Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron has discussed the mid-credits scene’s introduction of Charlize Theron as Clea and what it means for Doctor Strange’s future.
The Doctor Strange sequel saw Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange taversing the Multiverse in his conflict with the Scarlet Witch and ultimately saw him turning to the corrupting power of the Darkhold – the very thing that had led to his alternate selves destroying universes in incursions.
The film ends by suggesting the MCU’s main Doctor Strange, from the 616 universe, may not have escaped his darker double’s fate as a third eye opens in his forehead. A mid-credits scene then sees Charlize Theron’s Clea appearing to tell the sorcerer he has caused an incursion.
Doctor Strange & Clea’s Shared Future
Michael Waldron recently spoke to Vanity Fair about the ending to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and how the decision to introduce Clea in this mid-credits scene was reached.
Waldron revealed that Charlize Theron’s casting as Clea came before the filmmakers really had a plan figured out for her character. However, it is clear that the character is set to serve as an equal and a foil for Strange, potentially going on to become his wife as she does in the comics. Waldron said:
“I think we cast Charlize before we even knew exactly what we were gonna do. Then we settled on our ending of the third eye opening, the bill coming due for Strange, and you get your Sleepaway Camp-esque ending—the oh-my-God ending. I was thrilled to introduce her as Clea. Clea has been Strange’s counterpart in the comics for a long time. She’s an amazing sorcerer. She’s also his great love; she’s his wife at one point.”
Talking about Clea’s place in Doctor Strange’s story, Michael Waldron said that the love story between Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) and Strange had to be concluded before Clea could be introduced.
With the end of Christine’s story in Multiverse of Madness, Doctor Strange arrived at a place where he can “not be afraid to love somebody or let somebody love him,” says Waldron:
“We had to conclude his story with Christine Palmer—Rachel McAdams’s character—first, and at the end of that Strange walks away with this wisdom. He’s been able to face his fears and not be afraid to love somebody or let somebody love him. I think that’s the perfect place for him to be mentally to finally meet Clea, who’s gonna be a really important figure in his life moving forward.”
As Doctor Strange is confronted by the dangers of his meddling with the Multiverse, Clea telling him his own actions have brought about an incursion, this powerful new sorcerer at his side could prove to be a deciding factor in the path he takes going forwards. It sounds like Clea will be shaping Strange’s future in one way or another.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.
Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the Marvel film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, and Patrick Stewart.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is available now on Digital and Disney Plus, and will arrive on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on July 18th. Stay tuned for all the latest news regarding the film, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Vanity Fair