The prohibition on revealing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness spoilers and information wasn’t long, with Charlize Theron relenting after less than a week to post the first image of Clea, her 6.9 million Instagram followers, days after acknowledging that the cat was out of the bag.
Meet Clea. pic.twitter.com/l3U7UNMo5g
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) May 10, 2022
Despite the fact that it was undeniably thrilling to see Academy Award-winning producer and proven action star Tilda Swinton make her MCU debut, the cameo felt a little tacked-on. If you were unfamiliar with comic book lore, you wouldn’t have known that Theron was playing Stephen Strange’s long-time friend, frequent lover, and occasional adversary until it was listed as such in the credits.
It’s another example of the “here’s an A-lister we’re saving for later” attitude that has sullied many a stinger, but fans don’t care now that they know Clea is on her way to making a major impact in the mystical side of mythology moving forward, as you can see from the reactions below.
MADAM CLEA! HECK YES! https://t.co/AhgI2sq75P
— ItsJstFei (@ItsJstFei) May 11, 2022
— Ａｌｏｎｅｂｏｙᱬ (@ItzVarun_____) May 11, 2022
— thelostsmiles | Phil Burbank’s scarf (@SmilingBenedict) May 10, 2022
— thee bad guy (@thescarletprint) May 10, 2022
Given that Multiverse of Madness has already broken the $500 million box office barrier in less than a week, confirmation of Doctor Strange 3 is almost certainly forthcoming. Let’s hope it doesn’t take anywhere near as long as the five and a half years between Scott Derrickson’s debut and Sam Raimi’s sequel, by which time Benedict Cumberbatch and Theron would both be in their 50s.