The writer of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Michael Waldron has revealed why a character is introduced in the post-credits scene.
In the post-credits scene, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange comes face to face with Charlize Theron’s Clea. She tells Strange that he has caused an incursion and they have to fix it.
As per Waldron, they knew they wanted to introduce Clea to the MCU. The character is Doctor Strange’s great love interest in the comics. Michael added that he felt Strange wasn’t ready at the beginning of Doctor Strange 2 to meet the love of his life.
He added, “It felt like we had to close the loop with he and Christine Palmer. And so after she gives him her wisdom to not be afraid of loving someone, then it felt like we were right to tease what could be eventually with he and Clea.”
True to the writer’s words, the movie did bring closure to both Stephen and Christine’s love story. The 616 version of Christine married someone else while the 838 version returns to her own universe.
In true MCU fashion, it is uncertain if Clea will return in the next Doctor Strange movie or in the movies leading up to it. However, it seems like Strange and she will have an amazing adventure ahead of them. There is a possibility that Strange will have a grand romance with the character.
Waldron also clarified which version of Professor X was in the Illuminati. He said, “He uses a line from Days of Future Past that he says to Stephen. But also, we drew from the classic cartoon version of that character.”
The writer explained that he is a variant who has qualities of a bunch of different versions of Charles across the multiverse.