Just when fans thought Benedict Cumberbatch’s wizard had settled the Multiversal madness in his latest adventure, a new MCU player appeared out of nowhere, Clea.
According to her, Strange had caused an incursion (a threat to end the universe), and she needed his help to stop it.
In the comics, the character is a powerful sorceress who shares a long history with Strange – including being an important partner of Doctor Strange. Clea also happens to be Dormammu’s niece, which is an interesting situation, to say the least.
Charlize Theron’s Clea could have looked completely different
Direct got her hands on it Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Movie Art A book containing 12 rejected designs for the movie Clea, directed by Charlize Theron.
This first alternate interpretation of the character endows him with long, flowing purple clothing, with a cool-looking cape featuring a spherical visual design language.
The next photo features Clea with a lot of head movements and her clothing gives her much wider shoulders.
This rejected design has a mysterious vibe while transferring the spherical imagery to its accessories, like the Clea belt.
Thanks to the streamlined nature (not that it’s completely gone) of the previous designs, this character gave her a more compact costume under her initial drapes – while also giving her no sleeves and some tattoos.
This rejected illustration did away with the flow of the character entirely, giving her an overall less chubby look.
Taking the design from above, another version of this special look has been added on the fun coat, making the outfit look more complete than it did before.
This rejected concept gives Clea a long, vibrant purple dress and a strange veil over half her face.
The following illustration takes a completely different approach, giving Clea the appearance of an obscure religious fanatic.
This design gives a much older Renaissance vibe, and perhaps some charming touches as well.
One of Clea’s more mysterious designs, this concept features the character wearing a veil with a long purple dress.
While it’s difficult to pinpoint the details of this design, it’s undoubtedly stunning concept art for the character and appears to be an exploration of what Clea’s powers look like in action.
Of all the previous imaginings of Clea, this one is easily the most fanciful. She could easily be the queen of a far away, shady land.
At the end of the day, what fans got of Charlize Theron’s Clea design was a more simple, classic superhero look.
When will fans see Theron Clea again?
Given these concepts, many will likely feel like they were robbed compared to what fans actually got Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The alternate designs are infinitely more interesting than the simplistic and generic look that Clea had in the final product.
However, by the time she returns to the screen, Doctor Strange’s new ally will likely get a redesign. Maybe Clea would look better the second time around.
But when exactly will she return to the MCU?
Clea joins characters like Brett Goldstein’s Hercules or Harry Styles’ Eros, whose fans are wondering when they’ll be seen again. In this regard, it appears that Theron’s character may have the upper hand given that she is directly involved with Doctor Strange, one of the biggest players in the MCU.
So, wherever it appears next, you are likely to follow it, be it indoors Doctor Strange 3, Avengers: Kang Dynastyor Secret Wars.
And as of May of this year, Theron herself admitted as much “(Didn’t) receive a call” In order to return to the role. Considering how the SAG-AFTRA strike has been going since July, that probably hasn’t changed — provided the actress tells the truth in the first place.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It’s now streaming on Disney+.
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