Who Was the Woman at the End of 'Doctor Strange 2'? Charlize Theron's Clea Explained

Charlize Theron made a surprise appearance in the first post-credit scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as Clea.

The character could have major implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and the cameo marked Theron's debut in the franchise.

Here is everything you need to know about Theron's character and what she could mean for the MCU.

**Warning: This article contains some spoilers for 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'**

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Charlize Theron, left, at the 37th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival at Arlington Theatre on March 04, 2022. Benedict Cumberbatch, right, in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Theron has joined the MCU as Clea and made her debut in the sorcerer's solo sequel. Getty Images for SBIFF/Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved./Marvel / Tibrina Hobson/Getty

Who Was the Woman at the End of 'Doctor Strange 2'? Charlize Theron's Clea Explained

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' first post-credit scene opens with Benedict Cumberbatch's hero walking down the street, at which point he is met by Theron's Clea.

Clea tells Doctor Strange that he caused an incursion by traveling through the multiverse with America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) during the course of the movie and has to come with her.

She opens a portal into what appears to be the Dark Realm and Doctor Strange prepares himself for battle alongside her.

As he prepares to fight, Doctor Strange looks at Clea and his third eye opens, a new feature to his magic after he used the Darkhold to dreamwalk and help Chavez beat Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen).

Clea first appeared in the Marvel Comics in 1964 in "Strange Tales" #126. She is a powerful sorcerer who is an avid follower of Dormammu—a villain Doctor Strange faced in the Dark Dimension his first solo movie.

In the comics, Clea first sees Doctor Strange during his encounter with Dormammu as she watches him from the sidelines and tries to help him, an act that leads to her brief imprisonment by the inter-dimensional entity.

Of course, Clea does not appear in the first Doctor Strange movie so it is unclear how she first came to know of the sorcerer.

Clea has the ability to hop between dimensions, as shown in the post-credit scene, and in the comics she becomes the ruler of the Dark Dimension after battling her parents Umar and Orini.

The character may well be the new leader of the Dark Dimension in the MCU, which would explain why she arrived on Earth to demand Doctor Strange go there with her.

Doctor Strange and Clea also begin a relationship in the Marvel comics, going so far as to wear magical rings to mark their bond for all eternity even if the marriage is not official.

Given Cumberbatch's hero is still in love with Dr. Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), it's unclear if this romantic story line with Clea will ever pan out in the MCU, but never say never.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is out in theaters now.