Exploring Rejected Designs for Charlize Theron’s Clea in Doctor Strange 2

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By Bruce Wayne

Delve into the captivating journey of character design with a closer look at twelve rejected interpretations of Charlize Theron’s Clea in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Each design offers a unique perspective on this enigmatic character, providing insight into the creative process behind her appearance.

Design 1 – Flowy Purple Attire

This initial concept draped Clea in long, flowing purple clothing, marked by a distinctive spherical visual motif on her cape.

Design 2 – Broad-Shouldered Look

Emphasizing Clea’s cape, this design aimed to create a broader shoulder silhouette.

Design 3 – Mystical Accessories

This iteration infused mystical elements, transferring the spherical imagery to Clea’s accessories, such as her belt.

Design 4 – Compact Outfit

Departing from the flowing style, this design adopted a more streamlined approach, featuring a compact outfit with exposed tattoos and no sleeves.

Design 5 – Streamlined Simplicity

This design stripped away the flowing elements, resulting in a sleeker and less fleshy appearance.

Design 6 – Poncho Addition

Building on the streamlined concept, another iteration added a stylish poncho, completing Clea’s outfit.

Design 7 – Mysterious Face Covering

In this rejected design, Clea donned a long, vibrant purple dress and a unique covering over half of her face.

Design 8 – Religious Zealot

A drastic stylistic shift gave Clea the appearance of a mysterious religious zealot.

Design 9 – Renaissance Elegance

Drawing inspiration from the Renaissance era, this design incorporated hints of witchcraft and elegance.

Design 10 – Veiled Mystery

Clea was portrayed wearing a veil and a long purple dress, exuding an air of mystique.

Design 11 – Abstract Powers

While details were scarce, this design offered a visually striking representation of Clea’s mystical abilities in action.

Design 12 – Fantastical Queen

Among all the designs, this one stood out as the most fantastical, evoking the image of a queen from a distant, shadowy realm.

A Departure from the Final Look

Comparing these rejected concepts to the final appearance of Clea in the movie, it becomes evident that the chosen design opted for simplicity and a more classic superhero aesthetic.

Clea’s Uncertain Future in the MCU

As of May, Charlize Theron had not received any official calls for a reprisal of the role, and the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike adds complexity to the situation. Nevertheless, Clea’s association with Doctor Strange fuels anticipation for her return to future MCU projects.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Now on Disney+

Fans have the opportunity to revisit Clea’s cinematic debut as the film is currently available for streaming on Disney+.