hit theatres earlier this month and sent the ‘s charmingly grumpy sorcerer on an adventure that spans multiple realities. It brings director back to Marvel for the first time since and leans hard into his signature horror style, with one of the two post-credits scenes riffing on a moment from early in his career.
The movie takes place after the events of, which saw Strange offering Peter Parker as the teen dealt with the entire world .
Let’s step into a portal and explore a universe full of SPOILERS. We also have a separate ending explainer, a and a the movie left us with.
In a mid-credits scene, Strange is happily strolling through Manhattan’s streets, having seemingly accepted the corruption caused by his use of the Darkhold. He’s intercepted by a blonde sorcerer in a purple and pink costume (Charlize Theron). She opens a portal to the Dark Dimension, the hellish reality ruled by 2016 Doctor Strange big bad Dormammu.
“You created an incursion and we’re gonna fix it… unless you’re afraid?” she says.
“Not in the least,” he responds, his Darkhold-induced third eye-opening.
What does it mean?
She isn’t named until the credits start rolling after this scene, but Theron’s character is Clea — a Dark Dimension magic wielder who’s been in the comics.
She’s the daughter of Dormammu’s sister Umar and Dark Dimension Prince Orini and became fascinated by Strange during one of his early adventures in that reality. Their paths have crossed many times since, with Clea becoming Strange’s student and later his wife.
Following the events of 2021’s(you can imagine the premise), Clea replaced Strange as . Stephen will undoubtedly be resurrected and return to the role soon though since status quo shifts like this seldom last long in the comics.
You might have been too busy reeling or screaming with joy when(John Krasinski) explained what incursions were earlier in the movie, but they’re catastrophic events that occur when a multiversal reality crashes into another. In the comics, this happened in the .