Warning: This article contains spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
A behind-the-scenes video for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness reveals a new look at Charlize Theron's Clea. Theron appears in the mid-credits scene of Doctor Strange 2, making her MCU debut as Clea, who has been a staple character in the comics since her introduction in 1964 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Clea is known as "The Mistress of the Dark Dimension," who teams up with Strange, eventually becoming his lover and wife.
Clea's appearance was rumored ever since Doctor Strange 2 was announced, as comic fans are aware of her significance in his comic history. The character was featured only one other time in live-action, appearing in the 1978 Doctor Strange film, played by actress Eddie Benton. Clea has otherwise been absent from Marvel-related projects outside of the comic-book page, showing up in a few video games and in an episode of the X-Men animated series.
In a Twitter post from Theron, Clea's look and costume can be seen up close, giving fans a better look at her intricate costume and make-up for her brief appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Theron labeled the post "Sneaky peaky BTS" and has been sharing tidbits of her new role across social media since the film debuted in theaters. Take a look at Theron's post below:
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There are a few "casting-announcement" appearances in Doctor Strange 2, notably that of Clea and John Krasinski's Reed Richards, which is a fairly non-traditional method for Marvel Studios. The end of Doctor Strange 2 has Strange and Clea jumping into another dimension together, which is likely to be a lead-in to whatever adventures Doctor Strange may have in future films or crossovers. Recently, Cumberbatch said that he plans on sticking with the character for a long time as he's not tired of the role and hopes to have many more adventures playing Doctor Strange in the future.
Having these in-movie casting announcements is actually a welcome shift from a standard press blast, as it gives more weight to the appearance and more surprise for the audience, so long as it's not spoiled beforehand. While sometimes it may be difficult to keep under wraps, Marvel has gotten better and better throughout the years at keeping a lid on things, even if people on social media always seem to find a way to spoil things. Of course, once a movie is released in theaters and has a weekend to be seen by audiences, the casting cat is out of the bag, and it's fair game for the world to discuss, which Theron has taken to heart as she continues to show her pride in nabbing one of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' best appearances.
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