This year’s “Doctor Strange” film boasted various references and tie-ins to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with exploring elements of the comic title’s lore from the multiple universes to characters like Kaecilius, Bardon Mordo and Dormammu.
But one character that didn’t score a single mention was Clea, the most famous love interest of the Stephen Strange character. In an interview with CBR this week, screenwriter Jon Spaihts suggests if a direct sequel to ‘Strange’ were to go ahead then we’ll likely see her in it and explained why she wasn’t included in the first instalment:
“She’s a tricky character to interpret because her uncle is a kind of fire-headed omnipotent god and she’s kind of a hot babe who studies magic. That’s a tricky relationship to bring out of a comic book and on to a movie screen.
But she’s a really compelling character as a foil, a love interest, a colleague of Doctor Strange’s, and she always carries with her that width of mystery as to whether she is human, and how human, and what that means for his relationship to her. So we might find a way to introduce her to the story.”
Spaihts also agrees with comments made by director Scott Derrickson that Nightmare would be a worthy villain for the sequel:
“[Nightmare is] one of the big ones, yes, absolutely! There’s sort of a zombie apocalypse Shuma-Gorath elder god scenario. There’s a kind of unreliable reality Nightmare movie that could be made. There’s a few great things, and of course Mordo is out there, as embodied by the extraordinary Chiwetel [Ejiofor]. He can come back and bring a world of hurt at any time.”
At present, Marvel Studios has no plans for a direct “Doctor Strange” sequel.