Earlier this year, Marvel Comics confirmed that Doctor Strange will die in an upcoming limited series titled, appropriately, The Death of Doctor Strange.
Marvel’s official announcement about the “The Death of Doctor Strange #1” — the first of a five-issue series — reads:
Written by Jed MacKay (BLACK CAT, MOON KNIGHT) with Lee Garbett (CAPTAIN MARVEL), DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE will be a five-issue epic that will tell the final chapter in the life of Doctor Strange. Able to defeat supernatural and interdimensional threats no other hero is equipped to handle, Strange was the only hero standing in the way of powerful new villains eager to claim Earth as their own. When he unexpectedly dies, who is left to protect Earth and keep the mystical evils at bay? And most importantly…who killed Stephen Strange? If he couldn’t stop them, who can? This rousing journey will dive into the mythos behind Doctor Strange, showcasing his unique—and vital—position amongst Marvel’s heroes and ultimately transform the future.
“‘What happens to the world if Doctor Strange isn’t in it?’ It’s a question that I’m excited to show people the answer to in DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE,” MacKay said. “Strange has been a Marvel fixture from the early days, but now, his time has run out and as a Strange fan, it’s been my bittersweet privilege to shepherd him through his last day and the effects that snowball out of it. We’ve cooked up a whale of a story to send Strange off with, and I can’t wait for people to join us on it!”
Now, Marvel has confirmed the three characters who will replace the Sorceror Supreme in the Marvel Comics universe. One description of the new trio states:
With a void left by the Master of the Mystic Arts, three new spooky characters will soon swoop in and take his place. This week, Marvel unveiled the cover of The Death of Doctor Strange #3, which includes our first look at a mystical new trio. A press release is calling them The Three Mothers, a trio including “deadly” characters “unlike any the Marvel Universe has encountered before.”
There’s the Wyrd, an alien-mage priestess; the Crown, a powerful Warrior-Queen; and the Crawling, a monstress composed of acid-mouther worms.
While we know little about how these characters will continue to play a role in the Marvel Comics world, or if they will ever crossover into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel fans have an exciting new chapter to look forward to when The Death of Doctor Strange releases in September.
What’s next for Doctor Strange in the MCU?
After some confusion about whether or not he had been recast, Marvel Cinematic Universe fans were recently thrilled to learn that MCU star Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Stephen Strange in the upcoming Marvel What If…? animated series, debuting on Disney+ on August 11.
Cumberbatch will be joined by many other live-action MCU Avengers franchise stars offering their voice talents, including Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/the Hulk), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Michael Douglas (Dr. Hank Pym), Michael B. Jordan (Erik “Killmonger” Stevens), Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton/Hawkeye), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), and late actor Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther).
Then, of course, Cumberbatch will be back in 2022 in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness alongside Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. The Sam Raimi project is expected to be more of a “horror” film than any MCU movie to date.
Are you intrigued by Doctor Strange’s replacements in the Marvel Comics world?