Despite his box office success this past November, most people are still relatively unfamiliar with Doctor Strange. This fact is not a bad one, as Doctor Strange, more than most, can prove to be pretty dense material to get through. As such, most casual fans of the material will be unfamiliar with a character named Clea, who has been a student, girlfriend and wife of Doctor Strange.
She is also the niece to Dormammu, lord of the Dark Dimension; the daughter to Umar, who is sister to Dormammu, and has also led the Dark Dimension. Clea herself overthrew Dormammu to inherit the Dark Dimension, which she watches over with compassion, not tyranny.
It is precisely for this reason that she was not in the first film. She’s a tricky character to understand, so throwing her into the first film, where the task of establishing how magic works in the cinematic universe is a trick in and of itself. Trying to bring in an inter-dimensional love interest who looks nothing like her flame-headed uncle would have been too much to juggle.
But now that sorcery and other dimensions have been established, there’s room to bring in Clea. That’s precisely what might happen according to Doctor Strange screenwriter Jon Spaihts. In talking to CBR about his other film, Passengers, he spoke about Clea, saying,
“She’s a tricky character to interpret because her uncle is a kind of fire-headed omnipotent god and she’s kind of a hot babe who studies magic. That’s a tricky relationship to bring out of a comic book and on to a movie screen. But she’s a really compelling character as a foil, a love interest, a colleague of Doctor Strange’s, and she always carries with her that width of mystery as to whether she is human, and how human, and what that means for his relationship to her. So we might find a way to introduce her to the story.”
Spaihts also went on to discuss other possibilities for the sequel and talking about the big villains for that film, saying —
“There’s sort of a zombie apocalypse Shuma-Gorath elder god scenario. There’s a kind of unreliable reality Nightmare movie that could be made. There’s a few great things, and of course Mordo is out there, as embodied by the extraordinary Chiwetel [Ejiofor]. He can come back and bring a world of hurt at any time.”
Why is this exciting?
Shuma-Gorath is a Lord of Chaos who takes joy in destroying entire realities. In the comics, it’s Shuma-Gorath who actually killed the Ancient One. Doctor Strange actually has to become a god in another storyline to defeat him.
Nightmare is a selfish demigod who lords over his own dimension filled with human nightmares who wants nothing more than to enslave all of humanity to live in a state of constant sleep. Both of these villains are Thanos level villains who offer some incredible conflict for Doctor Strange to fight against.
All in all, having either of these two mentioned here, as well as Clea, bodes very well for the sequel.