Doctor Strange is one of the most famous wizards of the Marvel comics, and is currently one of the most important characters in the MCU. Marvel Studios producer Richie Palmer once called this the most powerful character in this cinematic universe (along with Wanda Maximoff).
A strong superhero needs worthy opponents, and Stephen Strange is no exception. While waiting for the main antagonist of the blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to officially appear on the big screen on May 4, let’s take a look at the biggest villains that Ultimate Wizards have. confronted in the pages of Marvel comics.
Kaecilius is the main antagonist in the blockbuster Doctor Strange (2016), played by star Mads Mikkelsen, and the first major rival Stephen has to face when he first becomes a magician. This villain first appeared in the chapter Strange Tales #130 (1964), when he acted as an anonymous henchman for Baron Mordo to kidnap the Ancient One.
However, it was not until earlier this year, when returning in the series The Death of Doctor Strange, that Kaecilius really became a terrifying villain, enhanced in both strength and role. In this series, he is recruited by a group of villains to kill Strange and destroy the barrier that protects the Earth from evil forces.
Kaecilius succeeded in his plan, killing Strange, stealing his soul (and hand), and placing all the blame on Mordo. Although after all, he still had to accept defeat and a miserable end, but this can be considered a much more resounding victory than what Strange’s other enemies have achieved.
Kaluu was once a close friend of the Ancient One, and also a powerful magician with a passion for discovering supernatural secrets to bring prosperity and lasting happiness to his race. . However, compared to the ancient venerable, Kaluu has a bigger ambition. He hypnotized everyone at Kamar-Taj, declared himself king, and began conquering the neighboring villages. That forced the Ancient Venerable to take action to stop him and send him to another dimension.
Centuries later, Kaluu suddenly returned and immediately became one of the greatest rivals of Stephen Strange – a disciple of his old best friend. Kaluu can use an impressive variety of spells, from hypnosis to necromancy. He even taught Strange “magic” in Strange Tales Vol. 2.
Morgan le Fay
Morgan le Fay is Doctor Doom’s ex-lover, as well as a rival to the Avengers, Spider-Woman, and especially Doctor Strange. In The Avengers #241, she even calls herself “the supreme being in the arts of magic”, and goes on to declare Strange as her arch-nemesis.
Based on the character of the same name in the legend of King Arthur, Morgan le Fay was taught magic by Merlin to take the throne of England from Arthur himself. During this time, she gathered all the sins of the Ancient God Chthon and compiled them into the Darkhold magic book – the source of so much trouble for Earth’s superheroes. Morgan le Fay also faced Strange a few times, but often ended with a catastrophic failure.
Baron Mordo is arguably Doctor Strange’s most famous enemy, first appearing in Strange Tales #111 (1963). Mordo is a powerful, seasoned magician, and was once a disciple of the Ancient One. He once planned to kill his master, but was discovered and stopped in time by Strange. The feud between these two characters also started from there and lasted for decades.
In the “journey” to destroy Doctor Strange, Mordo has committed too many different crimes, even collaborating with super villains like Dormammu, Mephisto or Hydra Supreme. Once a good disciple of the Ancient One, he mastered many types of magic such as flash, manipulating and projecting thrust energy, and creating illusions.
Besides his brother Thor, Loki also constantly troubles Doctor Strange in the pages of Marvel. In Strange Tales #123, Asgard’s deceitful god used to manipulate Strange to steal Mjolnir’s hammer. Even when awakened, the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth is completely under Loki, and must rely on Thor’s help to escape. Strange admitted he had “never felt this close to failure”.
Since then, Strange and Loki have clashed repeatedly, but have also sometimes become reluctant allies. In Doctor Strange #381, Loki even stole the title of Ultimate Wizard, forcing Strange to come out and fight. And luckily, this time he won.
Dweller-in-Darkness is one of the entities that call themselves Fear Lords, regularly “eating” the fear of others to increase their own power. In Doctor Strange Vol.2 #30, he used his avatar to kidnap Strange and lure his lover, Clea, into the sewers of New York City. Although the two managed to escape, the process inadvertently freed the Dweller-in-Darkness from the ancient curse that sealed him.
Since then, the Dweller-in-Darkness has regarded Strange as one of his greatest enemies, and has continually sought to destroy him. In Doctor Strange Vol. 2 #37, he succeeded in instilling fear and doubt in Strange’s mind, and ultimately defeating the superhero.
Nightmare was also a member of the Fear Lords, and was Strange’s first enemy in the comics. In Strange Tales #110 (1963), Nightmare once trapped the soul of the Ultimate Witch in the Dream Dimension – also where he ruled and attained his maximum power. Here, he can search for prey, disturb, torture their dreams.
Nightmare has encountered many times with Doctor Strange in the original, and is almost an immortal entity, because if humans still dream, he will still exist. Many theories suggest that this villain will be the main antagonist in the upcoming blockbuster Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Although not as famous as his older brother Dormammu, Umar has also been one of Doctor Strange’s biggest opponents for many years. Umar used to conquer the Dark Dimension with Dormammu, only to be sealed by her brother in another mini dimension.
After Eternity defeated Dormammu, Umar was unwittingly freed, took the throne of the Dark Dimension and set out to find a way to destroy Doctor Strange. In Strange Tales #152, the Sorcerer Supreme struggled to stay alive and escape a hand-to-hand battle with Umar. Four chapters later, he even has to summon another terrifying entity to stop her plot to invade Earth.
Besides demons such as Mephisto, Hela, Beelzeboul, Lucifer and Thog, Satannish the Supreme is also a powerful Hell-Lord, and one of the versions of Satan in many cultures of mankind. . He is a product created by Dormammu to infiltrate and gain dominion over the kingdoms of other Hell-Lords.
First appearing in Doctor Strange #174, Satannish took on the identity of the secret owner of Lord Nekron – a powerful magician who sold his soul in exchange for strength. Nekron then planned to trick Strange into becoming his replacement, but failed. However, it should be emphasized that Strange can only defeat Nekron, while Satannish is a completely different story, and an opponent that is difficult for anyone to fight alone.
Mephisto is one of Marvel’s most famous villains, appearing since the late 60s and is the sworn enemy of many superheroes such as Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, Thor, Fantastic Four, and of course. including Doctor Strange.
In the journey to enslave the souls of mankind, Mephisto has encountered many times with the Sorcerer Supreme of the Earth. very fiery battles. In the more modern series, these two characters turn to more wits, even gambling with each other to decide the fate of the souls of the people in Las Vegas.
However, this does not mean that Mephisto cannot defeat Strange with magic. Strange simply wants to defeat the enemy with his own strength – betting with the destiny of the human soul. Besides, the fact that Strange was able to escape from Mephisto and still preserve his soul, is also a very respectable achievement.
Described by Marvel as “one of the most evil forces in the universe”, it would be no exaggeration to say that Dormammu is Doctor Strange’s greatest enemy. When he first appeared in Strange Tales #126-7, Strange was quickly overwhelmed by the power of the Dark Dimension Lord, and was only able to escape when the two had to reluctantly cooperate to stop the Mindless Ones. .
Dormammu’s strength cannot be measured in the usual way. As the creator of Satannish, he was clearly superior to the Hell-Lords. In addition, Dormammu is also the rival of Agamotto, who once fought the “planet eater” Galactus. His power is so great that even a cosmic energy entity like Eternity has had to give in.
Cthon is a member of the Elder Gods race, ancient gods created by Demiurge on Earth many years ago. He is the first master of dark magic on the planet, and is also the inspiration for the forbidden book Darkhold. To create this book, Chthon has repeatedly committed barbaric crimes, pushing humanity into a miserable situation.
Although Chthon is more related to Wanda Maximoff’s story, he is also a major rival to Doctor Strange. As Earth’s Ultimate Sorcerer, Strange often had to stop the reincarnation of this ancient evil god. However, in the Marvel universe, the only person who has ever directly confronted Chthon’s complete form is Wanda.
Shuma-Gorath, also known as the Great Old One, is a terrifying monster that ruled the Earth millions of years ago. Although it was banished to another dimension by a mage named Sise-Neg, it always found a way to return to its old kingdom. And as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange must shoulder the responsibility of stopping this monster’s plans. Even in Marvel Premiere #10, he had to kill the Ancient One to prevent Shuma-Gorath from using the character’s mind to create a portal through space.
It is difficult to measure the specific strength of Shuma-Gorath. Chapter Strange Tales Vol.2 #14 shows that it possesses an endless source of energy, just flicking one tentacle is enough to destroy a series of worlds in the multiverse. Shuma-Gorath is also described as “the ruler of hundreds of different dimensions”.
Although only appearing a few times in the comics, Zom’s power is really too terrible compared to the names above. In some chapters of Strange Tales, Stephen Strange and the Ancient One summoned Zom, a strange creature sealed in Timeless Amphora, to defeat and send Umar back to the Dark Dimension.
However, after that, self-identifying as “made to destroy everything”, Zom began to engage in a brutal rebellion with the intention of killing Strange and the Ancient Venerable, wiping out humanity and then speeding it up. to other worlds. It was only when the Living Tribunal, one of Marvel’s most powerful entities, intervened that Zom was sealed once more. The Living Tribunal even intends to destroy the Earth in order to clean up the stains that Zom has left on this place.
In modern series, Zom only appears in a state of partial power of himself, called Zomlings. And that will probably help Doctor Strange breathe a sigh of relief, because this is the most fearsome enemy he has ever faced, possibly threatening the entire fabric of reality in the world.
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