Who is the mysterious woman played by superstar Charlize Theron at the end of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness? And why is there more than a little gag behind the second scene of the end credits of “Doctor Strange 2”. We explain it to you.
As we now know from Marvel, “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness” also features end credits scenes. Many fans should of course focus on the first, the so-called mid-credit scene. Because here appears a completely new heroine, who will most likely play an important role in the MCU in the future. But the second end credits scene also has some great references to offer. But let’s start with the first scene, with Charlize Theron.
Charlize Theron in “Doctor Strange 2”: Here is the mysterious woman in purple
At the end of Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, a portal opens through which a woman dressed in purple, played by superstar Charlize Theron, walks. She explains to the bewildered Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) that he caused an incursion and now is the time to fix it. Then the two go together through the previously opened portal with a sword away from our world into another, which we can take a quick look at. But who is this woman? What does she mean by incursion? And where are they both going?
Charlize Theron as New Clea in the MCU: The Mysterious Woman in Purple is a very well-known Marvel comic book character finally settling into the MCU: in the models, Clea is Doctor Strange’s great love interest and the two even get married. She is the Sorceress Supreme of the Dark Dimension and the daughter of the magical being Umar, who in turn is the sister of an old acquaintance: Dormammu from “Doctor Strange”.
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Return to the Dark Dimension: Your performance could thus build a bridge towards the end of “Doctor Strange”. This is where Strange meets Dormammu, Clea’s uncle, in the Dark Dimension. And if you pay attention, you should discover the dark dimension at the end of “Doctor Strange 2”. At least the world Clea and Strange enter looks suspiciously like this. We do not yet know when we will see Cléa again. But there’s plenty to suggest the scene is a teaser for a possible Doctor Strange 3 with her in a major role.
Here is the object of the incursion: But then, it shouldn’t just be about bringing Dormammu back. Clea ends up hinting that bigger problems are waiting for a solution. Eventually, Strange provoked an incursion. She alludes to the fact that he used the Dreamwalker ability to possess a corpse from another universe. We learn beforehand that this ability is dangerous and can lead to different universes colliding.
Much more about Clea, her comedic journey – but also other very interesting aspects of ‘Doctor Strange 2’ like the future of Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), the Illuminati with all the cameos and the third Accessory, you can get Eye of Strange in the current video from our Marvel expert Sebastian. Meanwhile, the text continues here with the second scene of the end credits…
The pizza seller – more than just a gag
The final credits scene then takes us back to the pizza vendor in the multiverse visited by Doctor Strange and America Chavez. We remember: In order to keep the street vendor demanding payment at bay, Strange cast a spell on him that caused him to kick himself for three weeks. Now we see how the one clearly marked by the beating with himself pizza poppa finally done with this. Of course, it’s a gag that he really fought on the streets for three weeks. But there’s more to it than that, as his words and the actor and even the self-beat are other insider references.
Breaking the 4th wall: “It’s over!”, “It’s over!” explains the pizza vendor, who primarily refers to his ordeal. But he is looking directly at the camera, looking at us, the audience. Because it speaks to us too. The fact that it’s over also refers to the film. So, like Deadpool, he breaks the fourth wall to speak to the public and tell us we can go home now.
The role is played by Bruce Campbell: It is no coincidence that we see Bruce Campbell in this role of pizza seller. Campbell is an old pal of director Sam Raimi. They met at school and started making movies together. This eventually resulted in Raimi’s The Devil’s Dance, starring Campbell. The cult horror film was followed by the sequels “Tanz der Teufel II” and “Army of Darkness”. Ash Williams, played by Campbell, has even been adapted into Marvel comics and fought alongside heroes like Spider-Man and Doctor Strange in the “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness” comic.
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Additionally, Bruce Campbell regularly makes appearances in other Sam Raimi films. Campbell starred in all three of the director’s Spider-Man films, starring Tobey Maguire – each in a different role, each with different jobs. The fact that he now has another job is also a reference to this.
Fight – another insider: Another Raimi insider who also fits perfectly in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is Campbell fighting as a dealer in Pizza Balls. Because a trademark of Raimi is that the characters like to fight against themselves. In the “Dance of the Devil” trilogy, the mentioned Ash has to fight several times. And in “Doctor Strange 2”, the title hero fights against himself, among other things, because an important part of the confrontation is a fight against another variant of himself.
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