“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness“is in theaters since Wednesday, May 4, 2022. And the end of the film directed by Sam Raimi already puts in place some elements concerning a hypothetical “Doctor Strange 3”. This is what the film could logically be about.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: focus on the end
Of course, this article contains some SPOILERS regarding the ending of the Sam Raimi movie. You are still here? So let’s go. During the very last moments of the feature film, when the spectators think that Dr. Strange is out of the woods, the latter is suddenly seized with a terrible attack of pain. The hero gets up, and the audience discovers, horrified, that the character has a third eye on the forehead like Dark Strange before it.
Then comes the first post-credits scene. A quick sequence that introduces a brand new character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the person of Clea. The latter, embodied by superstar Charlize Theron could therefore play a central role in a hypothetical Doctor Strange 3. These two elements allow us in any case to have some leads concerning the possible third opus of the saga devoted to the master of the mystical arts.
Doctor Strange 3: our first theories
Let’s talk about the third eye first. If we follow the logic of the MCU so far, the presence of this third eye is not a good sign for Stephen Strange. Even if this appearance is not necessarily a bad omen, as explained herein may nevertheless be a warning about Doctor Strange 3. After all, whether in What If…? or in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Dark Strange is a tormented character, obsessed with the Darkholdand who has generally gone to the dark side.
If we combine this previous Darkhold experience with the repeated warnings of the Illuminati and Christine Palmer in Sam Raimi’s film, this third eye suggests that Strange will eventually go to the dark side strength in the third film. If Marvel Studios decides to go this route, it would be a great way to come full circle on the character and connect his development to that of What If…?.
The return of Dormammu?
As for Cléa, she is a powerful magician who has a close and repeated connection with Dr. Strange in the comics. Created in 1964 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko appears for the first time in Strange Tales #126. This character’s introduction into the MCU paves the way for several elements concerning Doctor Strange 3. The first and not the least suggests a return of Dormammu. Indeed, the cosmic being who appears at the end of the first Doctor Strange is Cléa’s uncle in the comics. Originally, Clea is the daughter of Prince Orini and Dormammu’s sister Umar. The rightful heir to the Dark Dimension, where Dormammu lives, she gets double-crossed by her uncle. The latter becomes the king of this famous dimension, which can be seen in the first Doctor Strange. As an adult, Cléa asks Strange for help to overthrow his uncle.
Thus, the presence of Cléa in the post-credits scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness should logically lead to a return of the mighty Dormammu. An underemployed character in the first installment of the saga. The two wizards, who already seem to know each other in Sam Raimi’s film, will therefore perhaps join forces to fight the king of the Dark Dimension, who can be seen through the portal created by Cléa.
A new romance?
You should also know that Dr. Strange and Cléa have an ambiguous friendship/romance relationship. The two wizards feel a form of interest in each other. As often with Strange, the former Sorcerer Supreme suppresses his emotions so as not to deviate from his main task: to protect reality. The two characters even more or less got married, but their union didn’t last very long. Since Christine Palmer is out of the race and found love in the arms of another man than Stephen Strange, Cléa could become the new love interest of the protagonist.
This new heroine also suggests that she could be the MCU’s next Sorceress Supreme. Indeed, in the comics, she takes the place of Dr. Strange when the latter dies. However, in the MCU, she’s not the only one vying for that title. Young America Chavez and Ned Leeds also have predispositions to this position. A state of affairs which could therefore suggest the death of either Dr. Strange or Wong who is the new Sorcerer Supreme of…