Doctor Strange 2 Credit scene spoilers follow.
The mid-credit scene in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness introduced a new character, setting up some exciting things for Steven Strange.
Screenwriter Michael Waldron explained why they only just included what could be a major character for the MCU.
Played by Charlize Theron, whose casting had been kept secret, Clea makes her screen appearance after Strange and Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams) move on with their lives.
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In the scene in question, Benedict Cumberbatch’s wizard is walking around when he is interrupted by a mysterious character.
She invites Strange on a mission “unless you’re scared”, with the hero quickly jumping at the chance, revealing a third eye after using the Darkhold to save the day.
“We always knew we wanted to introduce Clea, who in the comics is you might say Doctor Strange’s great love interest, but in many ways is really his formidable equal as a wizard herself,” said said Waldron, addressing DeadlineHero Nation podcast.
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“Her story is fascinating. She’s the niece of Dormammu, the giant floating head from the first movie,” Waldron continued.
“And so they have a lot of great adventures in the comics, and we knew we wanted to feature her, but it felt like we had to close the book to some degree on her romance with Christine Palmer, the character by Rachel McAdams.”
Sam Raimi’s film kicks off with Steven attending Christine’s wedding. During the reception, the pair alluded to their past relationship issues and the Blip, which ultimately kept the former couple from maintaining a connection for five years.
As events unfold, Strange’s little stroll through the multiverse with America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) brings him to an alternate reality where he meets this Christine. Having not had the closure he needed with Christine from this reality, Strange tells her he loves her and accepts that he needs to move on.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has now been released in UK and US cinemas.
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