’s devil, Mephisto, in order to save the universe from Galactus. After Galactus is defeated and the universe set back to its previous state, Mephisto comes to collect on the debt Strange owes him; the price is Clea’s memories of Doctor Strange.

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Rather than have Mephisto carry this out, Strange performs the memory wipe on Clea himself. This painful act further crushes Strange when moments before he casts the spell, Clea expresses interest in giving their romantic relationship another chance. However, the memory wipe works, and Clea forgets ever knowing or loving Doctor Strange.

one Earth’s New Sorcerer Supreme, Clea Strange

The most recent Doctor Strange comics have Clea now reigning as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. in the Death Of Doctor Strange storyline, Strange is murdered; this breaks Mephisto’s deal, and Clea’s memories are restored. She is able to create a Temporary Remnant of Doctor Strange to help her solve his murder of him.

Before Strange is taken away by Death for good, he gives Clea the Eye of Agamotto, Cloak of Levitation, and the Sorcerer Supreme title. Clea takes up residence in the Sanctum Sanctorum as Earth’s new Sorcerer Supreme and begins referring to herself as Clea Strange in memory of Stephen. In stranger #1, Clea, debuting as Sorcerer Supreme, tries to find a way to bring Strange back from the dead while she defends Earth from mystical threats.


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