Cookies help us deliver our Services. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Clea's Powers In The Marvel Universe Explained

The time of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" Is drawing near, and every new revelation about the movie's multiversal themes — which, of course, are right there in the title — stirs the pot. The trailers for the "Doctor Strange" sequel have already revealed multiple Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) variants, and there are plenty of whispers about the movie's true villain ... and even the mysterious superhero organization known as the Illuminati.

These, in other words, are times of speculation and potential spoilers. If you risk your unspoiled eyes by venturing into the depths of Twitter in these trying times, you might very well encounter mentions of a strange, white-haired lady called Clea in association with all things Doctor Strange. As it happens, Clea does have a pretty clear connection to the magician in the comics ... but what is she all about, and what exactly are her powers?

Clea is a powerful energy being and a Sorcerer Supreme

Clea is an extradimensional energy being from the Dark Dimension who becomes fascinated with Doctor Strange, and after an apprenticeship-turned-relationship between the two, they actually get married(ish). When Strange dies in the comics, she even ends up taking over as the Sorcerer Supreme. Oh, and as it happens, she's also the niece of Doctor Strange's most dangerous enemies, Dormammu — yep, the villainous entity from the first "Doctor Strange" movie. 

The whole thing is precisely as convoluted as you'd expect from a juicy comic book plot that's been running on and off since Clea's debut in 1964. Her power levels, too, have fluctuated wildly over the years, from virtually powerless to a borderline Dormammu-level threat. However, because she's trained by Stephen Strange, she has fairly similar magical abilities as he does, as reflected by her own Sorcerer Supreme status later in the game. In addition to this, Clea a Faltinian, which means that like her uncle Dormammu and her mother, Umar, she's essentially comprised of magical energy — which gives her far more strength, resilience, and magical punch than your average human can hope to have. She's also far, far older than her youthful appearance would suggest. 

Clea is a fairly prominent figure in Doctor Strange's comic book adventures, and despite the fact that the MCU Strange focuses every drop of his romantic affection on Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), it's not exactly a surprise that Clea's name has been popping up as of late. After all, it's a mad old multiverse, and all sorts of folks might turn up. 

"Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" premieres in theaters on May 6.